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Bill Reglein (JJ Babbitt m/pieces): "We made this mouthpiece for Eddie Harris. He played tenor sax and trumpet. He played in some pretty rough bars. The story goes that he was afraid he'd get in a fight and get his teeth knocked out. He figured that if even that happened he could still play tenor. So, the request came in, 'Can I get a reed mouthpiece for my trumpet?' the company made exactly one." - (DownBeat October 2019).


Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. Part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Today Sunday September 22



Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see above).

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm. Free.

Sunday Jazz in the Crypt - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 2:00-6:00pm. £12.00. + bf. Line-up: Noel Dennis Trio + Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat + Anthony Strong.

More Jam - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Somethin' Blue Trio - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. Tel: 01325 468411. 5:00-7:00pm. Free.


Memphis Cruisers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.



Alexys de Alfaro - Revoluçion de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle NE1 1EE. Tel: 0191 917 7076. 6:00pm. Free.

Paper Moon Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.

Fabled - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 232 6400. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00. JNE.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Summer Streets Festival @ Tall Ships, Sunderland - July 14

(Review by Russell).
For one year only, Sunderland's Summer Streets Festival relocated from Southwick to Seaburn Recreation Park. The little matter of the Tall Ships setting sail from the Wear during the afternoon to race across the North Sea to Scandinavia influenced the thinking of the organisers, it was, quite simply, too good an opportunity to turn down. 

All week perfect weather greeted an estimated one million plus visitors to Wearside and Saturday afternoon's entertainment in Seaburn Recreation Park saw a large crowd basking in soaring temperatures. Three stages, several smaller tented facilities, numerous portaloos, food and drink concessions...visitors could be forgiven for thinking Seaburn was like this all the time! 
The big attraction for jazz fans was an appearance by the Shake 'Em Up Jazz Band from New Orleans. An all-female six piece street brass band allocated a mere twenty-five minutes to show what the Crescent City had to offer, the Shake 'Em Up hit the ground running with Savoy Blues. The front line - Marla Dixon, trumpet and vocals, Chloe Feoranzo, clarinet and vocals, and trombonist Haruka Kikuchi - punched out solos as if to say 'this is who we are'! Say 'Si Si' with ex-pat Canadian Dixon taking a vocal, things were going well and the trumpeter's revelation that her grandfather came from Sunderland scored extra Brownie points! Feoranzo sang Sugar Blues, playing some tasty clarinet into the bargain and, with time against them, guitarist Molly Reeves sang On Coconut Island accompanied by Defne ' Dizzy' Incirlioglu's rock steady washboard rhythm and string bass player Julie Schexnayder. An excellent set, the Shake 'Em Up Jazz Band can be heard across County Durham in the coming days as part of this year's Durham Brass Festival.  

Opposite the Main Stage (lots of deck chairs!) on stage 2 were three familiar figures. Riff sounded equally familiar, these were the Archipelago guys - Faye MacCalman, tenor sax, John Pope, double bass, and drummer Christian Alderson. A Don Cherry tune then it was time to return to a Main Stage deck chair to catch Smoove and Turrell. Touring their new album Mount Pleasant the six-piece funksters - favourites at Hoochie Coochie - drew a huge crowd as the first of the Tall Ships made their way out into open water. Killer riffs from 2007's I Can't Give You Up to the new single Mr Hyde, S&T - John Turrell, vocals, Smoove, percussion, vocals, Lloyd Wright, guitar, vocals, Mike Porter, organ, keyboards, Tim McVicar, bass, and Lloyd Croft, drums - had 'em up dancing from the off. 

Summer Streets Festival is nothing if not varied. From Smoove and Turrell to the Royal Northern Sinfonia! The stage 2 crowd couldn't have been more attentive listening to the region's renowned chamber orchestra. Kyra Humphreys, violin, led the casual, shirt sleeve order musicians in a programme of Elgar, Holst, Peter Warlock (Capriol Suite) and JS Bach's Air on a G String.  

Before your correspondent departed the scene there was time to catch Big Red and the Grinners. A local legend is Big Red. Think Appalachian hillbilly, big red beard, that's Big Red! The Grinners, as with the main man, dressed to impress in dinner jackets. Wait a minute...shouldn't the RNS have been in evening wear? Oh, well, go with it! Big Red was at pains to credit Granpappy Red for writing so many great songs and, without seeking financial reward, giving these gems to other bands, tunes that have been heard by millions, perhaps billions, around the world - Word Up! (Cameo), Walk This Way (Run DMC), Pump Up the Jam (Technotronic), Country Roads (John Denver), yes, Granpappy Red was a generous soul. Of course, it was all a load of hogwash, but what hogwash! And make no mistake, these guys can play - guitar (and banjo), accordion, string bass and drums. Great entertainment, Big Red and the Grinners gig around the area, go see 'em. Yeeehaaaw!, as Big Red is fond of saying.          

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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