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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.

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music: Sue Ferris Quintet & Mark Williams @ the Black Swan Mezzanine - October 6

Sue Ferris (tenor sax/flute); Graham Hardy
(trumpet/flugelhorn); Paul Edis (keys); Paul Susans (bass); Rob Walker (drums).
(Review by Lance)

Back in the mists of time, Wingy Manone used to bill his shows as Come on in and hear the truth! Although the music played by the Sue Ferris Quintet bore no resemblance to the classic 1930's swing of Wingy, that phrase crossed my mind as soon as  the opening bars of Opus de Funk threatened to lift the roof off the packed Mezzanine. 

Trumpet and tenor hit the Horace Silver number on the button before Sue unleashed the gutsiest tenor playing you'll ever hear on a Sunday afternoon in Newcastle - or anywhere! This was one of those solos you didn't want to end! It did but it didn't matter as Graham Hardy picked up the baton and ran with it keeping the temperature at boiling point. Paul Edis did his bit (understatement of the year?) and Walker and Susans were solid.

More Silver with Song For My Father, a samba version of I Could Write a Book that worked and some fancy flutin' on Witchcraft. Graham Hardy arranged/transcribed Roy Hargrove's Soppin' the Biscuit and it was a tasty dish indeed!

Paul Edis, who, up to now, had been content to sit back and knock us sideways with his solos and super support threw another one of his hats into the ring with a six page arrangement of the Mingus classic - Fables of Faubus. It sounded great and the other four coped admirably with the varying changes of tempo.

An Edis original followed, the name of which I didn't quite catch - was it Mikey's Samba? - had Rob Walker going for gold and he got it!

The afternoon closed with Graham's arrangement of One Hand, One Heart from West Side Story. Not your usual flag waving finisher but a sensitive, beautifully delivered ballad.

A tremendous set and, not once did they fall in to the trap of ending a number with a round of fours - fours, these days, are so so passé!

Mark Williams (guitar).

Earlier, when there were still a few seats available, Mark Williams held the audience spellbound with a virtuosic solo set that encompassed the wide range of effects he had at his fingertips or, to be more precise, his toes. Electronic wizardry abounded as he moved from one pedal to another with a dexterity that many a B3 player would be proud of.

Despite all of this technology, it didn't hide the fact that Mark is a master of his craft. His programme comprised mainly originals although Monk's Bemsha Swing did sneak in.

It was a good start to the afternoon.
Lance.
PS: I now hear that Newcastle have beaten Man U!

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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