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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, July 10, 2019

Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle - July 9


(Review by Russell)

It was a rainy night in Geor...sorry, wrong town, it was a rainy night in Newcastle. Perhaps the weather would deter both sitters-in and listeners alike. At eight o'clock in a sparsely populated Black Swan the house trio made a start with They Can't Take that Away from Me.  

Triste (João Gilberto recorded Jobim's number) played out to the hardcore before the trio lit the blue touchpaper with a scorching take on Billie's Bounce. Messrs Stockdale, Grainger and Walker went for it, not least jam session kingpin Mr G fuelled by who knows what...spinach? It was time to invite the first (the only?!) sitter-in to join the trio. All the way from Cleveland, Jan Spencelayh! The Nearness of You for starters, Devil May Care with pianist Stockdale suggesting 'last four' as he helped chart our most welcome guest through Bob Dorough's timeless composition. Similarly, Stockdale suggested 'last twelve' on Almost Like Being in Love. We'll be hearing more from Spencelayh, that's for sure.

Well, look who's in town...Andrea Pattison, no less! AP's contribution was brief- What a Difference a Day Makes - and then she was gone, not from the premises, you understand, but to take her seat in a, by now, slowly but surely filling Black Swan.


Matt MacKellar is in town for a few weeks before heading back to Berklee and readily gave Rob Walker a spell on Joyspring. Another visitor from the Tees Delta, Mr Bob Caswell, joined Stockdale and co to sing Moonlight in Vermont. An observer commented to the effect: When Bob's on form he's great. Agreed.

CALLING ALL BASS PLAYERS! The usual dearth of jam session bass players prompted PG to declare the trio would be taking five. Time for another bottle of Old Peculier...

Clad in cycling gear, John Rowland blew tenor until Jordan Alfonso arrived, this week toting his alto horn. JA suggested Nostalgia in Times Square. Stockdale said: It's one of my favourite numbers. Little did JA know it's one of the tracks on the pianist's excellent Origin CD! Tremendous playing all round with the still depping MacKellar's brushwork something to behold. Don't you just love jam sessions?! 

Summertime gets short shrift from BSH Editor-in-Chief LL, principally on the grounds he's heard it done a million times, but this outing proved a turn up for the books. Jamie Mackay was in town (with his Telecaster!) and squeezed onto a now bulging stage - trio, the horns and, wait for it, Mr Alec J Gamble. Was he here to dance? Blow bugle? No, tonight our Swing Tyne dancer sat by the piano and played a fine bluesy guitar solo, encouraged by bassist PG to 'keep going'. Stockdale took five with Marcus Tham sitting-in. Our affable Singaporean hung around long enough to play My Favorite Things, a super-swift, buoyant I Wish I Knew and then, we knew it was coming sooner or later, Marcus was making his final contribution to Newcastle's top flight jam session scene. St Thomas - joyous, with all blowing - bade farewell to Marcus as he is soon to return home to Singapore. Thanks Marcus, we'll hold you to your promise to return one day. You know where to find us - fortnightly Tuesdays in the Black Swan.         
Russell

Dean Stockdale (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums) + Jan Spencelayh, Andrea Pattison, Bob Caswell (vocals); John Rowland (tenor sax); Jordan Alfonso (alto sax); Alec J. Gamble, Jamie Mackay (guitars) ; Matt MacKellar (drums); Marcus Tham (piano).

1 comment :

Lance said...

Just like to offer my best wishes to Marcus. If I'd known you were leaving us so soon I'd have risen from my sick bed to wish you well.
It has been a pleasure hearing you play.

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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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