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Sting: "It was great. They [the River City Jazzmen] all wore blue suits. The band had been together for about twenty years, which was the same age as the suits." - (Melody Maker Sept. 22, 1979).

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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 October 21

Afternoon

Jazz

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

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

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:00pm/5:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

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

Friday, March 01, 2019

Lazy River Jazz Band @ The Exchange, North Shields - Feb 27

Chris Perrin (clarinet, alto sax, piano); Veronica Perrin (trumpet, melodica, vocals); John Crisp (trombone, vocals); Ian Bradshaw (guitar); Phil Rutherford (sousaphone)
(Review.photos by Russell).

You have a tour of southern Spain coming up, band members live across the north of England, how best to arrange a rehearsal session? The Exchange in North Shields seemed like as good a location as any, set a date, turn up and play, oh, and invite anyone in the vicinity to drop by to listen. 

The Lazy River Jazz Band duly assembled in North Shields, an audience materialised and a low key gig got underway with That Teasin' Rag. The five-piece band (two others will meet up with their bandmates for the trip abroad) appreciated the fact that some Dixieland fans made the effort to get along and it was down to Veronica Perrin to make the announcements in between playing trumpet, melodica (on one number), mini washboard (similarly, on one number only) and singing a few numbers. Percolatin' Blues (a rarely heard number, said Perrin) and Someday Sweetheart (a feature for local lad Phil Rutherford on sousaphone) kept things moving along.


Old Fashioned Love followed by The Coffee Grinder kept the pot simmering nicely as Chris Perrin swopped clarinet for alto sax for a Latin oddity - Mama Inez - which John Hallam, sitting at an adjacent table, recalled from dance band gigs. The setlist was nothing if not varied and the Lazy River crew got back on course sailing the down the Tyne/Mississippi King Oliver-style with the appropriately titled Riverside Blues

Veronica Perrin diverted the band down a  Kentucky country road for a 'bit of country' playing an instrument familiar (not!) to Buddy Bolden...the melodica. What would the legendary figure have made of it?! Artie Matthews' Weary Blues restored order just in time for an interval pint of Thomas Brown. 
 
During the interval, Chris Perrin wandered over to the house upright to quietly play some impressive piano from ragtime to stride. 

Buddy's Habit resumed matters, Mama's Gone, Goodbye and a traditional hymn - At the Cross - sought to transport us from high above North Shields' Fish Quay to the Louisiana bayou as the Lazy River Jazz Band went for it on Clarence Williams' Cushion Foot Stomp. Two sets of New Orleans to Dixie and beyond, our soon-to-be European tourists were about ready to call it a day but not before a spirited Some of These DaysGospel Train (by way of a brief waltz into Tennessee country) and, of course, (Up a) Lazy River.        
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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