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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.

Friday, July 05, 2019

Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Gala Theatre, Durham - July 5

Ruth Lambert (vocals); Paul Edis (piano); Neil Harland (double bass); Russ Morgan (drums)
(Review/photo by Russell/Collage & Quartet photo courtesy of Brian Ebbatson)

Ruth Lambert has few if any pretenders to her crown as the supreme interpreter of the Great American Songbook. The Cullercoats-based singer works with the best of them and this Gala Theatre engagement found her in A-list company. Pianist Paul Edis, fresh from gigging in Glasgow the previous evening, short-notice dep bassist Neil Harland and sought-after drummer Russ Morgan were on duty for a one hour, lunchtime masterclass. 

The Gala's top floor studio space welcomed yet another capacity audience as Lambert opened her vocal masterclass with No Moon at All - succinct introductory solos from Edis and Harland with a concise round of fours, this was going to be good! Ms Lambert revealed she was battling a sore throat - we wouldn't have known! - as she ascended high, then higher again on Hoagy's Skylark. Cole Porter's You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To showcased Edis' stupendous piano playing followed by Lambert's take on Harold Arlen's I've Got the World on a String - quite simply, you couldn't find a better example of an innate sense of swing.  

West Coast Blues is a favourite of Lambert...good, any time! Edis and Harland stepped up on Bob Dorough's Devil May Care but, boy-oh-boy, Russ Morgan's pillar-to-post surging brushes were something else! 

Lambert the composer contributed two numbers - a mid-set A Love That Never Dies and the set-closing Mr Wonderful - which Messrs Edis, Harland and Morgan executed with due care and attention. Hearing Ruth Lambert fronting a big band (the Customs House Big Band) or, as on this occasion, singing in small combo company is one of the joys of gig-going.   
Russell   
More Gala photos.

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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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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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