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James Carter: "We played around with 'Nuages' and FUNKED it up, basically." - (DownBeat, September 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 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, February 20, 2019

Black Swan Jam Session - Feb. 19

(Review by Lance).

Just another night at the Black Swan jam session, or so it seemed. The house trio of Brad, Paul and Russ got things going with an original by Brad, For Joe, dedicated to Joe Pass. A super swinging version of 'S Wonderful and a nod towards Django with Nuages. Easthope blew tenor on what sounded like a Messengers' tune, newcomer Brito made an impressive debut with Doxy and Blue Bossa before the earth moved when Dulcie May Moreno - all the way from Kent - sang Louis Jordan's Trouble Ain't no Satisfaction and Pennies From Heaven. A class act indeed!

Martin Waugh - all the way from Edinburgh - played My Little Suede Shoes and Doc Summers popped up wielding a baritone sax. As the evening progressed his horns grew smaller, unlike Ray Burns who started out playing harmonica - it eventually morphed into an accordion. They did a job on September in the Rain.


There being no relief bassists or drummers in the house (John Pope was down at the Vortex with Archipelago and Matt was at Mass - Boston, Mass, that is) a break was called for with what potentially could have proved to be the highlight of the evening A piano/vocal duo set by Martin and Dulcie May. However, problems ensued in finding a mutually compatible key and, although they managed In a Sentimental Mood and Honeysuckle Rose neither quite hit the spot for me.

Next time I looked up there was a cast of thousands on stage! They included Summers on soprano, Showtime Gray on trombone, Michael Lamb on trumpet, McMurray on keys, Probyn on tenor, Ian White and Easthope also on tenor, Burnsy on accordion, Dixon on alto and, for all I know, Adolph Hitler on vibes. In various combinations and en masse we heard Satin Doll; Mr PC; Sonnymoon For Two; Softly as in a Morning Sunrise; I Found a New Baby (it sounds even better without a banjo!) Summers was now on sopranino sax. A fine alto player played but I didn't get his name - sorry - then Dulcie May returned for Moanin' she may have been but we weren't - no sir! 
This lady should be employed by the Kent Tourist Board. 

Caravan finished the night off which somehow seemed appropriate as we boarded the number 27 Crusader.
Lance.

Bradley Johnston (guitar); Paul Grainger (bass); Russ Morgan (drums) + Richard Brito (guitar); Graham Easthope, Simon Probyn, Ian White (tenor saxes); Steve Summers (baritone, soprano, sopranino saxes); Michael Lamb (trumpet); David Gray (trombone); Ray Burns (accordion/harmonica); Martin Waugh, Jeremy McMurray (keys); A.N. Other (alto sax) and DULCIE MAY MORENO (vocals).

2 comments :

Dulcie May Moreno said...

Hello! Thank you so much for including me and writing such lovely things, it was really fun to sing at this jam, all the players are 5***** in my opinion! It would have helped if I brought my charts for everyone, but I’ll definitely do that next time! Thank you again, also, I would love some of pics to share if possible. Best, Dulcie May

Lance said...

My pleasure. Please help yourself to photos or if you let me know which ones I can send them to you. Hope to hear you again. I missed you when you played at The Globe a couple of years back.

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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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