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

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Artephis @ The Globe Jazz Bar, Newcastle – September 7. A joint venture by Jazz North East and the Jazz Co-op in connection with Jazz North 'Northern Line'

Aaron Wood (trumpet, flugelhorn, electronics); James Girling (guitar); Ali Roocroft (keyboard); Alasdair Simpson (bass guitar); Matt Brown (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex/ Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
Well, what a brilliant evening of music is all I can say, and I'm sure the full house Globe audience would agree! This was listed as 'contemporary progressive jazz' so I was unsure if I'd latch onto it, but by the second piece I was hooked. See the quotation currently shown in the Bebop Spoken There box above, something about harming musicians by categorising them, how true in this case. This was simply (but not simple) great music, describe it how you will.
Mostly original pieces and the first tune Feroz (composed by Aaron Wood) took a while to bed down in my brain; it began with grooves and a trumpet line, then a keys one, a slowing down into snatches, guitar and trumpet call and response, trumpet leads, then all play to a sudden stop, the kind of sudden stop you get from many rock bands nowadays.

Tabula Rasa (comp. Girling) began with a beautiful cool, calm 'landscape' type of feeling tune on keys, building up to a heavier, louder sound as the whole band joined the theme, with steady drumbeats towards the ending.

I hope these descriptions give readers some 'feel' for the music played. The next piece was Chagrin; Know Her (comp. Girling) and was mainly drums led. The first set concluded differently and more traditionally with a boppy number Inner Urge (Joe Henderson), which could have been sung by the likes of Sheila Jordan, and with solos all round.

I was kindly supplied with the set list during the interval and my informant declared that he would announce the tunes in the second set, which he did in an amiable manner, so full marks for communication as well as music. So he first announced Glow (comp. Aaron Wood) a slow build-up of layers of sound with a skilled guitar prog rock type solo which took me back to 1970's evenings of music and wine.

 Treading Water was influenced by a musical partita (sounds more like an Italian meal) and ended with an interesting gruff-sounding guitar. Herbie Hancock's Eye Of The Hurricane ended with a superb drum solo; February (comp Girling) was loud and wild like that month's weather and Quinoa (comp. Girling) started with rumbles, then a strong tune and 'growling' guitar. That tune came about when Girling visited a quinoa-growing region of the world and realised the problems that the farmers had to deal with.

We all demanded an encore, which was the band's take on Caravan, over a strong Latin beat.
Then we all went home, very musically satisfied.
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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