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Barry Harris (in 1981): "There is not one place in the world that you can find more jazz musicians from than Detroit." - (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 17

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Newcastle Jazz Festival - Tyne Bank Brewery, Walker Road, Newcastle NE6 2AB. Tel: 0191 265 2828. £15.00. All day event, line-up:

Zoë Gilby & Andy Champion (1:30pm)

Alan Law Trio (2:40pm)

Mark Williams Trio (3:50pm)

Emma Fisk & James Birkett (5:00pm)

(Evening)

Alexander Bone (6:15pm)

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band (7:45pm).

Blues/Funk/Soul

King Snake - 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.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Bix Lectures @ Bix Fest, Racine, Wisconsin - March 8 & 9

(Review by Russell)

Phil Pospychala is an anorak, a Bixian anorak. The Bix Fest director gave two lectures during this year's festival, the first on the subject of a 1971 documentary radio series which, until recently, was to all intents and purposes lost, forgotten about. Mr Pospychala knows everyone who is anyone in the Bixian community and he has acquired a copy of the broadcast tapes thanks to his friendship with the respected musician Frank Powers. The second talk, titled The Good, Bad & Worst (of Bix), was a no-holds-barred assessment of Beiderbecke with an emphasis on the 'worst' aspects of the legendary cornetist's life and times. 

The first lecture took the form of an affectionate, at times rambling, introduction outlining the format of the radio series which included interviews with some of Bix's associates who were still around in the early 1970s. Pospychala selected two of the ten half hour programmes and played them back to back. Of course, the broadcast music was great and Pospychala's fellow Bixians listened intently to numbers they had no doubt listened to countless times, some applauding at the conclusion of each tune. Such is the dedication of Bix Fest attendees that participating musicians at the event were themselves keen to listen. As the talk concluded Andy Schumm made some telling points about the music we had just heard. 
In his second lecture, Pospychala probed the less appealing aspects of his subject's life. Describing Beiderbecke as a genius - no one present dissented from the observation - our speaker suggested he was other than his good guy image would suggest. Bix's well-documented alcoholism masked a troubled soul argued Pospychala yet, in the final analysis, it was Beiderbecke's music that will live on. The event concluded with several musical examples (78s!) being heard as testament to the genius of Leon Bismark 'Bix' Beiderbecke. 
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.
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