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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.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Jade @ The Globe Jazz Bar, Newcastle - March 7

Nick Malcolm (Trumpet); Jake McMurchie (Tenor Sax); Will Harris (Bass); Ric Yarborough (Drums)
(Review by Elliot Marlow-Stevens/PHOTOS courtesy of Ken Drew).

Led by trumpeter Nick Malcolm, Jade are a contemporary jazz quartet from Bristol, and their show at The Globe was the penultimate date of their Real Isn’t Real tour, which has been taking them across the country for the past month. Having been together for two years, they perform re-workings of tracks from Malcolm’s previous releases, and this includes his most recent album, Real Isn’t Real, which was released on Malcolm’s own Green Eyes Records in February this year.
Jade is comprised of trumpet, tenor saxophone, double bass, and drums, and they create an excellent modern twist on the free-jazz format. They blend expressive solos with driving melodies, with the brass often switching between duelling and unison, and each member commands their instrument superbly. 

Drummer Ric Yarborough also controlled the samples, generating a mix of ethereal reverb-drenched harmonies, as well as jarring industrial dissonance. They are expert improvisers, moving seamlessly between passages that are gentle and melodic, and then fiercely complex. The show was divided into two parts, with Malcolm talking to the audience explaining the history of the band and his projects, and everyone in the room was captivated throughout.


The Jazz Coop is a cooperative owned by its 200 members, running workshops and jam sessions all year round as well as hosting a variety of bands and musicians. They bought The Globe in 2014, and as well as the main bar, provide a space upstairs dedicated to live performances of all genres, specialising in jazz. This gig was promoted by Jazz North East in conjunction with the Coop, and it was fantastic to see a modern, experimental band in such a relaxed and intimate venue, at the forefront of Newcastle’s active jazz community.
Elliot Marlow-Stevens 

Ken Drew's PHOTOS.

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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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