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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 09, 2019

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) presents The Artistry of Jazzmeia Horn


(Press release)

The SNJO is delighted to welcome the outstanding American vocalist Jazzmeia Horn on her first visit to Scotland for three nights of spellbinding vocal artistry and enthralling orchestral jazz. In this concert series, a big band meets a big voice, but both will be bringing mind, body and soul to the art of performance.

Jazzmeia Horn is the foremost jazz singer of her generation and very much a voice for our times. Musically, she has journeyed through jazz history from its earliest beginnings, absorbing every nuance, influence and inflection along the way. It is an approach that has made her one of the most articulate and relevant voices in improvisational music.
 
Anyone hearing Jazzmeia Horn for the first time will be struck by several things at once. There is explosive power, raw emotion, boundless energy, great strength and consummate control. Yet, there is something else. It is identity and it commands your attention. That much has already been recognized with a GRAMMY Award nomination for her debut album, A Social Call.

It would be a lapse into cliché to say that Jazzmeia Horn’s music speaks for itself. She has, in any case, explained her relationship with jazz herself, and in the clearest possible terms; ‘when I’m scatting, I don’t think about a horn player, I just become the horn player’.
Nevertheless, one jazz journalist was moved to comment that, Jazzmeia is a performer for whom every word, gesture, and ornament becomes an expression of her total conviction and she completely comes alive in the moment”.

The SNJO’s acknowledged elegance and commitment to emancipated expression perfectly matches the bravura artistry of Jazzmeia Horn. The scope of their collective vision is self-evident in a set-list featuring sparkling new arrangements by Bill Dobbins. The selections include affectionately re-imagined standards such as I Remember You and Darn That Dream, alongside a bittersweet romance in The Peacocks. Also featured is Jazzmeia’s recent composition Free Your Mind, which appears on her recently released 2nd album Love and Liberation on Concord Records.

We confidently predict that Jazzmeia Horn, in live performance with the SNJO, will be among the most memorable events of the jazz year, just about anywhere. But, don’t take our word for it. Come and hear for yourself. Prepare to be amazed, to be moved and to be uplifted, but be there!

Friday 22nd November 2019 at 7.30 p.m. Perth Concert Hall

Saturday 23rd November 2019 at 7.30 p.m. Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (New Auditorium)

Sunday 24th November 2019 at 7.30 p.m. Edinburgh Usher Hall

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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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