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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 Tuesday July 23

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood; Paul Grainger; Matt MacKellar.

Archipelago & J Frisco + Mark Williams Trio - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £9.90.

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

Friday, November 23, 2018

Radio Pensacola Band @ Prohibition Bar, Gateshead - Nov 22

Kevin Eland (trumpet); Django (tenor sax, vocals); Dave Archibold (keyboards); Ron Smith (bass guitar); Mark Hawkins (drums) 
(Review by Russell)

Two gigs in one evening. Possible, but a degree of planning was essential. Curiosity took your correspondent south of the river to Gateshead's Prohibition Bar to check out Teesside's Radio Pensacola Band.  

Straighten Up and Fly Right sang Django. Django? Reinhardt...no, not quite. Spaghetti western Django...no, not exactly. This Django was the zoot-suited frontman of the Radio Pensacola Band. Pensacola, Florida could well have something in common with Teesside but at the time of writing (gone midnight) nothing springs to mind. 

Ain't Misbehavin' sang Django. They weren't...misbehavin' that is. Sharp suits, heat left at the door, these guys were pussycats not mobsters. Big cat Kevin Eland bossed the Pensacola mob although he was content to let Django do the talking...and singing...and play some tenor sax. The rhythm section - pianist Dave Archibold, bass guitarist Ron Smith, Mark Hawkins, drums - did the necessary but it was the affable Woody Allen/Arthur Askey lookalike, aka Django, who stood in the spotlight. 

As the interval beckoned the Radio Pensacola Band went out - and over to the bar - on Fly Me to the Moon followed by a muted Kevin Eland searching for Minnie the Moocher. The interval, it was time to depart and head for a second gig of the evening.       
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.)
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