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David Binney: "In this age, we musicians need to do anything we can to make a living, and ninety-nine percent of us will have to do a wide variety of things." - (Jazz Times May 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 Monday July 15

Afternoon

Jazz

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

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

Evening

Mnozil Brass: Cirque - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 0300 266 600. 7:30pm. £23.00. (£19.00. concs.). A Durham Brass Festival event.

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

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra @ The Globe, Newcastle - May 6


(Review by Russell)

A bank holiday Monday at the Jazz Co-op's HQ on Railway Street brought out a good number of folk to listen to the Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra (NUJO). A truly 'big' big band - four trumpets, three 'bones, six saxes, two alternating pianists, an award-winning guitarist, bass player, drummer and four vocalists (one of them doubling on alto sax, another from the trumpet section) - out for a good time with, for some of them, examinations on the horizon.

NUJO's bulging pad is nothing if not varied - Watermelon Man, Wonderwall, ensemble whistling to accompany alto saxophonist Matt Green's vocal on Mr BojanglesChameleonMack the Knife, female vocals on Sir Duke. 

 The university orchestra has so much material that we got not the usual two sets but a bonus third set. The trumpets worked hard and partied hard in equal measure with Tom Alcorn's lung-busting efforts the icing on the NUJO cake. 

Equally lung-busting work from 'bone man Tom McDonald won applause from within the band and from the Jazz Co-op audience. A cut from The Atomic Mr Basie album, Jaco's The Chicken, Earth Wind and Fire's September, yes, it was party time alright! Get the beers in, there's a third set to come!

R-E-S-P-E-C-T for Aretha, the Toms - Alcorn and McDonald - blazin' on Daft Punk's Get Lucky, just go with it, the Bright Young Things were having a party! Three hours in NUJO eventually called time but not before an encore - John Fogerty's Proud Mary - sent the Jazz Co-op crowd on its way. 
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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