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Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).

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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 September 17

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 - 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Acoustic Infusion with the Mighty Horns - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm). £5.00. Rick Laughlin & co.

Strictly Smokin’ Sessions - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 819845. 8:00pm. £4.00. Guest: Don Armstrong (reeds). Note earlier start.

Blues

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

Friday, January 18, 2019

Big Band Library available

(By Chris Bailey)
Following a previous announcement about 18 months ago I am instructed to offer for disposal the extensive arrangement ‘pad’, sheet music archive and tuition-volume collection of the late Derek Bridge. I must apologise to those who previously showed interest in this collection by responding. Derek’s wife Wendy, at that time, felt that there was more material stored at their home and it was whilst waiting to retrieve this that the subsequent unfortunate delay occurred.

Derek was born in London and attended Ealing College of Art. This, whilst also attending lessons with the legendary Charles Chapman, the same saxophone teacher as Barbara Thompson - result Derek went on to work and tour extensively with Adam Faith’s band. He then subsequently performed in various ‘palais big bands’ of the day -In particular The ‘Denis Langfield Band’. Whilst playing with these various orchestras, he came to blow alongside such notable musicians as drummer/keyboard player Garry Husband and the great tenor sax player, Red Price. 

Derek’s calligraphy was second to none and he secured a job writing arrangements and parts for the famous ‘Pop Plan’ music publishers based in Leeds. 

After marrying Wendy, Derek made his way north via Brighton, East Anglia and Leeds, -eventually settling in Yarm. By this time he had become a very successful teacher joining both the prestigious Teesside High School and Yarm School teaching-staff, whilst holding lessons for young and adult private pupils.

He, in particular, loved ‘improv’ jazz-gigging, and once established on Teesside, became the leader of the Middlesbrough Big Band. He also formed several excellent combos for the dance and function circuit. 

He was a superb jazz clarinetist and saxophonist, arranger and educator who was always cheerful, encouraging and with a wonderful sense of humour. He was one of life's real gentleman who was held in high regard by both his fellow musicians and his past pupils, many of whom would keep in regular contact with him.

The archive consists of dozens of folders containing arrangements and parts across a wide genre of performance music and musician-combinations. There is also a very extensive selection of books/ scores/ instructive publications covering all manner of music which are in ‘new’ condition. 

Wendy, would dearly like this complete archive to go on to serve other musicians in some form. She fully realises that in the days of ‘on-line’ availability in terms of sheet-music its value is depleted -but would be delighted to receive a realistic offer by which she could make a donation to musical charities of her choice.
Chris Bailey 
It is available to view in Yarm by telephoning 01642-653286. In the event of no answer -please leave a message and I will get back to you.


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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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