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Abdullah Ibrahim: "For me jazz is the highest form of music." - (DownBeat, September 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 Saturday August 24

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Mellow Baku - St Augustine's Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm. £10.00. (under 16s free). Line-up: Mello Baku (vocals), John Hallam (reeds), Andy Dickens (trumpet), Ian Bateman (trombone), Tom Kincaid (piano), Rachel Hayward (guitar, banjo), John Day (double bass), Nick Millward (drums).

Jo Harrop w Paul Edis Trio - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 1:00pm. £10.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Boys of Brass - Bill Quay Beer & Music Festival, Brack Terrace, Bill Quay, Gateshead NE10 0TT. 3:00-4:30pm. (Festival 1:00-11pm). Tickets: £10.

Xhosa Cole-Francis Tulip Quintet - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 4:00pm. £8.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Evening

Matt Anderson & Paul Edis - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 6:00pm. £6.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Tony Kofi & the Organisation - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 8:00pm. £14.00. & £12.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Picturehouse Deluxe + Kay Greyson - Bobik’s, Punch Bowl Hotel, Jesmond Road, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3JY. 8:00pm. £5.00. Line-up: Georgia Turnbull (vocals & keys), Thomas Dixon (reeds), Jamie Mackay (guitar), Adam Cornell (bass), Ben Fitzgerald (drums).

Jam session - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 10:00pm. Free. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Teresa Watson Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Early Birds Flying High @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle - Feb 9

The Early Bird Band: Paul Edis (MD, piano, tenor sax); Emily McDermott (vocals); Lucien Guest (trumpet); Haaruun Miller (alto sax, soprano sax); Tom Henery (guitar); Alex Shipsey (bass guitar); Dylan Thompson (drums)

It had been a late night for Dr Edis. Gigging 'til late at Opus 4 Jazz Club, pianist and educator Paul Edis was up and about bright and early to meet up with half a dozen Early Birders for an early Saturday morning workshop. 

The Lit and Phil's Loftus Room is the regular rehearsal/performance space for the Early Bird Band's rapidly developing young musicians. 9:15am start, set-up and go. Two hours' worth of study then the doors open to a curious public. 


Four numbers today, the first of them Harry Edison's Centrepiece. Jambone vocalist Emily McDermott joined the boys - Lucien, Haaruun, Tom, Alex and Dylan - to get her head around Jon Hendricks' lyrics. It should be noted that Ms McDermott is a jazz singer in the making. A crystal-clear voice, as and when Emily discovers her 'jazz voice' we'll have another fine singer on the scene. Perhaps sitting-in at one of the many jam sessions across the region would be of benefit - check 'em out, Emily!

On Green Dolphin Street (heard last night on Alan Barnes' gig - see review), Our Love is Here to Stay (McDermott getting to know Ira Gershwin's lyrics - In time the Rockies may crumble...), the boys in the band shared the solos, both the frontline of trumpeter Lucien Guest and Haaruun Miller playing alto and soprano saxophones, and the ace rhythm section - Tom Henery, guitar, and the excellent bass and drums pairing of Alex Shipsey and Dylan Thompson.

The Early Birds have been working on My Favorite Things. Haaruun tackled the number the last time the Early Birds got together here at the Lit and Phil, and today, with Coltrane's take in mind, he had another go at it. This time he had Emily alongside to add Julie Andrews-like vocals. Now then, about those jam sessions...         

So, another productive Saturday morning at the Lit and Phil. There is more to come. 

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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