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Bill Reglein (JJ Babbitt m/pieces): "We made this mouthpiece for Eddie Harris. He played tenor sax and trumpet. He played in some pretty rough bars. The story goes that he was afraid he'd get in a fight and get his teeth knocked out. He figured that if even that happened he could still play tenor. So, the request came in, 'Can I get a reed mouthpiece for my trumpet?' the company made exactly one." - (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 Saturday September 21

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Solitude - St John's Church, Grainger St., Newcastle NE1 5JG. 11:00am & 2:00pm. Free. Gabriele Heller’s audio play (40mins).

Jeff Barnhart’s Silent Film Festival: Reel 2 - St Augustine's Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm. £10.00. (under 16s free). Barnhart’s piano accompaniment to classic silent films.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen: River Tyne Jazz Cruise - Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Departing 1:00pm (boarding from 12:30pm) from o/s Pitcher & Piano, returning 4:00pm. Tickets: £25.00. (info 0191 252 9429/07710 528413). On board buffet & Tyne Bank Brewery bar.

Evening

Ronnie Scott's All Stars - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. Tel: 01642 815181. 8:00pm. £22.50. (inc bf). Ronnie Scott's Story: 60th Anniversary Concert.

Nikki Iles, Karen Sharp & Friends - Queen's Hall Library, Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LS. Tel: 01434 652477. 9:30pm. £15.00. A Hexham Abbey Festival of Music & Arts event.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Bullfrog Blues Band - 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, November 23, 2018

Harlem Bound with Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms - Nov 23

Maureen Hall (vocals); Jim McBriarty (clarinet, vocals); Don Fairley (trombone); Malcolm Armstrong (keyboards); George Davidson (drums, vocals) + Doris Fenn (banjo)
(Review by Russell) 

Fresh from another successful weekend away in Bellingham Maureen Hall's Rendezvous Jazz reported for duty at the Monkseaton Arms ready to resume the band's ever-popular weekly residency. 

It was good to see Don Fairley back on the stand, taking his seat alongside Jim McBriarty, either side of band leader Maureen Hall. That Teasin' Rag got things underway, Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans? with Hall's vocals, then drummer George Davidson singing Hello Dolly, a typically varied Rendezvous Jazz setlist. 

Rockin' Chair, Hall again, this time singing We Shall Walk Through the City (Don Fairley's quicksilver trombone solo), the London Pride tasting just fine, a nice way to spend an hour or two down at the coast. Raffle time, nothing new to report there. 
 Clarinettist Jim McBriarty sings a tune or two and he opened the second set with It Don't Mean a Thing (if it Ain't Got That Swing) with the great Doris Fenn sitting-in on banjo. Hall offered a measured reading of As Time Goes By supported by the fine instrumentalists at her side. Our band leader went on to offer McBriarty his clarinet part for Harlem Bound...or so she thought.* The band proceeded to play the tune with more than one raised eyebrow in the ranks. Something wasn't quite right. It took a while until Hall realised she'd handed McBriarty the alto sax part. Much hilarity ensued.   

Baby, Won't You Please Come Home? vied for the highlight of the afternoon, pianist Malcolm Armstrong was his mischevious self during the session, at one point throwing in two bars of Jingle Bells (howay, man, it's only November 23!), Hall singing Bill Bailey restored a semblance of order and as three o'clock approached When You're Smiling sent us on our way.
Russell

As your correspondent made to leave, bandleader Hall asked/attempted to bribe Bebop Spoken Here not to mention the Harlem Bound episode. It should be made clear that BSH reports without fear or favour, telling it as it is. Although, come to think of it, a pint of London Pride could have bought its silence!   

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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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