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Poncho Sanchez: "When I perform it's my life story." - (DownBeat October 2019).

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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 Thursday September 19

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Alexito & Loco Machine - Revoluçion de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle NE1 1EE. Tel: 0191 917 7076. 6:00pm. Free.

Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Arc, Dovecot St., Stockton on Tees TS18 1LL. Tel: 01642 525199. 7:00pm. £12.00. + £0.10. bf. ‘Jazz & Tapas’ (booking essential). Guest: Alice Grace.

Bradley Johnston Quartet - St James' & St Basil's Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £8.00. (£4.00. student).

Sudden Jazz Quintet - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free (donations).

Eclectic - Tees Hot Club, Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9:00pm. Free. Rick Laughlin (keys); Alan Thompson, Dan Johnson, Sue Ferris, Josh Bentham (saxes); Ian Halford (drums).

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Blues/Soul/Funk

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

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Mark Williams & Joel Byrne-McCullough @ The Dun Cow, Jesmond - August 29

Mark Williams (guitar); Joel Byrne-McCullough (guitar)
(Review by Russell)
In recent times, principally at this year's Ushaw Jazz Festival and earlier at Durham's Gala Theatre, several practitioners have given concert performances focussing on the art of jazz guitar. James Birkett at the Gala alongside George MacDonald, at Ushaw, Early Birder Matthew Downey, In Other Words' Nathan Lawson, undergraduate Francis Tulip, Giles Strong and Roly Veitch, and, getting a nod of appreciation from Alan Barnes, Strictly Smokin's Pav Jedrzejewski. Three days on from Ushaw's big bash two quiet men of the guitar - Mark Williams and Joel Byrne-McCullough - played a gig of their own at the Dun Cow.
The Brandling Park pub was quiet, perhaps some chose to watch Newcastle's League Cup tie on satellite tv. A hardcore turned out to listen to the two unassuming men from Northern Ireland. Set-up minimal, an iPhone set list, a pint at hand, Mark and Joel were ready to go. 

There'll Never Be Another You, Chick Corea's WindowsAutumn in New York, for the jazz guitar fan this was as close to paradise as they're likely to get. The select audience showed its appreciation, listening, then applauding, the sort of gig that had an at home, front room feel about it. 

Mark and Joel go way back, studying music at Newcastle College, gigging around town, then going their separate ways in pursuit of a career in music. Years later with many miles on the clock - countless gigs, international touring, recording sessions - the duo recently picked up where they left off.   

Out of Nowhere into Stella by Starlight, then, out of nowhere, a lone punk - full regalia, red Mohican - stepped forward to shake the hand of our guitar duo saying: Yer mint, mint! Call that a concise review.

Our mint duo continued; a solo, lines exchanged, sublime understatement. Darn That DreamGirl TalkAll the Things You Are, the hardcore appreciative, Mark and Joel appreciative of their audience - Thanks for coming out, said Joel. I'll Be Seeing YouSolar with Joel fleetingly quoting Milestones, Williams and McCullough were just about done. 

Spain confirmed our duo as A-listers, and who would believe that on a Wednesday evening in a leafy Newcastle suburban pub one could hear such fine jazz guitarists? As our punk friend said; Mint! 
Russell 

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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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