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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.

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Sloth Racket @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle - September 1

Cath Roberts (baritone sax); Sam Andreae (alto sax); Anton Hunter (guitar); Seth Bennett (bass); Johnny Hunter (drums)
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).

After two successive Sunday nights of quality straight ahead jazz it was good to get back to a performance that would warm the cockles of the free jazz fan's heart.

Sloth Racket were created in 2015 at the behest of Jazz North East who asked Cath Roberts to form a band to perform at the GIJF of that year. It proved to be such a successful collaboration that the quintet has continued to play together. Their current national tour began on Sunday night at the Bridge the purpose of which is to launch their fourth album Dismantle Yourself.

The band, not all living in the same part of country, must find rehearsing together logistically difficult but if they were under rehearsed it certainly didn’t show. In fact maybe it was the freshness of performing together again which contributed to such an exhilarating and thoroughly entertaining performance.

All five musicians went for it from the off, there are no distinct individual solos yet every so often a particular performer’s efforts seems to jump out of the musical kaleidoscope and captivate the listener. Such is the collective feel of the performance there is no need to single out any musician over another although band leader and composer Roberts has to be congratulated on producing such a fine contemporary modern outfit.

The music itself is dynamic invigorating sometimes fast and furious and at other times reflective and peaceful. Hooks and motifs appear all over place catching one unawares lifting the listener out of any complacency they may have settled in to.  Having seen this band before I knew roughly what to expect but I enjoyed this gig more than on previous occasions which is obviously a very good sign.  

At the bar during the interval local bass supremo John Pope summed the gig up perfectly ‘stonking’ he said I couldn’t have put it better myself.
Steve H.
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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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