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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.

Until July 21

Today Monday July 15

Afternoon

Jazz

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

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

Evening

Mnozil Brass: Cirque - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 0300 266 600. 7:30pm. £23.00. (£19.00. concs.). A Durham Brass Festival event.

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

Friday, November 02, 2018

Classic Jazz Party 2018: Welcome Jam Session - Nov 1

(Review by Russell)
Ten at night and the Victory was packed. The Village Hotel's on-site pub sure did look welcoming with its open fire and rustic beams, our visiting American friends no doubt impressed at this little piece of historic England. Don't tell them, but it is, of course, late twentieth-century fakery! 

We were just down the road from New York, making our American friends feel right at home. That's New York, North Tyneside, not New York, USA. Easily confused, especially at night. The Classic Jazz Party's opening event was underway led by the all-American trumpet player Duke Heitger. Keeping him company from back home was first-time visitor to the CJP,  Dan Levinson. The tall New Yorker stood alongside the not so tall fellow reedman Matthias Seuffert, Completing the frontline, another debutant, trombonist Adrian Fry, a man as tall and talented as Levinson. 

Old Fashioned Love eased us into the three-day extravaganza, solos going across the frontline and on to the session's pianist, Martin Litton (see photo). A room full of classic jazz era aficionados would have hung around until silly o'clock but as the musicians on the stand had an early call - rehearsals from 8:30am - the one hour set drew to a close all too soon but not before an exquisite Skylark featured Heitger's mellow side and the two clarinets of Seuffert and Levinson. The all-British engine room - Litton, the always-acoustic Martin Wheatley playing guitar and a little banjo, the ever-reliable string bassist Malcolm Sked and percussion master Nick Ward - set the standard for the weekend's musical festivities.   

And that was it, save for the ebullient Jeff Barnhart playing an impromptu tune or two. Mule Walk was nothing short of brilliant; stride patterns for fun, nonchalantly done - easy when you know how! And to close (a request for Bridget, all the way from the States), Tijuana. It had been a wonderful start to this year's Classic Jazz Party. Friday's action begins at noon. Day tickets (ten hours of hot jazz plus a late night jam session) priced at £55 are available on the door.   
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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