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David Binney: "In this age, we musicians need to do anything we can to make a living, and ninety-nine percent of us will have to do a wide variety of things." - (Jazz Times May 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.

Until July 21

Today Tuesday July 16

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

Gala Big Band w. ALAN BARNES: Strictly Come BRASSing - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £15.00. (£12.00. concs.). A Durham Brass Festival event.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc. raffle). RCJ with Don Armstrong (clarinet, saxophone, penny whistle, vocals).

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SOLD OUT!

Zoe Rahman & Laura MacDonald - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192.. 8:00pm. £12.00. (£10.00. concs.). JNE.

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Northern Monkey Brass Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Adrian Cox: Profoundly Blue @ The Watchtower Gallery, Berwick - January 18

Adrian Cox (clarinet); Joe Webb (piano); Simon Read (double bass); Gethin Jones (drums) 
(Review by Russell)

A first visit to Berwick's Watchtower Gallery, the purpose, to hear Adrian Cox perform his Profoundly Blue concert. A capacity audience repeatedly thundered its applause during a thrilling, high octane gig that comes along once in a (profoundly) blue moon. 

The Watchtower Gallery, built in 1848 to house a Presbyterian church, stands on West End on the north bank of the Tweed and, for a number of years, has functioned as an art gallery, principally to exhibit the work of the late Ian Stephenson. Large abstract canvases formed a backdrop to clarinetist Cox, fellow Kansas Smitty's member, pianist Joe Webb, bassist Simon Read and drummer Gethin Jones. 
Dardanella, the first of twelve tracks on Cox's Profoundly Blue album, opened this evening's concert with the bandleader effortlessly projecting to the far reaches of the gallery accompanied by an ace rhythm section. A 1941 studio date produced clarinetist Edmond Hall's Profoundly Blue, the now historic recording that gave Cox's project its name, and here in Berwick, the excitement levels, already at fever pitch, threatened to go off the scale with pianist Webb, himself a dazzling performer, shouting encouragement as Cox wailed, and wailed again. 

Hall, the subject of Cox's research, made his way from Louisiana to the bright lights of NYC, along the way working with many of the jazz greats. Cox presented his scholarly efforts in an informative, entertaining manner and we were left in no doubt that Profoundly Blue is a labour of love. 

A super-charged High Society elicited whoops of delight as the quartet upped the ante; this was brilliant stuff, surely the standard couldn't be maintained? Maintained? Make that 'surpassed' as Rodgers and Hart's Where or When ensured the blistering pace blistered some more. Brilliant, quite brilliant. Cox peppered his commentary with the big names Hall knew, worked with or simply revered - Emmett Berry, Charlie Christian, Baby Dodds, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Art Tatum...

On a previous visit to Berwick Cox offered a free CD to anyone who could come up with all six titles in an Ellington medley. No such offer this evening as Bebop Spoken Here ticked-off the Duke's masterworks. Cox's quartet worked late into the night playing Hall's riotous Rumpus on Rampart St.Neighbors (a rare slackening of the pace) and the ballad Rose in Her Window

Adrian Cox's Profoundly Blue tour dates continue into the spring. For those in BSH's northeast of England catchment area put this date in the diary - Saturday 2nd March (12:30pm) at Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club (St Augustine's Parish Centre). You won't believe how good it'll be. If you need convincing further, consider this - in July Adrian Cox is taking his show to Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center, NYC. Yes, it's that good!

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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