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

Monday, September 09, 2019

Preview: Bruce Adams @ Blaydon Jazz Club

This coming Sunday (Sept. 15) marks the 35th anniversary of Blaydon Jazz Club and will be celebrated with a session by world-class trumpet player Bruce Adams. 

That this landmark has been achieved is due to the belief and perseverance, tempered with the occasional disappointment, of one man - guitarist Roly Veitch.

Self-effacing Roly will refute this statement and, whilst it's true that along the way he's had support, he alone has been the one constant that's kept it going despite venues closing, funds running short and the constant battle to keep audience levels viable.

It's been a roller-coaster ride that has seen many fine musicians grace the stage - Tommy Whittle, Roy Williams, Alan Barnes, Johnny Barnes, Janusz Carmello and Vasilis Xenopoulos* to mention but some as well as a lot of top notch local bands and musicians - and I can think of few players better fitted than Bruce Adams to headline this celebration.

Apart from being a fantastic trumpet player, his skills as a raconteur are on a par with his frequent frontline compatriot Alan Barnes which means that a very entertaining evening is in store.

Back in the early days it was piano legend Bill Harper who led the house band but, with Bill now resident in France, it is the brilliant Paul Edis Trio who have taken on that role and the combination of Bruce, Paul & Co is a mouthwatering prospect.

This promises to be a night to remember so be sure to find yourself "Gannin' along the Scotswood Road on the way to Blaydon".
Lance

Sunday Sept. 15
Bruce Adams w. the Paul Edis Trio,
The Black Bull,
Bridge St.,
Blaydon,
NE21 4JJ.
Tel: 0191 4142846.
7:30pm. £10.

*Return visit by Vasilis Xenopoulos w. Paul Edis Trio on Oct. 27.

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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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Lance