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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.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Jazz in the Afternoon @ The Crescent Club - July 1


(Review by Russell)

Monday afternoon, Cullercoats, it's Jazz in the Afternoon! The regulars were on parade with the exception of the indisposed Ollie Rillands. Depping for drummer Rillands was none other than regular Wednesday (Vieux Carré) kit man Fred Thompson. Nobody's Sweetheart Now sang front man Herbie Hudson. Yep, typical Monday afternoon fayre. 

'Young' John frequently sits-in at the Crescent Club and his bonhomie is appreciated by one and all. Today's vocal selection included the 'jazz classic' Bring Me Sunshine. Mr Hudson sang Georgia on my Mind before inviting another guest to join the quartet, Scotswood Slim aka Mr Brian Lynham. A first number hit the spot, a nod to the great Doris Day, Secret Love. So good was our blues harp man that he would later return to the stage to belt out Johhny Otis' Willie and the Hand Jive

 Birthday girl Teresa Armstrong (she had a 'do' at the club last weekend) sang not her usual three numbers but four accompanied at the piano, as ever, by Roy Gibson. Almost Like Being in LoveOnce in a WhileAfter You've Gone and Out of Nowhere were our Cullercoats songstress' numbers today. More next week from Teresa.

Fred Thompson always sings a couple of numbers, today's tunes included On the Sunny Side of the Street. Drumming and singing...how does he do it?!

Miles Watson rarely misses a Monday session and he was present today sharing the stand with one of the old guard, Mr Harry Stephenson, clarinet. As the afternoon drew to a three o'clock close the frontline comprised Messrs Hudson, Watson and Stephenson backing a strange looking Sheik of Araby (Young John, sporting a fez, rather sharing a fez with trumpeter Watson). 

Jazz in the Afternoon continues to pull a crowd, to be sure of a seat arrive in good time for a one o'clock start. It's free admission and the beers are pretty decent. A canny day out down the coast. 
Russell        
Herbie Hudson (trombone, harmonica, vocals); Brian Chester (piano); Dave Percy (bass); Fred Thompson (drums, vocals) + Young John (vocals); Brian Lynam (harmonica, vocals); Teresa Watson (vocals); Roy Gibson (piano); Miles Watson (trumpet, vocals); Harry Stephenson (clarinet).

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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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