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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.

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Jam Session @ The Black Swan - October 1

(Review by Russell)

The first jam session since the student freshers' week and few, if any, showed. Perhaps their heads were buried in course text books. They'll catch on, this is the one night they shouldn't miss! Most of the regulars were there, usual seats, ready for some action.

The house trio - Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger and Tim Johnston - got things under way with On Green Dolphin Street. It didn't take long for the first of the sitters-in to join the party. Harry Keeble blew tenor on a couple including In a Sentimental Mood. Commanding tenor saxophone, the house trio offering sterling support, the recently graduated Keeble is a star in the making. 

Teessider Jan Spencelayh is an always welcome visitor to the Black Swan session and for starters sang All the Things You Are followed by Bye Bye Blackbird with a measured first verse. Jan would later return to the stand with an old friend to sing some more. 

Tenor saxophonist George Sykes, sporting a new hair cut, worked in tandem with 'bone maestro David Gray on God Bless the Child - excellent, the first of the evening's many highlights.

His Africa sojourn at an end, pianist Joel Brown is back on the scene. He called a  seasonally appropriate Autumn Leaves with John Pope giving Main Man Grainger the chance to go to the bar and Abbie Finn spelling Tim Johnston. Harry Keeble couldn't resist adding his tenor to the mix suggesting ESP. Good call with young Joel all over it! 

At a given juncture the fortnightly jam session invariably becomes an ever more dizzying cast of A-list guests - Adam Sams got up (his snazzy Gibson didn't go unnoticed) and took a look at Doxy, Sykes came back for more, likewise Showtime. Don't you just love jam sessions?! 

Jan Spencelayh sang some more - At Last  a winner - with Stu Collingwood once again at the piano. And then, the moment arrived...Bob Caswell said hello to his old pal Stu before proceeding with another in his vocal masterclass series. Nature Boy oozed class, a class act is Mr Caswell. As Ray Burns hovered in the wings a treat of treats pitched Jan with Bob. Their rendition of Every Time We Say Goodbye stole the show, simply tremendous! 
Russell
Stu Collingwood (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Tim Johnston (drums) +  Harry Keeble (tenor sax); Jan Spencelayh (vocals);  George Sykes (tenor sax); David Gray (trombone); John Pope (double bass); Joel Brown ( piano); Abbie Finn (drums);  Bob Caswell (vocals); ? (drums); Adam Sams (guitar); Michael Mather (drums); Ray Burns (harmonica)

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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.
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