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Giovanni Guidi: "So many jazz albums today are all original compositions, and five minutes after the record is finished, you can't remember a single song. I think it's a problem." - (JazzTimes Oct. 2019).

Archive

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.

Friday October 18

Afternoon

Jazz

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

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

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

Evening.

Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things - Forum Cinema, Market Place, Hexham NE46 1XF. Tel: 01434 601144. 7:00pm. £8.30. - £5.80. Film (2019, 89 mins) directed by Leslie Woodhead. Swing Bridge Trio in Café Bar following screening.

Dave O’Higgins & Colin Oxley - Great Broughton Village Hall, Ingleby Road, Great Broughton TS9 7ER. 7:30pm. £20.00. ‘O’Higgins & Oxley Play Monk & ‘Trane’. Oxley replaces Rob Luft.

Paul Taylor - Ushaw College, Durham DH7 7DW. Tel: 0191 334 5119. 7:30pm. Free (donations). An Ushaw Piano Festival event.

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

Guisborough Big Band - Saltburn Golf Club, Guisborough Road, Saltburn TS12 1NJ. Tel: 01287 622812. Time TBC.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. Time 8:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

Blues/Soul etc.

Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

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

Monday, April 29, 2019

Joe Reid: Postgraduate Recital @ Newcastle University - April 29


Joe Reid (drums)
(Review by Russell)

Postgraduate student Joe Reid (heard recently with the Bold Big Band at the Dun Cow) presented his recital in the purpose-built basement Band Room in Newcastle University's Music Studios. The title of his recital probably gained Reid one mark: Shining a spotlight on the unique relationship between Indian and progressive music. How many marks would be awarded for his performance?

A recital under examination conditions must be a nerve-wracking affair. As Reid readied himself behind his extensive Tama kit his bandmates - Neil Graham (guitar, vocals) and Josh Fascia (bass) - took to the stage in a show of support. Three pieces were to be examined. The first piece - Ergonomic Pepper - proved to be an extended six-part power-prog-thrash workout with guitarist Graham shredding for all he was worth. The headbanging Band Room audience whooped in delight.

The second of three pieces required additional artillery - Murray Wankling (keys) and Will Earl (electric drum kit, tabla) - as Reid tackled Pete Lockett's An Excursion into Ambiguity. This extended version (Reid added sections to the original composition) would involve 'concepts of metric modulation' and the phrasing would 'be structured in 2/4, 5/4 & 23/16...' Your correspondent pondered '23/16'...

Prog Whip (comp. J Reid) would demonstrate 'multiple odd time signatures, subdivisions and note displacement'. Better to simply listen, perhaps the 'note displacement' would be all too obvious...perhaps not. As a power Indian music-influenced prog-rock trio Reid (and co) seemingly passed with flying colours. Our examinee thanked Geoff Hutchinson (drum tutor), Mick Wright and Paul Fleet. 

Now then, about that 23/16 time signature..
Russell
(Lance: I knew a club drummer who often played in 23/16 - he sometimes even managed 29/17. This didn't go down too well with the dancers who were trying to do a waltz - he's since retired and taken up teaching.)

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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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