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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 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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Friday, June 28, 2019

Zhenya Strigalev & Frederico Dannemann - The Change

Zheynya Strigalev (saxes/voice); Frederico Dannemann (guitar); Obed Calvaire (drums/vocals); Luques Curtis (bass).
(Press release)

The Change is the new album by saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev and guitarist Federico Dannemann.  The two internationally renowned musicians met at the Royal Academy of Music over fourteen years ago and have performed together since Dannemann joined Strigalev’s Never Group in 2016.

The album represents major recent changes in the artists’ personal lives – Strigalev moved back to Russia after over a decade of developing his music in London and Dannemann returned to performance after years of teaching in Santiago.  “The Change promotes the idea that we need to keep changing always.  To not stay in the same place even if it is comfortable.  Especially in jazz.” says Strigalev.  “It’s only “right” when it keeps moving and changing.  So by calling the project and album ‘The Change’ we also remind ourselves what we love about music and why we are doing it.”

The album features two of the most highly demanded New York jazz musicians - Obed Calvaire on drums and Luques Curtis on double bass, who met Strigalev through his celebrated concert series at Charlie Wright’s in London.  

“Obed and Luques play with a number of A-list world famous artists, but the pair are also very close friends and this really adds to the atmosphere in the band. They add some family vibe and everybody starts feeling more comfortable and open,” explains Strigalev.  “The unique thing about the album is that it covers lots of different spectrums of state of mind: calm, active, thoughtful, romantic, energetic, relaxed, focused!”

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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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