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Poncho Sanchez: "When I perform it's my life story." - (DownBeat October 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 September 19

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

Alexito & Loco Machine - Revoluçion de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle NE1 1EE. Tel: 0191 917 7076. 6:00pm. Free.

Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Arc, Dovecot St., Stockton on Tees TS18 1LL. Tel: 01642 525199. 7:00pm. £12.00. + £0.10. bf. ‘Jazz & Tapas’ (booking essential). Guest: Alice Grace.

Bradley Johnston Quartet - St James' & St Basil's Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £8.00. (£4.00. student).

Sudden Jazz Quintet - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free (donations).

Eclectic - Tees Hot Club, Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9:00pm. Free. Rick Laughlin (keys); Alan Thompson, Dan Johnson, Sue Ferris, Josh Bentham (saxes); Ian Halford (drums).

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

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

Blues/Soul/Funk

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

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Cedric Burnside + Michael Littlefield & Scott Taylor @ Cluny 2 - Feb 15

Cedric Burnside (guitar, drums, vocals); Brian Jay (guitar, drums, vocals)
(Review by Russell/PHOTOS courtesy of Ken Drew)

Track two on Cedric Burnside's new album is titled Get Your Groove On. Last night in Cluny 2 a full house got its groove on from the get-go. As the lights went down Burnside strolled out onto stage, picked up an acoustic guitar, sat down and played. Hill Country blues from northern Mississippi; hypnotic, irregular meter, cast iron vocals, as Burnside said: We got some hill country blues for ya. The Jumpin' Hot Club crowd replied: Wye Aye.


From the Mississippi to the Tyne the language was as one - the blues. Burnside sang three, maybe four numbers before introducing drummer Brian Jay. This prompted a change - Burnside stood up, swapped acoustic for electric and launched into a non-stop, foot-stompin' selection of tunes, titles not announced/not necessary. Well over one hour into the set Burnside changed places with Jay. Now we had the frontman behind the traps with Jay out front playing electric (some slide) guitar, the duo sharing the vocals. Burnside was enjoying himself no end, so much so he said they would play on for another half an hour. And they did! If Cedric Burnside is a mighty fine guitarist and vocalist - and he is - his drumming was something else! Hill Country, boogie-chillun, Jimmy Reed to Hound Dog Taylor, it was all in there somewhere. Fully two hours later Burnside and Jay finally left the stage. They'll be back, that's for sure.

Michael Littlefield (guitar, vocals); Scott Taylor (harmonica, vocals)

Earlier two of Tyneside's finest bluesmen opened the show. King Bees' frontmen Michael Littlefield and Scott Taylor sat, as if on the back porch, and played the blues, chatting to the on-side Cluny 2 crowd. Big Bill's Good Jelly, Jimmy Reed's You Got Me Dizzy to T-Bone Walker (Shakey Jake too!), these guys are the business. King Bees will resume gigging in the not too distant future but meanwhile keep an eye out for an exciting Muddy Waters' project (BSH will keep you informed). Sonny Boy (Keep it to Yourself), Magic Sam, yes, Littlefield and Taylor are the coming generation, keeping the blues flame burning. 

Jumpin' Hot Club's co-promotion with the Cluny was yet another memorable gig. Graham Anderson and co know their stuff and they're sure to bring more first-rate blues musicians to Tyneside. Here's to the next time. 
Russell
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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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