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Michael Dease: "Slide [Hampton] is also one of the people to expand the range of the horn, so he's popping out high Fs like they're breakfast cereals." - (JazzTimes Oct. 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 Saturday October 19

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Dave O'Higgins Masterclass - Hurworth Grange, Hurworth Road, Hurworth, Darlington DL2 2BN. 12 noon - 2:00pm. £20.00. A Jazz Blowers' event, places limited. Details: www.jazzblowers.co.uk

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Central Methodist Church, 21 Cockton Hill Rd., Bishop Auckland DL14 6EN. 2:00pm. £4.00. A memorial concert in memory of Gavin Belton.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 5:45pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

Evening

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Blues/Funk/Soul

Teresa Watson Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Jambone @ Sage Gateshead - April 26

(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Chris K)

Sage Gateshead's youth jazz orchestra assembled on the concourse prior to the much-anticipated celebration of Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in a sold out Sage Two (see LL's review). MD Paul Edis prepared a challenging programme of modal-era jazz confident that Jambone's current crop of musicians would acquit themselves with distinction.  

Jamboners are in their teens but that doesn't deter them from tackling material that many a seasoned musician would think twice about. It would appear MD Edis believes they can do it and, in front of scores of Sage patrons, the ensemble set about proving him right.

Solos rippled through the sections, all impressed; Lucien Guest, standing tall alongside Great North Big Band Jazz Festival award-winning trumpeter Ferg Kilsby, the lesser known reeds Jack Pearce and Zac Parlby,   inheritor of Ben Lawrence's piano chair Edgar Ho, the rhythm kings Alex Shipsey and Dylan Thompson (DT sharing percussion duties with Maeve Thorpe) and the one-to-watch, vocalist Emily McDermott. 

Ronnie Scott's is sixty as are two iconic albums. In March 1959 Miles Davis recorded Porgy and Bess and from it, McDermott sang It Ain't Necessarily So. The Davis-Gil Evans chart worked well, the ensemble listening to one another, eyes on Edis, our MD on top of things. Fast forward a matter of weeks to April 1959 to the biggest selling jazz album of all time - Kind of Blue. Muted Miles wasn't particularly evident here on the concourse, more the sense of time (Shipsey nailing Paul Chambers)  and collective feel for the piece - All Blues

Jambone is a fluid, constantly evolving beast. Young musicians (13-19) interested in auditioning for the ensemble should, in the first instance, contact Sage Gateshead. Bursaries may be available.      
Russell     

Jambone: Paul Edis (Musical Director); Emily McDermott (vocals); Lucien Guest (trumpet); Ferg Kilsby (trumpet); Megan Robinson (flute); Haaruun Miller (tenor sax, soprano sax); Zac Parlby (tenor sax); Jack Pearce (alto sax); Ben Knivett (baritone sax); Tom Henerey (guitar); Edgar Ho   (piano); Alex Shipsey (double bass); Dylan Thompson (drums, percussion); Maeve Thorpe (drums, percussion)

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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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