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Abdullah Ibrahim: "For me jazz is the highest form of music." - (DownBeat, September 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 August 25



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. Free.

Alice Grace & Nick Pride @ Great North Feast, Bents Park, Sea Road, South Shields NE33 2LD. Time 12 noon-1:00pm. Free. A 'Proper Food & Drink Festivals' event - 10:00am-5:00pm.

Zoë Gilby Family All Stars - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 1:00pm. £6.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

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

John Pope Quintet - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 4:00pm. £8.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

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

Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, Houndgate, Darlngton DL1 5RL. Tel: 01325 788564. 5:00-7:00pm. Free.


The Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 2:00pm. Free.

The Palaminos - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 5:00pm. Free.



Buck Clayton Legacy Band - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 7:00pm. £14.00. & £12.00. Line-up: Menno Daams, Ian Smith (trumpets), Robert Fowler (alto sax), Matthias Seuffert (tenor sax), Adrian Fry (trombone), Martin Litton (piano), Alyn Shipton (double bass), Clark Tracey (drums). Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Joseph Carville Trio - Devonport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 AS. Tel: 01325 332255. 7:30pm.

Francis Tulip Quintet - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 232 6400. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00. Quintet feat Xhosa Cole (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2018).

The Comet is Coming - Georgian Theatre, Green Dragon Yard, Stockton TS18 1AT. Tel: 01642 606525. 8:00pm. £14.00.

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

Friday, July 06, 2018

Taylor Smith & The Roamin' Jasmine @ Kommunity - July 5

Taylor Smith (double bass/vocals); Georgi Petrov (guitar); Darius Blanton (drums); Jose Holloway (trumpet); Peter Gustorfson (trombone).
(Review by Lance).
Here in Newcastle, we have got many New Orleans bands and none who are actually from the Crescent City itself. However, last night that all changed at Kommunity, a trendy Market St. bar and venue where the local dance group Swing Tyne welcomed, all the way from the Big Easy (via Scarborough), Taylor Smith and The Roamin' Jasmine.
Authentic, contemporary, sounds of yesterday played today. No squeaky liquor stick, raspy tailgate tram, washboard, tuba, slap bass or clunking banjo to send you back out into the night. Instead, it was bassist Smith leading from the front singing in a slightly nasal, but not unpleasant, voice, whilst playing bass alongside the full, round tones of the two horns, electric guitar that had maybe dropped by Nashville en route and some solid drumming from Blanton who had surely paraded along South Rampart St. in his time.
The material consisted of some good ol' good ones that Taylor and the boys transformed into good noo good ones without losing the original feel.
Muddy Water was more Muddy Waters than Bing Crosby and perhaps based on the Bessie Smith version. After You've Gone (complete with verse) was another number at one time associated with Bessie. A Big Maybelle number moved us into R'n'B territory; There Will Never Be Another You; an original; Well I Done Got Over it; Blues Shuffle Heart, all foot-tapping fun showing off the band's collective and individual talents. Blues Shuffle Heart had some stunning four bar exchanges between trumpet and trombone that was so much more exciting than the formulaic round of fours between drummer and whoever that invariably bores the pants off me. This musical exchange ensured I kept my pants on! Whilst all this magic was being conjured up on stage, down on the floor, the Swing Tyne dancers were performing their own mysterious art, just as they had done earlier to records by the Metronome All-Stars (Sweet Lorraine w. Frank, Hodges, Shavers etc.); Ellington; BG; Fats and others. My kind of disco or should I say Record Hop?
The set finished with Exactly Like You and It Can't be Me.
An insipid pint of Bud Light, a quick chat with Taylor Smith then back into the groove with Roll on Mississippi Roll on, a song about whisky (I Got Loaded?) then I'm Confessin' by which time I had to leave to hop an eastbound freighter (number 27 bus). It had been yet another evening of unadulterated musical pleasure.
PS: Prior to the gig, walking down Northumberland St., I heard someone singing I'm Thru With Love. Must be coming from the HMV store, I thought, then I remembered, the HMV store was no more. I looked about me and there was this attractive young, long blonde-haired, girl busking, singing to a backing tape. Must return to Northumberland St. singers of this calibre are rare.


carstairs said...

I was there with just two of the North East's jazz supporters. Where were they? Great gig!
Come to that, where are the Swing Tyne people at Jazz gigs? Perhaps there is an essential difference in audience expectations ( and massive age difference?)

Lance said...

I'd never been to Kommunity before and when 'er indoors asked me where I was going? I mistakenly replied Kommunications. She didn't look happy.
When I returned she asked me if I'd kommunicated...

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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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