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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.

Wednesday September 18

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

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

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

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CANCELLED

Archipelago + Freese Trio - Bobik's, Punch Bowl Hotel, Jesmond Road, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3JY. Tel: 0191 284 0490. 7:30pm. £5.00.

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Levee Ramblers NOJB w. Jim McBriarty (clarinet) & Bob Wade (trumpet) - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Monday, August 20, 2018

Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Blaydon Jazz Club - August 19

Zoë Gilby (vocals); Mark Williams (guitar); Andy Champion (double bass); Richard Brown (drums)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Roly Veitch)
Stormy weather, no, not the tune, rather the plain English meteorologists use to make comprehensible to the rest of us a subject that goes over our heads...literally! And so it was, mid-March, with snow on the ground, Blaydon Jazz Club took the decision to call off an appearance by a north east favourite, vocalist Zoë Gilby.
Fast forward to August, the weather, if not quite blue skies, was mild and dry. Zoë and the boys arrived safely at the Black Bull ready and willing. The Gilby-Champion (that's double bass player Andy) songwriting partnership contributes to the quartet's setlist alongside standards, be they GASbook, bop classics or contemporary popular material.
Rhythm-a-Ning for starters, Love for Sale - a song for Aretha, said Gilby, followed by an original number - In it Together, three of the early highlights. Gilby's band is of the A-list variety; Andy Champion is as good as any, and better than most that you care to name; guitarist Mark Williams doesn't say much, he lets his guitar do the talking, and boy, he makes it talk. A composer and bandleader himself, Williams can strip paint when the occasion demands, on this occasion 'supreme accompanist' was the requirement and he delivered with aplomb. The quiet man at the back, drummer Richard Brown, does what is required of him, consider that a compliment, with his use of mallets on Midnight Bell an object lesson in 'less is more'. 

Second set - more of the same high-quality music, beginning with Victor Young's A Weaver of Dreams. This, and many other numbers, illustrated Gilby's expert annunciation of a lyric, all the while engaging with the audience, her stagecraft finely honed. The man at the back, Mr R Brown, had some fun on Caravan as the quartet swung it with panache. Lieber and Stoller's Some Cats Know raised knowing smiles across the room begging the question: Does anyone not know?! 

It was time to go and as we were listening to the Zoë Gilby Quartet that meant going out on the evocative Gilby-Champion composition Red City. Jazz at the Black Bull next month - September 16 - features a first Blaydon appearance by Alan Law. The genial pianist's trio will be joined for the occasion by guitarist James Birkett. Another one to look forward to!
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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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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