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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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Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Jake Walker Orchestra @ The Black Swan, Newcastle - July 8


Jake Walker Orchestra: Cedric De Lat (trumpet); Tobias Storme (trombone); Warre Van de Putte (tenor saxophone); Ruben Van Bost (clarinet, tenor sax, soprano sax); Wouter 'Wally' Van den Broeck (piano); Pieter Mortier (string bass); Wannes 'Wannie' Cornelis (drums).
(Review by Russell)

Gig of the year, as simple as that. Jake Walker or, to give the band its full name, the Jake Walker Orchestra, arrived on Tyneside midway through a first British tour. On the evidence of this Newcastle performance, it'll be the first of many.  

Jake Walker's tour itinerary found the band with a blank date - Sunday in Edinburgh, Tuesday in Edinburgh, what to do on Monday? In stepped Newcastle Arts Centre to offer the Belgian swing septet a gig in the Black Swan venue on Westgate Road. Those concerned should be congratulated on taking a punt, it paid off handsomely. 


A number of dyed-in-the-wool jazz fans joined a sizeable contingent of swing dancers drawn from across Tyneside and, encouragingly, Durham University Swing Society. Jake Walker is a young, conservatoire-trained outfit dedicated to performing swing-era charts. Taking the stage in penguin suits the band hit the ground running - think Basie Kansas City Six or Seven. In a nutshell C Jam Blues all night long would just about sum up this fantastic band. From the downbeat, the arrangements by pianist Wouter 'Wally' Van den Broeck were bang-on the money as string bassist Pieter Mortier dropped anchor alongside rhythm section partner, drummer Wannes 'Wannie' Cornelis. 

From the off the floor filled with dancers - stompin', swingin' numbers, ensemble and soloists absolutely superb on such as Jive at FiveShiny StockingsLi'l Darlin' and a first set closer, a seriously hot Sheik of Araby. Musicianship of the highest order from a band of twenty/thirty somethings, this was impressive stuff alright. All shone, to single out one would be invidious but, hey, how about tenor saxophonist Warre van de Putte? Quite brilliant. Had he beeen around some seventy five years ago Basie would have had him in the band in a trice! 

I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart (yet more superb tenor from Van de Putte), Rose Room, drummer Wannes 'Wannie' Cornelis swinging a Kansas City blues, Duke in the form of I'm Beginning to See the Light, some Benny G in the shape of Don't Be That Way and more - Stompin' at the Savoy (Van den Broeck's ace piano playing), the second set matched the first - superb! 

As Sing, Sing, Sing closed the show the Black Swan audience wanted another number; One more tune! One more tune! The Jake Walker Orchestra acceded to the demand sending the swing dancing crowd on its way with Jeep's Blues. Gig of the year, as simple as that.     
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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