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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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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.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Hand to Mouth @ Jazz Cafe Mezzanine - March 27

Lindsay Hannon (vocals); Bradley Johnston (guitar)
(Review by Russell)

The second in a new fortnightly Wednesday afternoon session at Jazz Cafe Mezzanine attracted another good crowd eager to hear Hand to Mouth. The duo comprises the legendary Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass or rather the pairing of Lindsay Hannon and Bradley Johnston. 

Legendary status isn't forged let alone conferred in an afternoon and here on the first floor at Newcastle Arts Centre vocalist Lindsay and guitarist Bradley were about to write another chapter on their way to international stardom...The Very Thought of YouDindiI Wish I Were in Love Again, it had been a good start to the first set. 
Ellington featured throughout the afternoon - All Too SoonI Ain't Got Nothing but the Blues and In My Solitude (first set) and Take Love Easy (second set) - with Lindsay/Ella in fine voice, scatting a little here and there as Bradley/Joe (close your eyes and they're near enough one and the same) gave a fingerstyle jazz guitar masterclass. 

You're Blasé sang Lindsay/Ella, later silencing the clinking afternoon teacups with a hushed take on the precocious Billy Strayhorn masterpiece Lush Life. Pots of tea and mugs of coffee were done, one or two beers too, as Lindsay and Bradley took us up to the four o'clock finish with a couple more standards including yet another highlight - McHugh and Fields' I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Baby. 
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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