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Jimmy Vaughan: "I don't just want to turn out stuff because I'm supposed to. I'm not a plumber. I don't want it to be just a job" - (Downbeat, August 2019)

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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 July 22

Afternoon

Jazz

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

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.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

The House of the Black Gardenia @ the New Prohibition Cabaret Bar - Jan. 19.

Bobbi Charleston (vocals/washboard); Michael Lamb (trumpet); Keiran Parnaby (trombone); Keith Robinson (soprano/alto/tenor saxes/ clarinet); Katja Roberts (violin); Marcus Tham (keys); Michael Littlefield (guitar/banjo/vocals); Neil Hopper (bass/sousaphone); Giles Holt (drums).
(Review by Lance)
PHOTOS

They were all there, lined up against the wall. "Legs" Diamond, "Machine Gun" Kelly, "Baby Face" Nelson, John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde and a few hoods, torpedoes and their molls from across the river.  This wasn't the St. Valentine's Day Massacre - it was still only January - it was the grand opening of the new Prohibition Cabaret Bar that, until a few weeks ago, had been the Jazz Café. Entrepreneur Mitch has moved his operation lock, stock and barrel from a railway arch on the south side to the Pink Lane venue conveniently sited near Newcastle Central Station for those who might need to make a quick getaway.

We checked our violin cases at the door, surprisingly, only one contained a violin - that of Katja who not only fiddled whilst the Gardenias burned but also did a little shimmying on the postage stamp dance floor. I understand Katja's sister wishes that she too could shimmy like that.

For opening night, the first "Signature Drink" was on the house - we opted for a Gin Sour before elbowing our way to a ringside table. It was a two house show and both were sold out - a tribute to the band and the venue.

The programme was fairly predictable and none the worse for that - why change a winning team? and, although there were a couple of ringers on trombone and drums neither let the side down. Great vocals from Bobbi and Michael Littlefield plus super solos all round.

On the dance floor, apart from Katja and her friend, Geoff and Mim, with whom we shared a table, also did some fancy struttin', adding to the atmosphere. This all took place on the ground floor but the upstairs too has been refurbished - if Crombie could only see it now!

A great night, the only disappointment was that it wasn't raided by the Feds!

The Mooche; Blue Drag; Viper Mad; Russian Caravan; You're my Girl; Graveyard Shift; Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho; Ain't it Hard?; Evenin'; Why Don't You Do Right? and Skirts.
Lance.

2 comments :

Jude (on F/b) said...

We were in the second house. Fabulous. And I can confirm a raid by the Feds was nowhere in sight (unlike for poor Keith, back in the day!)

Patti (on F/b) said...

It was indeed. Loved it all.

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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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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.)
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