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Giovanni Guidi: "So many jazz albums today are all original compositions, and five minutes after the record is finished, you can't remember a single song. I think it's a problem." - (JazzTimes Oct. 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 Thursday October 17

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Aurora - St James' & St Basil's Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £8.00. (£4.00. student). Zoë Gilby, Noel Dennis & co play the music of Tom Harrell.

No Fox - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

Darlington Big Band - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Gerry Richardson Jazz Quartet - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 8:30pm (doors 7:00pm). Free.

Blues/Soul/Funk

Holy Moly & the Crackers - Georgian Theatre, Green Dragon Yard, Stockton TS18 1AE. Tel: 01642 674115. 7:30pm. £12.00.

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

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Jam Session @ The Black Swan - Jan. 22

Mark Williams (guitar); Paul Grainger (bass); Russ Morgan (drums) + Elliott Todd (flugel); Graham Easthope, Ian White (tenor sax); Steve Summers (soprano sax); Jordan Alfonso, Faye Thompson (alto); Abbie Finn (drums); Poppy (flute/vocal); Minnie Fraser, Rob (from Derbyshire (vocals); John Pope (bass).
(Review by Lance).
View PHOTOS.
Like many a jam, this one began low key with only a spirited version of April in Paris to keep the customers from nodding off. Mark Williams in fine form and Russ Morgan having a burn whilst Paul Grainger bass-fiddled. 

The mellow mood continued as Elliott Todd, toting a newly acquired flugelhorn, waxed lyrical on Misty. Graham Easthope, who looks nothing like Michael Caine, upped the ante with Alfie's Tune before the gender balance was evened out when Abbie took over on drums and Minnie sang Lullaby of Birdland and Stardust complete with verse. 
By now, the room was fairly crowded as bods with bags and cases materialised. Amongst these was Jordan Alfonso who dazzled on Sister Sadie and jam session perennial There Will Never Be Another You

Enter Steve Summers. You could tell he was serious - he had a quick tune-up before joining Jordan for an emotive rendition of I Remember Clifford. This was 5-star stuff with both players showing mutual admiration. Older fans will remember the late Bobby Carr's version and this was way up in that league.

Faye Thompson replaced Jordan for a groove-based number that I recognised but couldn't name - help needed! The girl was in good form.

Next up Pope and Poppy. Apart from name similarity they were colour co-ordinated (see photo). Pope on bass, Poppy on flute and vocals for The Shadow of Your Smile and Wave.
A melodic interlude before the impending storm with which all self-respecting jam sessions conclude with.

Ian White and Faye hit the funk trail with Road Song, Steve made it six on Four and then all hell broke loose!

Just about each and everyone was up there jamming like it was the eve of Armageddon with the addition of Rob (from Derbyshire), an unassuming chap who had been sitting at our table nursing a cup of tea (or maybe it was something more blues orientated such as black coffee), who joined the fray and hollered the blues as if he was  Blind Lemon Hooker up from Georgia after selling his soul to the devil at a crossroads.

A fitting finale although I felt I should have been going home on a Greyhound bus rather than the 27 Crusader.
Lance.

1 comment :

Rob Cockayne said...

Thoroughly enjoyed this session Lance. All the players were superb; Ron, Linda & Cec were great company. This will be an abiding memory of my visit to Newcastle.

Rob

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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Lance