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Mark Walker: "A drummer in a big band is always happy. It's like driving a big bus." - (Downbeat, August 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.

Today Wednesday July 24

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Friday, March 15, 2019

Mick Shoulder Quintet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall - March 15

Lewis Watson (tenor saxophone); Graham Hardy (trumpet); Dean Stockdale (piano); Mick Shoulder (double bass); Russ Morgan (drums)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Jerry E).

In April last year, Bishop Auckland Town Hall's monthly lunchtime concert drew a healthy crowd. Today the same first-floor cafe/bar accommodated a larger audience there to hear the same line-up. And little surprise given that word-of-mouth recommendation clearly persuaded more people to turn out to hear Mick Shoulder's A-list bop quintet. 

The A-listers comprised the band leader himself beavering away in the engine room alongside drummer Russ Morgan and the undemonstrative, if not underrated, pianist Dean Stockdale supporting the frontline horns of Lewis Watson and Graham Hardy. McCoy Tyner's arrangement of That Old Feeling opened the one hour programme with Lewis Watson (tenor) straight in there with the first of several killer solos. 

The first of two Horace Silver numbers - Nica's Dream - found the five-piece in fine form, the tune familiar to all, the playing right on the money. 

Voodoo Blues from the film Dr. Terror's House of Horrors* (starring Peter Cushing with Roy Castle playing the part of Biff Bailey fronting a band with Tubby Hayes cast, unsurprisingly, as a saxophonist) was the jazz combo equivalent of giving a dog a bone - these guys took hold and didn't let go. Blues to the bone with pianist Stockdale leading the way, Hardy following on, Morgan topping it off. Great stuff.

The Jazz Messengers' thread continued to weave its spell - Benny Golson's Thursday's Theme featured classy work from Shoulder, then Moanin' minus Lee Morgan's bravura entrance as trumpeter Hardy ceded the first solo to Stockdale before Lewis Watson took command with a majestic Benny Golson-Johnny Griffin-esque masterclass. 

The two o'clock finish came all too quickly as the Mick Shoulder Quintet went out on Horace Silver's Swingin' the Samba. This was another cracking gig at BATH - the monthly series is on a roll.
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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