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Mark Walker: "A drummer in a big band is always happy. It's like driving a big bus." - (Downbeat, August 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 Wednesday July 24

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Thursday, November 22, 2018

The Radio Pensacola Band @ Dormans Jazz Club Middlesbrough - Nov.15

Kevin Eland (trumpet); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax/clarinet); Django (tenor sax/vocals); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bass); and Mark Hawkins (drums).
 (Review by Ron H)

A special guest night with Radio Pensacola led by Kevin Eland who played music mainly from the '20s '30s and '40s. I'm not sure where the band's name came from other than that there is a radio station of that name in Florida so maybe it relates to someone's holidays or harks back to when Kevin was working the cruise ships.

Straighten Up and Fly Right followed by Ain't Misbehavin' got the evening underway. Both had vocals from Django and nice solos from Donna on tenor and Ron on bass.

A fine arrangement, this time from 1963, of Kenny Burrell's Chitlins Con Carne with Donna on clarinet, Django on tenor and a paint-stripping trumpet solo from Kevin.

Basin St. Blues; a quirky version of Anything Goes with vocals from Django; a  feature for Donna's clarinet on the old Monty Sunshine favourite, Sidney Bechet's Petite Fleur; Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You?)
Nat King Cole's Frim Fram  Sauce, and 
Midnight in Moscow, went down well before the first half was brought a close with an up tempo version of Fly Me to the Moon.


Second set

After Stars Fell On Alabama, the band stayed in the deep south with Hard Hearted Hannah; an entertaining King of the Swingers - set up by Mark on drums - Bessie Smith's Baby, Won't You Please Come Home?; Girl From Ipanema; Lets Fall in Love, the tongue twisting Nagasaki; and then, for the encore, Vo-do-do-de-o Blues bringing the performance to a close.

The band went down well with an enthusiastic audience and these fine musicians, under the leadership of Kevin and with the flamboyant and witty vocals of Django, made for a first class evening of entertainment.
Ron H.

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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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