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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 Saturday August 17

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Newcastle Jazz Festival - Tyne Bank Brewery, Walker Road, Newcastle NE6 2AB. Tel: 0191 265 2828. £15.00. All day event, line-up:

Zoë Gilby & Andy Champion (1:30pm)

Alan Law Trio (2:40pm)

Mark Williams Trio (3:50pm)

Emma Fisk & James Birkett (5:00pm)

(Evening)

Alexander Bone (6:15pm)

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band (7:45pm).

Blues/Funk/Soul

King Snake - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Friday, October 12, 2018

Paul Skerritt & James Harrison @ The Jazz Café - October 11

Paul Skerritt (vocals) & James Harrison (piano, keyboards, accordion)
(Review by Russell)
Jazz Café favourites Paul Skerritt and James Harrison made a return visit to Newcastle's Pink Lane venue following their successful appearance during the long hot days of summer. The duo has established a simple, winning formula - Skerritt chooses a favourite tune, then Harrison makes a selection - and they stick to it. 

Witty repartee is part of the act with the duo having a laugh, poking fun at one another, laughing at themselves and, importantly, interacting with the audience. The latter quality isn't a universal trait and perhaps some other gigging musicians could take a leaf out of their book. 

The Gasbook - It's Only a Paper MoonIt Don't Mean a ThingPuttin' on the Ritz -   took its chance alongside an assortment of popular songs ranging from All About the Bass (it's the PMJ phenomenon!) and Ain't No Sunshine to the evening's closing number, the get-up-and-dance (some did) Let the Good Times Roll

Dig beneath the surface and you'll find Skerritt and Harrison are more than merely good time entertainers. Skerritt's deep tenor to baritone rendition of Gregory Porter's emotive Take Me to the Alley tells you he can sing the heavyweight stuff when the mood takes him and his partner-in-frivolity, Harrison can play a mean jazz piano - for example effortlessly incorporating stride patterns into his solo flights, notably I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter.  

Harrison briefly disappeared - had he gone to the gents? No, of course not, he'd gone to pick up his accordion! And he can play it, that's for sure. What's more, some of the buttons no longer work due to our pianist/accordionist falling off a uni-cycle whilst playing it on Northumberland Street. The good musician that he is, Harrison more than got a tune out of it, at one point standing on a stool without thinking of the possible consequences...more broken buttons/a broken arm/a bruised shin* 

At the end of the evening, the Jazz Café's proprietor announced that he had booked the duo to make a quick return - the date for your diary is Thursday, November 15. 
Russell.
* It can be confirmed that no harm came to the performers during the making of the evening's entertainment.              

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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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