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David Binney: "In this age, we musicians need to do anything we can to make a living, and ninety-nine percent of us will have to do a wide variety of things." - (Jazz Times May 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.

Until July 21

Today Tuesday July 16

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Gala Big Band w. ALAN BARNES: Strictly Come BRASSing - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £15.00. (£12.00. concs.). A Durham Brass Festival event.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc. raffle). RCJ with Don Armstrong (clarinet, saxophone, penny whistle, vocals).

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SOLD OUT!

Zoe Rahman & Laura MacDonald - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192.. 8:00pm. £12.00. (£10.00. concs.). JNE.

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Northern Monkey Brass Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Boys of Brass @ Tyne Bank Brewery - March 23

Ben Thornley (vocals, guitar); Robert McBurnie (trumpet); Steven Symonds (trumpet); Chris Bentham (trombone); John Philip Rudkin (mellophonium); Phil Rosier (tuba); Ian Wynd (drums)
(Review by Russell) 

Tyne Bank Brewery's self-proclamation that its Walker Road brewery and tap room is 'nowt special' is slightly tongue in cheek. An old industrial building not far from the Tyne has been transformed from a state of slow decline into a thriving micro pub with gleaming new brewing plant attached (see photo). Music is an integral part of the business and on a mild, late March Saturday evening the Boys of Brass were in town.

Q3, ETA 7:15, A-OK. Yes, the Quaylink bus from the city centre stops, rather conveniently, right outside the Tyne Bank's spacious HQ. Up a flight of steps, through the door and...it was busy, busy, busy. Side-stepping a friendly table tennis match (its that kind of hip place), looking for a seat (some occupied by canines and their well-behaved owners), a trip to the bar (Silver Dollar the choice), the Boys of Brass would soon be pumping-up the volume.



Daft Punk's Get Lucky, Curtis Mayfield's Move On Up (a tune made for brass players, if ever there was one) to Mr Pitiful (frontman Ben Thornley as Otis Redding, a bit of a stretch, but hey...), the brass boys were slowly but surely tempting the crowd onto the industrial concrete dance floor. The beer was flowing as a steady flow of glad rags stepped out of their Saturday night taxis straight onto the dance floor. 

The Boys of Brass' rhythm section worked overtime - Phil Rosier pumping and slurping all night long, drummer Ian Wynd snapping the snare with laser-like precision - flanked left by mellophonium (John Philip Rudkin) and trombone (Chris Bentham), and right by a trumpet one-two (Robert McBurnie and Steven Symonds). Stuck in the middle, Ben Thornley, singing...Stuck in the Middle with You (Stealers Wheel)!

As the dance floor filled the thought of heading into town to catch the second set at Billy Bootleggers came to mind. Q3, ETA 9:30...decisions, decisions. Thinking time was required - another trip to the bar, a change of brew, a pint of Equilibrium. The Real Thing's You to Me are Everything encouraged more booties to be shaken in front of the band, the Q3 was a-comin'. More booties shook as they demanded Play that Funky Music. Quick, Q3, Newcastle' no.1 American dive bar here we come!

Minutes later, descending the stairs on Nelson Street two things became apparent - the joint was jumpin', busier than ever, and...it wasn't the Bullfrog Blues Band it was some other (equally fine) band. Your correspondent's gig-list-in-the-head had, for once, failed him. D'oh! It was to be an early night.  

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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