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Ethan Iverson: "Mickey Roker played drums in church, and his beat on [Mary Lou] Williams' "Ode to St. Cecile" might make even a diehard atheist a believer" - (JazzTimes Sept. 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 Sunday October 13

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm. Free.

Hildy Harland’s Temperance Tea Party - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 1:00pm. £TBC.

Am Jam - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Davie T & The Razzberries - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Lickety Split - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Jazz Jam - Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham DH1 3NP. 7:30pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society. All welcome - sitters-in & listeners.

Wollo’s World - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 232 6400. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00. Wolter Wierbos, John Pope, Emile Karlsen.

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

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

DJazz Day One. Friday, June 7 - Arun Ghosh @ Durham Miners Hall (Redhills).


Arun Ghosh (clarinet); Faye MacCalman (tenor sax); John Ellis (keyboard); Matt Owens (double bass); Dave Walsh (drums).
(Review by Steve T/ Photo courtesy of Ken Drew).

I'd seen Arun Ghosh three times previous and enjoyed it each time, but could never have foreseen he would give the Third Durham City Jazz Festival such a resounding opening. 

This is one of the finest spaces in a city loaded with fantastic spaces, including one of - and if you've lived in Durham - the finest buildings in the world, though I still can't quite believe those old pit-men didn't have the foresight to include a bar, but I quibble.

Ghosh entered the stage and immediately stamped his authority, his hair cropped since I last saw him, a white frock over jeans and ox-blood Docs laying out his multi-cultural credentials.
 They opened with Caliban's Revenge, a live warhorse from his second album, and he was all over it from the off.  Always a mobile performer, tonight he never seemed to stand still, contorting his body and interpolating his hip-hop hand gestures more than on previous gigs.

His considerable technique on the clarinet seemed up on previous performances too, exercising wonderful control and subtlety when the mood required it, as on his tribute to the River Wear, based on Bengali folk music, where he sat on the edge of the stage for the start. I don't know the title of this piece but I remember him dedicating it to the Tyne during a Sage Two performance. 

He shared with us that he'd walked the riverbanks earlier and crossed the Wear but, not getting carried away with his white robe, he'd used a bridge. Always a charismatic performer, the audience quickly warmed to his jokes, anecdotes and introductions, rewarding each piece with rapturous applause and cheers, which would continue through much of the festival. 

I was told afterwards he'd only played six numbers and one was Smash Through the Gates of Thought (I think) and another was Longside Lagoon, after an area of Manchester I'm reliably informed.

The band were great too, featuring our very own Faye on tenor, Leeds powerhouse drummer Dave Walsh and fine piano and bass from Ellis and Owens respectively, but it was all about Ghosh, on stupendous form and in full control.
Steve T.

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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.
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