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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 July 23

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. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood; Paul Grainger; Matt MacKellar.

Archipelago & J Frisco + Mark Williams Trio - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £9.90.

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

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Red Hot Rhythm Makers @ the Prohibition Bar - April 1

Ali Affleck (washboard, vocals); Alex Stewart (trombone, vocals); Sarah Findlay (trumpet, flugel, vocals); Kassandra E'Silva (clarinet, tenor sax, vocals); Danielle Price (tuba, vocals); Ali Tod (guitar, banjo, vocals) 
(Review by Lance).

Another stompingly good Monday night at the Pro Bar. A couple of weeks back the Tenement Jazz Band came down from Edinburgh and laid waste to the English trad scene. Last night, their female counterparts crossed Hadrian's Wall and also kicked some Sassanach asses.

Mind you, unlike the Tenement clan, the Red Hot Rhythm Makers didn't grab me straight from the off. Bourbon St. Parade had some intonation problems and didn't really do the business. However, from then on things just got better and better and better! Onward and upwards most definitely the case as the vocals took over. All the girls chipped in at various times with washboarder Ali Affleck handling the majority including Lovin' Sam From Alabam; Everybody Loves my Baby; Root, Hog, and Die; Careless Love and a blues the title of which escaped me but it began with I woke up this morning...


Ali Tod, apart from playing banjo and guitar was featured on All of Me taken much slower than is the norm. As Ms. Affleck pointed out it really is a very sad song. The set closed with There'll be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight which also coincided with the first swing-dancing couple taking to the floor.

Act Two began with The Charleston which was simply terrific the Buck Dance and the Wing Dance are certainly now back numbers - keep playing girls, Al Capone is at the bar. My mistake - it's John Taylor from Ashington!

Another showstopper was Shake it to the East, Shake it to the West which the girls duly did although, geographically speaking it was incorrect. 

And so it went on. Exactly Like You; What's the Matter With the Mill?; Jack I'm Mellow; On the Sunnyside of the Street; I Ain't Gonna Give you None of my Jelly Roll; They're Red Hot and You Gotta Give me Some. All fine singers and players with Danielle Price outstanding on tuba - quite an amazing technique.

Another memorable night!
Lance.

2 comments :

Unknown said...

I woke up this morning with an awful aching head

starts Empty Bed Blues sung by Bessie Smith



Bill Gallon

Lance said...

Yup ' that and 100 others!

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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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Lance