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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.

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Over in the Glory Land with Dave Rae's New Orleans All Stars @ Cullercoats Crescent Club - June 5

Peter Wright (trumpet); Liz Bacon (clarinet); Lawrence McBriarty (trombone); Dave Rae (banjo, guitar, vocals); Bill Colledge (string bass*); Paul Bacon (drums) + John Broddle (vocals)
(Review by Russell)

It was a story of Dave and the Duchess. Those 'in the know' rubbed shoulders with jazz royalty (Dave Rae and co.), others went 'up north' to meet up with some country bumpkins. The Vieux Carré's garden party engagement in Alnwick presented Springwell's finest with an opportunity to play a gig on the coast. The Crescent Club's Wednesday crowd turned out as usual although on this occasion the banjoist wasn't B Bennett, rather D Rae.
All I do is dream...the combo comprising part Levee Ramblers, part VCJ, was up and running. A pint of the Old Potting Shed's Wild Horses (4.1%), a toastie, the sun shining, all was well with the world. Liz Bacon handled Clarinet Marmalade without the help of a fellow liquorice sticker, then - did Dave Rae say a tune from 1787?! - Sweet Fields. The All Stars took a leap of faith to play something dangerously modern - Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet (1909, with a Dave Rae vocal), a tune George Lewis used to play. Enough risk-taking, Listen to the Mockingbird from 1855 would restore sanity! 

Bandleader Rae took another vocal on Exactly Like You leading up to the interval with a number popularised by Kid Ory - Don't Go Away Nobody. Nobody was going anywhere. The raffle came and went, with it a rather nice prize of a Rae Brothers' CD featuring Clem Avery, and before long the second set was underway.

Don't Give Up the Ship kept us on course (imagine trumpeter Peter Wright as Kid Howard), the band's sole guest, John Broddle, sang Crazy (JB doesn't look or sound like Patsy Cline) and stayed on to sing Out of Nowhere accompanied by Lawrence McBriarty's fine trombone playing backed by Rae on guitar. 

Over in the Glory Land sang Raeone of the timeless spirituals - a highlight of the afternoon here on Cullercoats Bay. As the big hand approached three Apex Blues upped the tempo (Liz Bacon impressing on clarinet) with the ensemble taking it home, first on St Louis Blues, then a rousing Bill Bailey. Next week, if B Bennett's mob can find its way back from the Wilds of Wanney, normal service will be resumed.     
  
* New Orleanians prefer 'string bass' rather than 'double bass'! 
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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