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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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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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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Lady And The Jazz Tramps @ The Globe - May 25

Brenda Sokell (vocals); Alex Moon (piano); Paul Eden (guitar); Richard Bower (bass); Geoff Smith  (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex/Photo supplied by Brenda Sokell from a different gig))

The band certainly didn't look like tramps, dressed in black, smart casual, but Ms Sokell looked and sang like a talented lady, in a neat polka dot dress. I was told that this band hasn't been together very long, but any lack of experience didn't show. All the solos were from guitar and piano, so perhaps bass and drum solos will come with more development later on, but tonight the band and singer gave us very good music, including one or two unfamiliar songs.


Straight in with Route 66, noticeably clear diction and a pleasant alto toned voice. Satin Doll, and I once more tried to figure out the actual story involved, comments please below to tell me what this song means. Besame Mucho gave our singer a chance to be a linguist, in Spanish (Portuguese?) and also to sing a Latin rhythm to an appropriate tapping drum. Let's Do It and the band gave us bouncy ensemble playing.

In the second half, Night and Day became a Latin number, wise choice, this tune can get a bit drawn out; then a Peggy Lee number that was new to me, I Don't Know Enough About You. (My favourite line ' I'm a little gem in geology' (get it?); Frim Fram Sauce (surely has a naughty double meaning?); Embraceable You started with a slow chorus, then cleverly became fast. Next came a surprise, two songs by Pink Martini, which gave Ms Stokell a chance to use her upper vocal range, songs called Hang On and Lily. The audience asked for an encore, which was September in the Rain.  

This is a more than competent ensemble and it will be interesting to note even further developments as they go on. Well worth seeing again.
Ann Alex



Set List, no short measures, 18 tunes: Route 66; Satin Doll; What a Difference a Day Made; Besame Mucho; Sway; Honeysuckle Rose; Easy Street; Nice Work If You Can Get It; Night and Day; I Don't Know Enough About You; Like Someone In Love; Frim Fram Sauce; Comes Love; Fly me to the Moon; Embraceable You; Hang On; Lily; September in the Rain

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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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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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