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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 September 24

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Cancelled!

JCM: In Memory of Jon Hiseman - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:00pm. £20.00. (£18.00. adv.). Clem Clemson (guitar); Mark Clarke (bass); Ralph Salmins (drums). Support: T-A-B ((Tom Atkinson Band).

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Alter Ego - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Blues

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

How it all began (for me) by Ann Alex

When I first became interested in jazz in about 2007, a friend with very wide tastes in music compiled a CD for me as an introduction to jazz. So I thought I’d outline the tracks as a suggestion of what to play for someone new to jazz. It certainly worked for me.

1/ Blue Ortani -  Herbie Hancock  
A tune new to me, lots of flowing piano, but with a strong melody which never gets lost among the improvisation. My idea of ideal jazz.

2/ Stormy Weather -  Billie Holiday
Heartfelt singing, a lesson for all singers, it’s all been said already.

3/ Summertime - Booker T & The MGs (note to Lance, NOT SUNG) Featuring guitar, bass and B3 (I think) very effective, strong turnarounds at the end of each section. Great stuff.

4/ Autumn Leaves  - Stan Getz  Pleasing straightforward tenor sax.

5/ St James Infirmary - Jack Teagarden  This is big band swing with clapping and a male chorus which still manages to get the pathos of the song across. ‘Hush, hush, hush, darlin’ baby’ they sing.

6/ New Orleans Function -  Louis Armstrong  New Orleans funeral music, camped up to the hilt, amusing, clever trumpet/cornet (?), slow as they approach the graveyard them fast and rollicking as they leave to the tune of Oh Didn’t He Ramble.

7/ Body And Soul - Coleman Hawkins. Not sung, but I later had to learn the song so I had a head start despite the fact that the melody is only suggested. Featuring piano and tenor sax with a steady beat from the rest of the band.

8/ On Green Dolphin Street - Herbie Hancock, alternate version. Absolutely beautiful, superb improvisation played to a gentle repeated riff.

9/ Seven Minds - Jimmy Ponder  I’ve no idea who Jimmy Ponder is, but this is the CD’s longest track, involving guitar, keys, brushed drums, vibes, bass and clarinet, with the frontline instruments taking the tune in turn as expected, effective jazz.

10/ Danse Norvegienne - Django Reinhardt. A jazz version of a Grieg (?) composition, with clever guitar improvisations.

11/ Flamenco Sketches Miles Davis.  My introduction to Miles and cool jazz. Needs no comment for BSH readers, and others who – if any - don’t know this music should simply listen to it, and it really does have flamenco influences.

12/ Take Five - Dave Brubeck Quartet. I’ve loved this piece since childhood. Tricky 5/4 timing of course, and the drumming is fascinatingly unpredictable.
13/ Blue In Green - Miles Davis. Ditto track 11 above, without the flamenco.

14/ Run the Voodoo Down - Cassandra Wilson.  A marvellous piece of singing. I don’t know how she kept to the timing as there are no obvious leads from the band of guitar, sax, drums and bass, who do creepy ‘voodoo’ sounds. The spirited song is powerful ‘When it comes to makin’ music (travel, love) I’ll run the voodoo down’ she sings.

15/ Where Flamingos Fly - Gil Evans.  A delightfully singable tune from reeds and piano.

16/ I Put A Spell On You - Mica Paris.  A soul version rather than jazz, with an orchestra and rock style guitar solo. All stops out for the last chorus, a fitting finale to the CD.

A pretty good introduction to jazz, I thought. Personally, more vocal tracks would have made the listening even better, although I know that others will disagree, but still very enjoyable. Now start to plan your own mix tape/cd to persuade non-jazz people into the fold.

Ann Alex

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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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