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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.

Friday, October 04, 2019

Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music: Somersaults and Liber Musika @ The Black Swan Bar - October 3

Somersaults: Toby Delius (reeds); Olie Brice (bass); Mark Sanders (drums)
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).

The third Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music (NFJIM) got off to an absolute flyer! Two contrasting bands linked by their ability to improvise and create spontaneous and stimulating music.

Somersaults, I assume, are so named because that is musically what they perform. Free jazz acrobats performing on the high wire of improvisation with no safety net in sight. Breath-taking stuff from the off - pile driving, exhilarating, bursting with innovation. You could almost see the ideas bounce off the trio as they interacted with one another.

To label Mark Sanders a drummer would be the equivalent of calling Capability Brown a gardener. The percussionist employs a vast range of tools, bells and whistles to create a magical soundscape and a great visual spectacle.

Olie Brice on bass really seems to attack the instrument with gusto producing mesmerising bass lines and looked like he was 100% immersed in what the band were doing.

This was the first time I had seen Tobias Delius and he blew me away with his sheer dynamism and enthusiasm not only on sax and clarinet but also with the occasional vocal squeal. Strutting and dancing around the stage like a possessed witchdoctor mid spell, he conjured up dramatic powerful storms of notes although amongst the whirlwind the occasional subtle clarinet solo would emerge.

A great start to the NFJIM with the audience head over heels in appreciation. The bar (of the non-alcoholic variety) had been set very high for the forthcoming weekend.   
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Liber Musika: Faye MacCalman (clarinet); John Garner (violin/ viola); John Pope (bass); Will Hammond (vibes/percussion)

Earlier in the evening John Pope’s latest creation, Liber Musika, got things away nicely. John created this band at this year’s Sage Summer Studio. Comprising reeds, strings, vibes and clarinet, after the first number I was wondering where the drummer was before John explained that the idea for the band was inspired by seeing Anthony Braxton’s drummerless quartet earlier this year.

Despite the lack of a drum there was still plenty of plucking, tapping and clapping to provide a percussive effect. John explained that the tunes had no titles only numbers it turned that these numbers were 1 to 5 but they were played not in numerical sequence (it transpired that the order of the tunes was 3,2,1,5 and finally 4). I found the music more contemporary classical than free jazz but the festival is not billed as purely jazz so that is fair enough. Most of the numbers seemed rather sombre every so often there would a welcome burst of energy. The unique combination of instruments together with the way the musicians interacted with one another made the whole performance fascinating and thought provoking and it will be interesting to see how the project progresses in the future.
Steve H.
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1 comment :

Pam said...

OUTSTANDING EVENT
Genuine improvisation by talented musicians. WONDERFUL NIGHT

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