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YolanDa Brown: "Ron Dennis (former McLaren Formula 1 chairman) introduced me as 'the Lewis Hamilton of the jazz world'. I thought, 'I'll take that'." - (i newspaper July 17, 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.

Until July 21

Today Wednesday July 17

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Julija Jacenaite & Steve Glendinning - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Whiplash - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 7:30pm. £5.00. Screening of Damien Chazelle's award-winning film.

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Darlington Big Band - Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Longfield Road, Darlington DL3 0HX. Tel: 01325 380401. 8:00pm. Free.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Customs House Big Band @ Dormans Jazz Festival Middlesbrough - May 2

(Review by Ron H)

The series of guest bands contributing to the Mini Jazz Festival was brought to a close with a magnificent performance by the Customs House Big Band led by Peter Morgan and with Ruth Lambert on vocals  playing to a capacity and enthusiastic audience.

Starting the first set with Recuedos from the Stan Kenton’s Cuban Fire album and fine solos from Mick Hill, Dave Brocklesby and Jim McBriarty on tenor, gave the audience a flavour of what was to be an exciting night of big band music.

Gershwin’s There's A Boat That’s Leaving Soon For New York had an excellent alto solo from Alan Marshall and Bob Florence's Nobody's Human featured a fine piano solo from John Stevenson.

Ruth Lambert took centre stage to sing The Very Thought Of You, following  it with a swinging Our Love Is Here To Stay.

Interesting arrangements of Bluer Than Blue, Blue Bossa and Ruth Lambert’s moving version of The Man I Love, before the first set was brought to a close with a great  version of Basically Blues with a fine trombone solo from Neville Hartley.

Bob Florence's arrangement of Afternoon of a Prawn got things rolling again before moving on to Monk's take on Sweet Georgia BrownBright Mississippi - with solos from all the big hitters.

Ruth returned to sing That Ole' Devil Called Love and Almost Like Being In Love in her usual inimitable way. After the relaxed Easy Street, A Narrow Escape featured Bradley Johnston, an excellent drum solo from Abbie Finn and bass from Karen Maughan. 

Don't Know Why, a modern ballad, was beautifully sung by Ruth before the night almost ended with Steppin' Out before Ruth stepped up for the encore – Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhapssinging the version used as the theme tune in the TV series Coupling.

This excellent band led by Peter Morgan on bass trombone brought the mini-festival to an end giving a delighted audience a night to remember.

I must apologize to the musicians that I failed to mention as I was so engrossed in listening to the band to make more than quick notes.

Once again, thanks go to Dormans Club for their help and support.
Ron H

Bob Temple, Mick Hill, Ken DeVere, Ben Chinnery, (trumpets); Dave Brocklesby, Neville Hartley, Michael Fletcher, Peter Morgan (M.D.) (trombones); Alan Marshall, Sue Hurrell, Jim McBriarty, Josh Bentham, Chris Kaberry, (saxes); John Stephenson (piano); Karen Maughan (bass); Abbie Finn (drums); Bradley Johnston (guitar); Ruth Lambert (vocals).

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