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Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).

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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 Tuesday September 17

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 - 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Acoustic Infusion with the Mighty Horns - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm). £5.00. Rick Laughlin & co.

Strictly Smokin’ Sessions - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 819845. 8:00pm. £4.00. Guest: Don Armstrong (reeds). Note earlier start.

Blues

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

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Blank Taped - April 17


Triptych: Paul Edis (piano, keyboards, clarinet, flute); Paul Susans (double bass, bass guitar); Rob Walker (drums, percussion, keyboards) + Lisa Delarny (visuals)
(Review by Russell)

Triptych booked two nights at Blank Studios to record material for a forthcoming CD release and, what's more, thought it a good idea to do so in front of an audience. This second evening on Warwick Street just east of Newcastle city centre drew a supportive crowd there to listen to the trio and, as a bonus, observe artist Lisa Delarny as she responded to the music creating real-time visuals projected onto a screen. 


Mobile phones switched off, Paul Edis, Paul Susans and Rob Walker assumed their positions amongst a labyrinth of cables and state of the art microphones to perform three extended compositions. Applause, should the audience feel so inclined, would be welcomed and, with producer Adam Sinclair orchestrating the technical wizardry in an adjacent room, Triptych - and Delarny using an iPad - went to work.

For an hour or more nobody coughed, sneezed or excused themselves to visit the bathroom, engrossed in the music-making process. Pianist Edis frequently made eye contact with bandmates Paul Susans and Rob Walker, hitting their cues, a smile, a nod, things appeared to be going well. Blank's studio bods were in attendance and they seemed to enjoy the 'gig' every bit as much as Triptych's audience. 

Mellis-March: Callum Mellis (flugelhorn); Brent March (guitar, laptop)

Earlier we were treated to a support set by Lambton Big Band MD Callum Mellis and guitarist Brent March. The duo played three numbers - two standards and an original composition - in a half hour set which featured Mellis playing flugelhorn on each, seated alongside March playing an Epiphone and manipulating sound through a laptop. 
     
So, two nights, a job well done, we await the fruits of Triptych's labours...a first CD!
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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