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16434 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 314 of them this year alone and, so far, 26 this month (May 9).

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Sat 18: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:00-9:00pm. Free. Celebrating ‘10 years of the Jazz Jam!’. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, Tim Johnston. A Late Shows event.
Sat 18: SH#RP Collective @ Holy Name Parish Church Hall, Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:00-9:00pm. Tickets: £15.00. Bar available, BYO snacks. A Jesmond Community Festival event. All proceeds to Kabuyanda Charity (Ugandan health care).
Sat 18: Red Kites Jazz @ Staithes Café, Autumn Drive, Gateshead. 7:30pm.
Sat 18: Alligator Gumbo @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 18: Rockin’ Turner Brothers @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 18: Papa G’s Amigos special summer Latin set @ The Schooner, Gateshead NE8 3AF. 9:00pm. Free.
Sat 18: Late Night Special with Ruth Lambert & special guests @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 10:00pm-midnight. £5.00. (booking essential). Lambert & surprise jam session guests from down the years.

Sun 19: BTS Trombone Day @ Mark Hillery Arts Centre, Collingwood College, Durham University DH1 3LT. 11:00am-5:00pm. Free to British Trombone Society members (£10.00. & £5.00. to non-members). Recitals, workshops and mass blows.
Sun 19: Women Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. £25.00. Tutor: Andrea Vicari. Enquiries:
Sun 19: Ransom Van @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 19: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 19: Andrea Vicari Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 20: Harmony Brass @ the Crescent Club, Cullercoats. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 20: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 6:00-8:00pm. Free. Opus de Funk: Horace Silver.
Mon 20: Joe Steels-Ben Lawrence Quartet @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. £8.00.

Tue 21: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, John Bradford.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Alice Grace Vocal Masterclass @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 6:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 22: Daniel Erdmann’s Thérapie de Couple @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 23: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 23: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Thu 23: Immortal Onion + Rivkala @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 23: The Doris Day Story @ Phoenix Theatre, Blyth. 7:30pm.
Thu 23: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Jeremy McMurray (keys); Dan Johnson (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 24: Hot Club du Nord @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 24: Swannek + support @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. Time TBC.

Sunday, September 24, 2023

Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music:The Edith Adamson Carillon – Performance 1 of 3

(© Ken Drew)
Paul Taylor (composer); Jon Bradley (Carillonneur)

A (mostly) photo review of the opening performance of this year's Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music in which the debut recital of a specially commissioned piece by Paul Taylor was played by Jonathan Bradley at the 'keyboard' of the carillon within the lofty heights of the Civic Centre's Carillon Tower, high above the city’s Council Chamber. Given that the performance was aimed at the audience in a public space, with the player hidden inside a tower which is topped by a set of carillon bells,  this is a tricky one to depict!


This was the second of two commissions which Taylor received to compose music specifically for this year's Festival. The first piece, Interludes, comprises electronically composed interludes designed for broadcast through the venue's PA systems before, in-between and after, each live concert performance. Of note is the fact that whilst it seems to emerge as a fully-formed composition, Interludes is completely unedited and entirely improvised in the moment, which is Taylor's distinctive style, all played within the one-hour framework as required by the festival. 

This unique music has been exclusively produced for NEWJAiM Recordings * and is soon to be released on CD and download.  Taylor's second commission for the festival, Permutations, is an improvisational score to be performed as the Festival's opening performance (and subsequent Festival weekends) by Jonathan Bradley (the city's carillonneur) on the Edith Adamson Carillon at the Newcastle Civic Centre, with the music being heard outdoors and across the city. 


Both of Taylor's compositions feature shared bell motifs, harmonising indoor and outdoor performances with a festival soundtrack that evokes the presence and sound of the Carillon throughout all the Festival events. Hearing it played live, for an uninterrupted hour long performance was literally unique, and being able to wander round the public space of the Civic Centre’s gardens whilst listening was certainly novel and interesting. Such a change from the restricted range of the Ding-Dong-Ding-Dong real-time chime from bell towers we are all accustomed to. The carillon has 25 bells, the largest of which weighs 71cwt, 1qr, 13lb (8,000 lb or 3,625 kg) which is tuned to A major. A Google search reveals a myriad of information, and of Carillon organisations around the world!


The next two performances, again improvised on Taylor's Permutations score (so each will be a new interpretation) will be 3-4pm on the following two Fridays of September 29 and  October 6. For the first performance I circumnavigated the Civic Centre to soak up the differing atmospheres as I walked around it (thankfully it only rained during the last 5 minutes!). For the next, I've been recommended to listen from within the confines of the quadrangle which is shielded from the varying noises of the city centre. And with the company of 5 swans, frozen in a sculpture of silent flight across its small lake, for company.  Sounds a good move!


So I plan to forego the view of River God Tyne on the outside for the Swans in Flight in the inner quadrangle of the gardens.  Whilst the main entrance to the Civic Centre is on the North-West corner I suspect access to the quadrangle space may be via the South-West corner. Either way I'll be asking how to get in! Ken Drew


*New Jazz and Improvised Music Link (links to the label's 18 album releases)


NFoJaIM info Link (advanced tickets highly recommended for indoor performances)

1 comment :

Russell said...

Ken, no need to ask how to access the quadrangle, it's open 24-7 (adjacent to the entrance to the council chamber).

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