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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.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Nu Bossa Band @ Sage Gateshead - Dec 21

Inês Gonçalves (piano, vocals); Thomas Dixon (tenor sax); José Gonçalves (bass guitar); Ben Fitzgerald (percussion)
(Review by Russell)

A new band, its roots in Portugal and Gateshead, Sage Gateshead specifically. Nu Bossa lays claim to authenticity. Inês Gonçalves born in Portugal sings in her native tongue, father José thinks in Portuguese keeping his thoughts to himself surrounded as he is by Tyneside's predominately English (and incomprehensible Geordie) speakers. Saxophonist Thomas Dixon speaks English with, perhaps, a smattering of words from the Iberian Peninsula, and djembe-playing percussionist Ben Fitzgerald speaks English and who knows what else? 

The seductive sounds of bossa is their common bond, new bossa...the Nu Bossa Band. Sitting at the piano Inês sang, introducing the numbers, José the steadying influence, Thomas, sporting a new look - pocket 'kerchief to boot! - went for the laid back, not quite Getzian, sound of sun, sand, sea and seasonal tenor saxophone with percussionist Ben demonstrating that a drummer doesn't always require the heavy artillery of bass drum, toms and snares.

Dindi opened the half-hour set in front of an attentive concourse gathering. A second number prompted your scribe to scribble '?' - not in any way questioning Nu Bossa's musicality, more a lack of familiarity with Portuguese! Later Inês kindly supplied the title - Inutil Paisagem. A correction, if required, should be addressed to: Editor, BSH.  

Corcovado's gently swaying rhythms took us to Rio and back whereupon Thomas got all the notes in the right order on One Note Samba. This being the season of goodwill Inês closed Nu Bosssa's set with a nice take on Santa Baby.   
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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