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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)


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



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).


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.


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 02, 2019

Jam session @ The Dun Cow - May 1

Stu Collingwood (piano, vocals); Paul Grainger (double bass); Paul Wight (drums, vocals) + Kay Usher (violin); James Metcalf (flugelhorn).
(Review by Russell).

Another quiet night. Jazz Cafe Tuesday, Dun Cow Wednesday - students cramming ahead of exams, Metro falling apart thanks to 'austerity' policies and Barca v Liverpool on the telly* possible/probable factors in the low turn-outs of both musicians and audience. 

The house trio - Stu, piano, Paul G, bass and Paul W, drums - played for their own satisfaction as much as the hardy few. First Wednesday in the month appears to be convenient for Kay Usher and she duly turned up again to play a couple of numbers, never one to overstay her welcome. All of Me then Corcovado and she was done, for the time being. 

James Metcalf made the effort - take note young, aspiring musos! - and, when given the nod, with flugelhorn in hand (the previous evening it was trumpet), suggested a couple of standards which our experienced trio happily obliged.

Following a short intermission, Kay Usher returned to remind us It Don't Mean a Thing if you can't play Autumn Leaves with a certain swing supported by Paul Wight's sensitive brushwork.

As the evening threatened tp peter out - Metcalf had departed - two vocalists stepped up to the mic. First, Stu Collingwood singing I Thought About You. This was good stuff, Stu's vocal style pitched somewhere between Paul Edis (!) by way of Mose Allison and Gerry Richardson. Take that as high praise! Our second singer of the evening, Paul Wight, opted for Pennies from Heaven (in G). Eyeing your correspondent, Mr Wight threatened to do damage should this BSH review of his vocal abilities be anything other than favourable. Oh, yeah! You and whose army?! As it happens our house drummer made a good fist of it, although the 'scat' section didn't come anywhere near challenging Ella's crown!  

Yes, a quiet, pleasant way to spend a May Day evening, it could have been worse...Morris dancers could have turned up!

Mr Messi put Liverpool to the sword.  

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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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