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Bebop Spoken There

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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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Marie Curie Fundraiser: A concert For Margaret Barnes @ The Lit and Phil July 20

The Zoë Gilby Quartet: Zoë Gilby (vocals); Mark Williams (guitar); Andy Champion (bass); Russ Morgan (drums).
(Review by Ann Alex/Photos by Pam Young)

Unlike the previous set (reviewed below) there were no problems hearing Zoë's well-thought-out lyrics and excellent introductions to the songs - full marks to Zoë for audience communication. An entertaining well-rounded performance brilliantly supported by Mark: adventurous, cleverly echoing Zoë's scat. Andy:  doing, well what basses do, and Russ giving the performance that we expect, on sticks, brushes and hands.

April Mist gave us Zoë's lyrics about seizing the day, then came Thin Lizzy's song Dublin, then The Water's Edge. We were treated to the humorous bebop  of Joni's Dry Cleaner from Des Moines. Autumn Serenade calmed us down before In Walked Bud, and Caravan concluded the set. But the highlight song for me was Peggy Lee's Some Cats Know which Zoë sang with knowing sighs and snarls. If she ever wants to take up acting, she's halfway there.

Hazem Mohammed (drums); Tobias Illingworth (vocals, piano)
This earlier set was billed as FCT but the relevant personnel weren't all available so they  unexpectedly became a duo, with recent music graduate Tobias giving us his, mostly, original songs. 

Thereby hangs a problem.  Original songs often need to be heard a few times to be fully appreciated. Plus the fact that the vocal mic. over the piano wasn't used until the last 2 or 3 numbers meant some of the words and titles escaped me.

The style wasn't jazz but closer to contemporary folk. Lines of song alternating with short piano statements, and drums cleverly beating to the song rhythm. The voice, high-pitched and pleasant, the songs, I think,  mostly love songs. 

A cover of a Michael Hurley number, Animal Song, about the natural world preceded the piece I liked best, an instrumental with very long, slow piano chords which were played so that you heard each sound until it became silence. Really interesting as the notes actually seemed to change pitch just before the silence. The drummer simply made faint rumbling sounds on the cymbals, then ended the piece with a
cymbal oriental sound

Oh, and the raffle was won by Pam Young, a worthy winner, who will surely enjoy the Dizzy Gillespie CDs and the free pass to two JNE gigs. Enjoy!
Ann Alex

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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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