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Giovanni Guidi: "So many jazz albums today are all original compositions, and five minutes after the record is finished, you can't remember a single song. I think it's a problem." - (JazzTimes Oct. 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 Thursday October 17

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Aurora - St James' & St Basil's Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £8.00. (£4.00. student). Zoë Gilby, Noel Dennis & co play the music of Tom Harrell.

No Fox - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

Darlington Big Band - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Gerry Richardson Jazz Quartet - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 8:30pm (doors 7:00pm). Free.

Blues/Soul/Funk

Holy Moly & the Crackers - Georgian Theatre, Green Dragon Yard, Stockton TS18 1AE. Tel: 01642 674115. 7:30pm. £12.00.

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

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

CD Review: The Lee-Wynne Quartet - Hats Off

Gavin Lee (clarinet, alto sax, soprano sax); Ian Wynne (piano); Dave Rae (tenor guitar, banjo); John Robinson (bass)
(Review by Russell)

The north east of England's jazz scene continues to be documented by its many practitioners via a steady stream of new recordings. From Hot Club to swing, big band to contemporary, the broad spectrum of the music is well represented. Now, not before time, the music of New Orleans takes its place in the region's CD collection.

Gavin Lee and Ian Wynne have been in the recording studio at Washington Arts Centre to produce 'a tip of the hat' album 'to those who have gone before'. Hats Off comprises an opening three-part Buddy Bolden Suite and ten further tracks, all written by Lee. Pianist Wynne resides on the other side of the Pennines and during a flying visit earlier this year to play a concert engagement in Springwell stayed on to go into the studio with Lee, veteran banjo ace Dave Rae and redoubtable string bass man John Robinson. 

Lee is heard playing, variously, clarinet and alto and soprano saxophones. Here Lee the clarinetist favours an earthy vibrato, Lee the saxophonist casually fleet-fingered on either reed. Traffic Warden Blues is a stand out track, Harold Lloyd Rag suggests the composer is a student of the musical form and the bespectacled comedic master of the silent screen.  

Ian Wynne first came to wider attention as a teenage pianist working with the Rae Bros NOJB. Fast forward a good few years and here we have Wynne, a master of early jazz styles - rags, boogie-woogie, stride and blues - working with his one time 'employer' Mr Dave Rae. Completing the line-up is Mr Dependable, string bass man John Robinson. Hats Off speaks volumes as Lee and his band mates acknowledge the masters of the music and it would be good to see the Lee-Wynne Quartet take the project on the road. Hats Off (£12 + £2 p&p) is available from: www.neworleansjazz.co.uk      
Russell 

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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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