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Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).

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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 Monday September 16

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

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

Saturday, March 02, 2019

Great North Big Band Jazz Festival 2019 (Day 1) - Mar 1

(Review/photos by Russell).

The sixteenth Great North Big Band Jazz Festival got off to a flyer...no snow! From Church Chare the venue - Park View Community Centre - was easily found thanks to a trail of strategically positioned arrowed signs proclaiming JAZZ! 

Friday evening is the non-competition day of a fantastic weekend of big band jazz. By tradition Hartlepool based Musicians Unlimited opened the show. Mick Donnelly's outfit hit the ground running with Ja- Da (comp. Bob Carleton) featuring first solos for Mark Toomey, alto, and evergreen Neville Hartley, trombone. 


There was much to get through in the band's one set performance. I Get a Kick Out of You introduced Paul Skerritt to the stage for the first time and, as usual, he gave a charismatic display with Sue Ferris announcing herself with the first of several knockout tenor solos. MU's other vocalist, Jan Specelayh followed and lost nothing by comparison singing My Heart Belongs to Daddy.

County Durham's Mick Shoulder switched from bull fiddle to bass guitar as the band went for it on High Maintenance with altoist Toomey once again in the spotlight as was festival director Bill Watson contributing from the trumpet section. 

Our vocalists shared duties - Skerritt returning to sing Georgia, My Baby Just Cares for Me and a non-ballad take on Misty, Spencelayh That Ole Devil Called  Love and Don't Know Why. The band was given ample opportunity to show what it could do with Count Bubba a good example of ensemble playing at its best and Jim Martin's Semi-Mental Journey a feature for MD Donnelly on alto...it was as if to say: Hey, I too can play! Talking of being able to play...the orchestra's special guest, pianist Marcus Brown certainly could do just that! As Bill Watson pointed out Brown's resumé is quite something - as pianist, composer, arranger, Brown has worked with countless star names including James Morrison, Tina Turner, Richard Ashcroft and Madonna. He also finds time to score Hollywood movies!  

Musicians Unlimited, with Josh Bentham blowing tenor, went out on Sweet Georgia Brown

Musicians Unlimited: Mick Donnelly (MD, alto sax); Kevin Eland, Bill Watson, Bob Temple, Dave Harrison, Alan Catherall (trumpets); Neville Hartley, John Day, Helen Grainger, Peter Morgan (trombones); Josh Bentham, Sue Ferris, Mark Toomey, Barbara Fagan, Jill Nelson (reeds); Ian Bosworth (guitar); Marcus Brown (piano); Mick Shoulder (double bass, bass guitar); John Bradford (drums); Ernie Jackson (percussion); Jan Spencelayh, Paul Skerritt (vocals) 

Earlier the Festival Band (with Marcus Brown, piano) directed by Bill Watson presented a programme of familiar and not so familiar big band charts. The sections were populated by some familiar faces - the rhythm section of Richard Brito, guitar, Mick Shoulder, double bass and drummer John Bradford to name but three - and some less familiar faces. MD Watson is steeped in the world of big bands and it came as little surprise that charts by the likes of Bill Ashton (NYJO) and Lennie Niehaus formed the nucleus of a fine set. Saturday's competitive action gets underway at eleven o'clock.      
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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