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Barry Harris (in 1981): "There is not one place in the world that you can find more jazz musicians from than Detroit." - (DownBeat, September 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 Monday August 19

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

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

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival: Keith Nichols & the Festival Orchestra - May 12

(Review by Russell)

On a beautiful, warm Sunday evening the closing event of this year's Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival at Theatre by the Lake featured the all-star Festival Orchestra. This third and final concert masterminded by Keith Nichols attracted yet another full house and, little wonder, given the talent on show.

Bashful Baby (Ben Pollack's band), Ain't Misbehavin' (Enrico Tomasso, vocals, Mike Henry, trumpet - it took two of the best to measure up to Louis Armstrong!), Hot Tempered Blues (Charlie Johnson's band), MD Keith Nichols didn't waste any time with this fast-moving revue. The MD's right-hand man, Spats Langham, played Eddie Lang to Mike Henry's Bix on I'm Coming Virginia and later in the evening Spats delighted the audience with, as the man said: the unique Al Bowlly (Midnight, the Stars and You).

MD Nichols took a vocal on St Louis Blues, the orchestra excelled throughout, not least on two features for Rico Tomasso (Mahogany Hall Stomp) and a virtuosic take on Rex Stewart (Trumpet in Spades), the latter bringing the house down.  

Nichols' humour shone through, teasing first one, then another, of his A-list band. They took it in their stride, resisting the temptation to return the one-liners, instead, letting the music speak for them. The Theatre by the Lake crowd roared its approval and an encore - King Porter Stomp - brought the curtain down on a vintage year in Keswick.       
Russell 
Keith Nichols (MD, piano, vocals); Enrico Tomasso (trumpet, vocals); Mike Henry (trumpet); Graham Hughes (trombone); Michael McQuaid (reeds); Richard Exall (reeds); David Horniblow (reeds); Spats Langham (guitar, vocals); Malcolm Sked (double bass, sousaphone); Nick Ward (drums)  

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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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