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Bill Reglein (JJ Babbitt m/pieces): "We made this mouthpiece for Eddie Harris. He played tenor sax and trumpet. He played in some pretty rough bars. The story goes that he was afraid he'd get in a fight and get his teeth knocked out. He figured that if even that happened he could still play tenor. So, the request came in, 'Can I get a reed mouthpiece for my trumpet?' the company made exactly one." - (DownBeat October 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 Saturday September 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see above).

Solitude - St John's Church, Grainger St., Newcastle NE1 5JG. 11:00am & 2:00pm. Free. Gabriele Heller’s audio play (40mins).

Jeff Barnhart’s Silent Film Festival: Reel 2 - St Augustine's Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm. £10.00. (under 16s free). Barnhart’s piano accompaniment to classic silent films.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen: River Tyne Jazz Cruise - Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Departing 1:00pm (boarding from 12:30pm) from o/s Pitcher & Piano, returning 4:00pm. Tickets: £25.00. (info 0191 252 9429/07710 528413). On board buffet & Tyne Bank Brewery bar.

Evening

Ronnie Scott's All Stars - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. Tel: 01642 815181. 8:00pm. £22.50. (inc bf). Ronnie Scott's Story: 60th Anniversary Concert.

Nikki Iles, Karen Sharp & Friends - Queen's Hall Library, Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LS. Tel: 01434 652477. 9:30pm. £15.00. A Hexham Abbey Festival of Music & Arts event.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Bullfrog Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Preview: New Orleans Swamp Donkeys - Friday!

(Preview by Russell)

It's a growing list. Either side of the Atlantic young musicians are finding something of interest in the foundations of the music - the sounds of twenties' New Orleans jazz and the fledgling swing bands of the Cotton Club years. The Stateside contingent includes Tuba Skinny, the all-female Shake 'Em Up Jazz Band, the Shotgun Jazz Band, Frog and Henry (the Big Easy their base) and Vince Giordano with his Nighthawks an established figure up in NYC. European counterparts count among their number Edinburgh's Tenement Jazz Band, the Basin Street Brawlers, Adrian Cox with his Edmond Hall project and Belgium's swing dance outfit the Jake Walker Orchestra.  

In Newcastle on Friday there is an opportunity to hear another first rate American band when the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys play a late afternoon on-street warm-up gig ahead of an evening concert down in the Ouseburn Delta. Direct from N'Awlins, James Williams leads an ace ensemble outside Ernest (that's the cafe/bar behind the Biscuit Factory on Stoddart Street) at five o'clock before moving on downstream to Cobalt Studios on Boyd Street (near to the Tyne Bar).

Willams is a Louis Armstrong disciple, both as a trumpeter and vocalist. His fellow Swamp Donkeys comprise some of the Crescent City's finest. Past members have included musicians of the calibre of trombonist Haruka Kikuchi (of the Shake 'Em Ups) and the current line-up is sure to be of the A-list variety. So, you could book a flight to Louisiana sometime to hear them play or, far cheaper, take a bus from Blackett Street to the Tanner's Arms (turn left onto Stoddart Street) in time for five. The Boyd Street gig at eight will set you back a mere fiver. From the Missisippi Delta to the Ouseburn Delta, you couldn't make it up! Friday 19 July - Ernest 5:00pm, Cobalt Studios 8:00pm.     
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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