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Diana Krall: "It was daunting to play in front of her [Joni Mitchell] but it was also wonderful." - (DownBeat October 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 Friday September 20

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Classic Swing - Jesmond Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Avenue, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3EX. Tel: 0191 281 0736. 1:00pm. Free.

Mark Williams Trio - The Merry Monk, 30 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1:00pm. £5.00. Pub adjacent to Bishop Auckland Town Hall.

Evening.

Alexito & Loco Machine - Revoluçion de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle NE1 1EE. Tel: 0191 917 7076. 6:00pm. Free.

Jazz Lads - Saltburn Cricket Club, Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn TS12 1HJ. Tel: 01287 622761. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Zoë Gilby: Watching Sideways - Victoria Tunnel, Ouse Street, Newcastle NE1 2BE. Tel: 0191 230 4210. 8:00pm. £10.00.

Mark Williams & Pete Tanton - The Golden Lion, Market Place, Allendale NE47 9BD. Tel: 01434 683225. 9:00pm. Free.

Blues/Soul etc.

No Time For Jive - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

Nick Pride & the Pimptones - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Friday, April 05, 2019

Alan Glen @ the Globe Jazz Bar - April 4

Alan Glen (piano); Paul Grainger (bass); P.S. Wight-White (drums).
(Review by Lance).

Close your eyes and you're in a smoke-filled dive in New York, Soho or a bar in Newcastle back in the 1950's/1960's. You're listening to Bud Powell, Eddie Thompson or maybe even a very young Alan Glen. You come back to the present. Apart from the iconic photo of Dexter Gordon on the Jazz Bar wall, the smoke has vanished but Alan Glen hasn't.

Like vintage wine and seasoned timber, the playing is tasty and solid. He may not be seeking new frontiers, they were discovered many (how high the) moons ago, he and the audience are happy with what he's got which is the undiminished powers of invention.


Up-tempo, medium swing, ballad. Piano states theme, followed by a piano solo, a bass solo, and an exchange of fours via a selection of tried and tested standards. Applause, encore and good night. A formula successfully followed by piano trios since time began. Boring? No-way - at least not when it's Alan Glen and his cohorts which tonight saw the maestro with drummer White - no man, 'e's an island - it's Wight! and the ubiquitous Paul Grainger depping for the in-demand bassist John Pope. 

The veteran pianist proved once more that age is no handicap. Every note counts and there are plenty of them. Choice chords dexterous, phrases this is bebop for today, tomorrow and the day after. Grainger slotted in perfectly and White-Wight drove from the back seat. Paul (or Sid) doubly impressed on the omnipresent All Blues with an outstanding solo using brushes - and in 3/4 time!

The pianist's intros are special you can rarely guess the tune from them but, when recognition dawns, like his solos they're perfectly logical.

Beautiful Love; Here's That Rainy Day; All the Things You Are; Never Let me Go; It Could Happen to You; Autumn Leaves; Georgia on my Mind; All Blues.

A bottle of Hobgoblin then...

If I Were a Bell; Whisper Not; Love Letters (up-tempo with a frantic exchange of fours); I Should Care; Bye Bye Blackbird; Israel; Watermelon Man and an Alan Glen original - Something Borrowed, Something Blue - to finish off with.
Quite a night. 
Lance.

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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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