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Bebop Spoken There

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.

Monday, February 04, 2019

JazzMain @ The Globe, Newcastle - February 3

Nick Gould (tenor sax); Steve Grossart (keys); Iain Harkness (bass); Kevin Dorrian (drums).
(Review and photo of Nick Gould by Lance/Band photo courtesy of Sheila Herrick).

There have been many Scottish invasions - Celtic, Rangers, Hibs, Hearts but, with the possible exception of the Bay City Rollers, few of the marauders have made their mark - until last night that is. Last night, JazzMain took the Jazz Coop's groundfloor Jazz Bar by storm.

A hard-blowing session in the best Blue Note tradition with pieces by Horace Silver, Dexter Gordon, Hank Mobley, George Coleman, Tubby Hayes and many others proving that, for one night only, the Hippest Cat in Hollywood was actually in Newcastle. Tomorrow he/they will be the hippest cat(s) in Holyrood.

The opener, Sunday in New York became, for me, Sunday in Newcastle and what a Sunday it turned out to be!

The four from Edinburgh don't take any prisoners. Dorrian, in goal, leads from the rear, driving hard, pushing the soloists to the limit. Defender Harkness, solid in support and adventurous in attack when given the nod. Pianist Grossart feeding the striker with chords and nonlinear lines via various combinations of sounds from the Roland keyboard and the JazzMain man himself, Nick Gould blowing tenor like Joe Henderson was his brother.

Secret Love; Soul Eyes; Bob (Bird of Beauty - Stevie Wonder); My Move, Your Groove; Cheesecake and Amsterdam After Dark. Here endeth the first lesson. It had been a blast although, at 75 minutes, perhaps a shade too long bearing in mind the need for comfort breaks and the recharging of glasses.

The above needs attended to we were soon back in Hackensack via Frith St with Soho Soul; Come Rain or Come Shine; Nobody Else But me; Tin Tin Deo; Joyspring; the obligatory Jobim number the title of which escaped me; Afterburner; A Weaver of Dreams and finally, more Silver into Gould with Liberated Brother.

It's early days to say 'Gig of the Month' but with the bar set this high, the rest have it all to do!
Lance.

1 comment :

Ron A said...

Jobim tune - Favela.

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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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Lance