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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 Monday August 19

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

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

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Dave Rae's Levee Ramblers New Orleans Jazz Band @ Springwell Village Community Venue - July 31

Dave Rae (guitar/banjo/vocal); Mick Hill (cornet/vocal); Jim McBriarty (clarinet/vocals); Gordon Solomon (trombone); John Robinson (bass); George Davidson (drums/vocal) + Ken ? (monologues)
(Review by Lance).

The Bacons (Liz & Paul) and Blenkin (Jim) were rambling elsewhere last night so leader Rae brought on Solomon, McBriarty, and Davidson off the subs bench and super-subs they were too. No surprises there! Solomon, a leader of various versions of the River City Jazzmen including the current edition, McBriarty, a key member of just about every other trad band north and south of the Tyne, and Davidson a distinctive New Orleans stylist. They combined well with the house team of Rae, Hill and Robinson.
These days, because of the increasing maturity of  the audience (notice how carefully I picked my words) for oude styjl jazz (as they say in Breda) most of the vintage jazz gigs take place in the form of lunchtime sessions. However, Springwell Village Community Venue is an exception - the well-attended evening sessions have been running (almost) since Kid Ory really was a kid.

As such, it wasn't surprising that the overall sound was reminiscent of Ory's Creole Jazz Band with Barber, Bunk, Colyer and Humph thrown in for good measure.

Despite the official name, it's a village hall and as much a hub of the area as, say, The Woolpack in TV's Emmerdale. This was typified by the platefuls of free toasties (somebody had left the fridge door open and the contents had to be used up) and the raffle which included 6 fresh eggs!

After You've Gone (vocal Hill); Mama's Gone Goodbye (vocal McBriarty); Coquette; Give me Your Telephone Number (comp. J.C. Higginbotham); Wabash Blues; Up Jumped the Devil; Bobby Shafto; DJC Blues (Humph); Too Busy (vocal by McBriarty on a number popularised by Kay Starr) and Weary Blues.

The second set began with a couple of amusing monologues recited by a gentleman called Ken before the music got back underway with McBriarty singing I Get the Blues When it Rains. Mahogany Hall Stomp did indeed stomp and the trombone wisdom of Solomon was heard on Savoy Blues. Magnolia's Wedding Day followed by I'm Travellin' with some Bechet-like clarinet from Jimmy Mack (when are you coming back?) led to Dave Rae telling us to Do What Ory Say, drummer Davidson recalling in words When You and I Were Young Maggie and, finally, Dave Rae singing Goin' Home which we duly did after a most enjoyable evening.
Lance

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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