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Mark Walker: "A drummer in a big band is always happy. It's like driving a big bus." - (Downbeat, August 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 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, May 14, 2019

Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival: Keith Nichols' Ragamuffins - May 11

Keith Nichols (piano); Michael McQuaid (reeds, vocals); Alistair Allan (trombone, vocals); Spats Langham (banjo, guitar, vocals); Malcolm Sked (double bass, sousaphone); Nick Ward (drums)
(Review by Russell)
On a warm, blue sky Cumbrian day it would have been understandable if some festival-goers joined the many walkers on the fells high above the bustling Lakeland town. Jazz the priority, the Theatre by the Lake once more accommodated a large crowd to hear Keith Nichols present the second of three concerts at Keswick 2019. 

On the Trail of the Lonesome Pine sang Spats Langham, his fellow Ragamuffins hit the Gin Bottle Blues with Spats staying on the wagon to sing the tongue-twister Nagasaki. A typically eclectic selection of tunes for Nichols' small group to play to an onside crowd. The repartee between band leader and sidemen is never less than entertaining and,  invariably, Maestro Nichols has the final word although a tradition has developed whereupon the audience greets Malcolm Sked (sousaphone) with tumultuous applause leaving the Ragamuffins' bandleader in a state of bemusement...much hilarity all round!     
A Fats Waller medley (Nichols retains a fine command of ragtime and stride piano styles), an Alistair Allan feature on I Cover the Waterfront (Nichols couldn't resist telling the story of Bruce Turner habitually referring to the number as I Water the Front Cover!), Michael McQuaid playing alto sax on Joe Jordan's Dreaming the Hours Away, Spats dedicating My Sweet Virginia to the late Ted Wood (Temperance Seven, Bob Kerr's Whoopie Band), this was a gentle amble (countryside ramble?) through a thoroughly enjoyable concert set list.

The afternoon's entertainment once more turned to Fats Waller (Come on and Stomp, Stomp, Stomp), Spats singing Bing (In the Blue of the Night) and All God's Chillun Got Rhythm interspersed by a few more observational gems from Nichols including: Lil Hardin was a diminutive woman who played the piano like a rhinoceros! 

Out into the late afternoon sunshine and a stroll up to Main Street in search of a decent pint before a night of Stateside blues.    
Russell

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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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