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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 Monday August 19

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

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

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Jam Session @ the Black Swan - January 8.

(Review by Lance/PHOTOS.) 

Sixteen swingers at the first jam of 2019 and it set the bar high for the rest of the year not least when the house trio opened up with You'd be so Nice to Come Home to and You Don't Know What Love is. A couple of numbers that told the awaiting jammers that, if they fell on their ass it wouldn't be because of any shortcomings in the backing.

Nobody fell!

Ray Johnson was first up with Tangerine and Softly as in a Morning Sunrise. Alan Law introduced the former tune as "A Xmas song"!

Nick Gould, all the way from Edinburgh, made the trip worthwhile with There is no Greater Love and Body and Soul.


A new face, a new voice is always welcome and Jenny Kanellea made an impressive debut with Temptation (not the old Perry Como hit!) and Sway (the old Dean Martin hit). We look forward to hearing her again.

Tonight the onus was on the tenor sax or, to be more precise, four of them and number two was John Rowland who, undaunted by the tenor storm that had been blown up earlier, took us for a Blues Walk and I Wish I Knew How it Felt to be Free. Alan Law's solo added a lot of exclamation marks to my notebook. Matt MacKellar, on drums, had a few exclamation marks of his own on the score sheet. Matt returns to the venue on Thursday with Ben Lawrence, Andy Champion and Niffi Osiyemi.

The tenors kept a-coming with Ian White blowing Ricorda Me and Mr PC taken at only slightly slower than the speed of light. John Pope did some dextrous fingering on the latter number as befitted a tune dedicated to the late Paul Chambers.

A rare appearance by Dave Mckeague kept the rhythmic pulse high as those who'd waited patiently joined him on stage. These included yet another tenor player cum debutant - Grahame Easthope. Bearded, flat-capped and a handcrafted snout behind his ear he joined the fray along with "Showtime" on trombone and Todd on trumpet for the Roy Hargrove classic inspired by the Parisian metro station - Strasbourg/St. Denis. It was a blast.

In walked Stu who sat in on piano for Ladybird then In Walked Bud with Gould and Gray out front.

Ray Burns is never far away at a jam session and he made it in time to sing and play Sweet Lorraine.

The grand finale had Johnson, Gould, Gray and Rowland blowing on whatever it was but this I felt was an anti-climax. With four tenors, two trumpets and a trombone in the room this could have made for an all-out battle royal JATP style that could have gone on till midnight! But, time and tide etc.

It had still been a great evening.
Lance.
PS: On my journey home my Romanian cab driver was playing Rocket  Man.
"Do you like Elton John?" he asked.
I admitted I could take him or leave him. He then asked me which singers I listened to when I was younger.
"Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald" I replied.
"I've heard of them" he said and I wondered if he had.
PHOTOS.
Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (bass); Rob Walker (drums) + Ray Johnson, Elliott Todd (trumpets); David Gray (trombone); John Rowland, Nick Gould, Ian White, Grahame Easthope (tenor saxes); Stu Collingwood (piano); John Pope (bass); Matthew MacKellar, Dave McKeague (drums); Ray Burns (vocal/harmonica); Jenny Kanellea (vocals).

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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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