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Sting: "It was great. They [the River City Jazzmen] all wore blue suits. The band had been together for about twenty years, which was the same age as the suits." - (Melody Maker Sept. 22, 1979).

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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 October 21

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.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:00pm/5:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

Evening

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

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival - July 14

(Reviews by Sheila)

The Lemon Monkeys: Matt Smith and Carlos Olmos (guitars). German-Bolivian,
Sunday morning was underway at 11 on the main stage with a jazz guitar duo - a Londoner and a German-Bolivian.  "Guten Dias", and it was a good day. 
Lovely interpretations of jazz standards, swinging and intricate, with a gypsy jazz feel at times. All well received and appreciated by the audience who were enjoying the brighter weather. 

Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat: Emma Johnson sax, Fergus Vickers, guitar, Angus Milne, double bass and Steve Hanley drums. 
On stage Sunday lunchtime (Gravy Boat - get it?!) 
A relaxed, melodic and distinctive style of contemporary jazz, from composer Emma Johnson and the band.  "We had a great time performing at Burton Agnes for the first time and it was amazing to play our music to such a friendly and interested audience" said, Emma. There was a strong rapport both within the band and with the audience, accessible and very popular with the knowledgeable listeners who queued for CDs on sale at the end of the set. 

Catch them at The Globe on 16th November. 
Veronica and Max (Veronica Sbergia and Max De Bernadi from Milan) were next up and quite a contrast. 1920s blues to gospel with washboard and guitar. Very energetic and fun, these multi-instrumentalists, ukeleles and kazoo also part of the mix, and great vocals from Veronica, sometimes in authentic hollerin' style, had the audience laughing and joining in the songs and dancing on the lawn proving that music knows no boundaries of genre or appeal worldwide.

Ben Beattie's After Midnight Band 
Lisanse Changwe (guitar/vocals); Ben Beattie (alto/tenor sax); + drums, bass guitar & Simon Cunliffe-Lister (alto sax).
(Photo courtesy of Charlie Shaw) 

Ben Beattie's After Midnight Band wound up proceedings in the now traditional manner. Joined by Simon Cunliffe-Lister, event organiser, on sax and a 70+ group of dancers and another 100 + seated seeing out the weekend in style.
All the bands who played on the main stage l have reviewed in some detail, but many other musicians covering a wide range of styles within the jazz/blues/folk genre are present and playing on smaller stages in more intimate settings, the splendid Great Hall of the Elizabethan House and the courtyard for example. 

The venue is a delight, the beers are local the food and ice cream ditto, prices are reasonable and quality excellent. Being able to wander around the beautiful grounds, play areas and gardens means it's family-friendly and facilities are plentiful. 

A relaxed, well-organised weekend and congratulations and thanks to all involved. 
The dates are set for next year and l highly recommend getting your tickets early. 
Sheila.

1 comment :

Emma Johnson on Twitter said...

Thanks to Sheila for the lovely review on @bebopspokenhere of our gig at @burtonagneshall
Jazz and Blues Festival.

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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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