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Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).

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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 September 17

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 - 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Acoustic Infusion with the Mighty Horns - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm). £5.00. Rick Laughlin & co.

Strictly Smokin’ Sessions - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 819845. 8:00pm. £4.00. Guest: Don Armstrong (reeds). Note earlier start.

Blues

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

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Tenement Jazz Band @ the Prohibition Bar, Newcastle - June 17











John Youngs (guitar/banjo/vocal); Charles Dearness (trumpet); Paddy Darley (trombone); Tom Pickles (soprano & alto sax); Doug Kemp (bass).
(Review by Lance).

For a brief moment, I was back in time at The Cavern. No, not that Cavern but the Beverly Cavern in Los Angeles where, in the late 1940s/early '50s, Kid Ory was the resident band and I was listening to Savoy Blues (the Mutt Carey version). No, I'd got it wrong, it was much earlier and I'd just graduated Summa Cum Laude from Austin High School and, along with my buddies Frank (Teschemacher) and Bud (Freeman), we were listening to Bix and His Gang - our pulses racing with Since My Best Gal Turned Me Down. This was when I awoke and discovered I'd been dreaming and was actually in Newcastle's version of Jimmy Ryan's, the Prohibition Bar, listening to the Tenement Jazz Band from Edinburgh.

It wasn't that outlandish a dream, the TJB has recaptured the spirit of jazz as performed anywhere from Storyville to Eddie Condon's and back again via Chicago, Natchez and Mobile - wherever the four winds blow. Tonight those four winds did indeed blow: trumpet, trombone, sop. sax and alto sax - they wailed! Frontman Youngs provides solid backing and chorded solos on both guitar and banjo which, along with newcomer Kemp, and Darley's foot dispensed with the need for a drummer.

Second time I've heard the band and both times I've been knocked out by them. This time it was slightly different as they included a few first-time numbers so, in a sense, we were guinea pigs. If they hadn't told us we wouldn't have known except maybe on, I think, Freddy Keppard's Stockyard Strut which required two takes - ah well, that's jazz!

Dearness, on trumpet, brought Bix to mind whilst Darley successfully alternated between Kid Ory and Big T. Pickles plays in the jaunty style of the early saxists and, happily, avoids the excessive vibrato favoured by Bechet on soprano.

The previous Tenement gig attracted a host of swing dancers but this time there were fewer - I'm told it clashed with a swing dance class out in the suburbs - unfortunate planning. Still, even without the dancers, it was a great night and with fewer distractions.

Come back soon.
Lance.

San Antonio Shout; Barataria; Dusty Rag; Copenhagen; Till We Meet Again; Meat on the Table; Chocolate Avenue; Parkway Stomp; New Orleans Wiggle; Since My Best Gal Turned Me Down.
-----  Tailgate Ramble; At a Georgia Camp Meeting; Down Home Rag; Hindustan; Stockyard Strut; Savoy Blues; Snake Rag; South; White Ghost Shivers; Shake it and Break it + 1.

1 comment :

Patti said...

Yeah, these guys are the bees knees, or the cats pj's ...... but I have to say, what about all the other local jazz fans?? Why didn't they turn up for this??

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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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