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Barry Harris (in 1981): "There is not one place in the world that you can find more jazz musicians from than Detroit." - (DownBeat, September 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 Monday August 19

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

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

Monday, October 29, 2018

DU Jazz Soc @ Fabio's Bar - October 28

(Review by Russell)
DU Jazz Soc = Durham University Jazz Society. Organised by and for students there is a range of activities across the city of Durham with, perhaps, a weekly jam session the most prominent event. 

This academic year jam sessions are being promoted in Fabio's Bar, a third-floor space on Saddler Street. It's the sort of place where you might expect Bogie or Alan Ladd to push past you, looking behind them as they flee the scene of some noirish felony. Stairs dimly lit, wrought iron balustrades, a dizzying ascent (no elevator). Listen, that's a horn player. 

An exit/entry technician (aka bouncer) greeted punters at the door, not that it mattered, but there wasn't a door. The proprietor perhaps decided to remove the door rather than risk an irate guest taking it off its hinges.

The joint was jumpin'. Durham's Bright Young Things were looking cool. The coolest toted an alto or tenor, standing cool in the shadows, waiting their turn. Someone had written down a list, a long list, of names, these were the hopeful sitters-in. And still they arrived...horns, guitarists, pianists, drummers, vocalists. 

Zach Fox led the line, this evening tenor sax his chosen instrument. Others blew alto, Rob Singleton suggested Come Fly with Me, singing with as much Rat Pack cool as he could muster with iPhone in hand (lyrics on a screen)! Juliane Deil played some good jazz piano in the din...this was a student gig, you know!

The Chronotic Brass trumpet boys Alex Flanders and Louis Clayden livened up proceedings, guitarist Tom Burgess impressed just as he had done last year playing alongside Dan Garel. And still they arrived, instrument cases strewn across the floor. The tunes were familiar - The Lady is a TrampMisty, some Jobim, All the Things You AreAll of Me, and the tune of the night, Footprints with excellent work from one of the new kids on the block, bass player Isaac. Bebop Spoken Here is on the case and will catch up with Isaac.

Fabio's jam session is open to the public, it's free admission, seven thirty start. If you want a seat, best of luck, they're at a premium!
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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