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YolanDa Brown: "Ron Dennis (former McLaren Formula 1 chairman) introduced me as 'the Lewis Hamilton of the jazz world'. I thought, 'I'll take that'." - (i newspaper July 17, 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 Wednesday July 17

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.

Julija Jacenaite & Steve Glendinning - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Whiplash - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 7:30pm. £5.00. Screening of Damien Chazelle's award-winning film.

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

Darlington Big Band - Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Longfield Road, Darlington DL3 0HX. Tel: 01325 380401. 8:00pm. Free.

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.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Tenement Jazz Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle - March 18

Patrick 'Paddy' Darley (trombone); Charles 'Chuck' Dearness (trumpet); Lachlan Fotheringham (clarinet/soprano); Simon Toner (bass); John Youngs (banjo/vocals).
(Review by Lance).

Sunday night I was truckin' on down 5th Avenue - or was it Central Avenue? Last night the action had moved to Basin St. or was it State St., that great street? No, it was Pink Lane, the new home of the Prohibition Bar and the setting for some great Dixieland/New Orleans - call it what you will - jazz by the Edinburgh based Tenement Jazz Band. If you think that the music of yesteryear and the year before that is only played by doddery old men with wavering vibratos then think again. Like our local equivalent, The House of the Black Gardenia, this is a relatively young band who've certainly picked up the essence of the old masters of jazz.

The room was sardine can packed with the swing-dance crowd that support these events. I was surprised to see none of our local traddies in attendance. Just as well as there wouldn't have been much room for them inside the small bar.

The music was in the mould of the early pioneers with the emphasis as much on the polyphonic ensembles as it was on the solos which were short and succinct in accordance with the restrictions of the original Gennett, Okeh and Victor 78s that much of the band's repertoire is based upon. Paradoxically, they also included a Sun Ra composition titled Chocolate Avenue inspired by the site of the original Hershey Bar factory in Pennsylvania.

Without drums, guitar or piano the onus was on the bass and banjo to lay down a firm foundation which Toner and Youngs did admirably. Out front, trumpet, trombone and clarinet were as tight as Siamese triplets. Dearness,  full of Bixian promise by way of, say, Tommy Ladnier and Lee Collins. Darley knew his Ory, Jim Robinson and Turk Murphy whilst Fotheringham not only displayed a Pee Wee Russell-like quirkiness in his clarinet solos but also wore odd socks!

Darley, I'm told, works behind the bar of the venue or did I get that wrong? Seems a long way to travel, whilst Fotheringham, who was depping, is a Newcastle doctor. It would be good to see them livening up the Tyneside scene.

Programme included: Dusty Rag; Meat on the Table; South; Blue Drag; Algiers Strut; Big Chief Battle Axe; New Orleans Bump; Since My Best Gal Turned Me Down; Tailgate Stomp; New Orleans Rag; Strut Miss Lizzie*; She's Crying For Me; Chocolate Avenue; Milenberg Joys; Deep Bayou Moon; Hindustan; Savoy Blues**; Willie the Weeper; Shake it and Break it; Cushion Foot Stomp and others.

This could oust Postmodern Jukebox as my Gig of the Month! And if you regret not going the good news is that they're provisionally back here on June 17. Put it in your diary. Incidentally, the next 'classic jazz' gig on Monday, April 1 features the all-female Red Hot Rhythm Makers playing tunes by or associated with early female jazz and blues composers/performers. Another must-see event but get there early to grab a seat before the Lindies descend!
Lance.

* First time I'd heard Strut Miss Lizzie for years. Sid Phillips had a great arrangement of it that all the local dance bands used to play.
** Based, I think, on the Ory/Mutt Carey recording as opposed to the Ory/Teddy Buckner concert recording.

3 comments :

Patti (on F/b) said...

This is one hot band!
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John Youngs said...

Hi!

What a great review, really glad you enjoyed the gig!

The band are back at Prohibition Cafe on Monday 17th June, 2019, from 9pm-11pm

It's Pay What You Feel once more, so any Bebop Spoken Here readers will be very welcome!

We'll be playing new tunes, and touring debut parts of our summer Edinburgh Festival Fringe show - The Red Hot Roots of Jazz.

See you then!

Patti said...

Excellent! We can't wait - we're hot to trot!

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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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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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