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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.

Until July 21

Today Saturday July 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (See above).

Streets of Brass - Durham city centre. DH1. 11:00am-5:00pm. Free. A Durham Brass Festival event (see above).

Blues Guitar Workshop w Alvin Youngblood Hart - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 11:30am. £10.80.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Northern Pride, Claremont Road, Newcastle NE2 4PZ. 12 noon. Free.

A Concert for Margaret Barnes - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. £10.00. (£12.00. day ticket). JNE. Afternoon session (doors 1:00pm) line-up: Debra Milne & Steve Glendinning 1:30pm, Paul Edis & Graham Hardy 2:20pm, Hand to Mouth 3:25pm, Thomas Dixon Band 4:15pm.

Strictly Smokin' Party Band - Stack, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6QE. 5:30pm. Free. Eight piece band.

Country Blues etc.

Summertyne Americana - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. Various free outdoor shows and outstanding headliners check out here,

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Evening

A Concert for Margaret Barnes - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 6:00pm. £10.00. (£12.00. day ticket). JNE. Evening session (doors 5:45pm) line-up: Paul Taylor & the Long Lonesome Go 6:00pm, Bradley Johnston Trio 7:05pm, Duo FCT 8:10pm, Zoë Gilby Quartet 9:00pm.

Big Brass Party - Wharton Park, Durham DH1 4FJ. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. A Durham Brass Festival event (see centre column).

Blues/Funk/Soul

Half Hand Hoodoo - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, June 02, 2008

GHQ at GHQ

It was advertised as the Noel Dennis Quartet but, for some reason or other, Noel couldn't make it so his front line partner in "Splinter", stepped in and it became the Graham Hardy Quartet with Paul Edis (pno), Andy Champion (who else? on bass) and Adrian Tilbrook (dms); in effect the house rhythm section. The opening "Bye Bye Blackbird" showed a slight leaning towards early Miles with Graham playing some dazzling runs and Paul matching him every step of the way. A Clark Terry number, "In Orbit", which had a fine bowed solo by Andy, rounded off a fine first set.
"In Walked Bud" opened the second set explosively and I guessed Adrian wouldn't be using brushes much more. This was bop in the best Art Blakey/Clifford Brown tradition and everyone dug in deeply. The music just got better and better although I have to say it did falter a little on Strayhorn's "Star-Crossed Lovers". It could have been the fault of the tune which would have been heard to greater advantage had it been played earlier in the session. Still a small quibble in a superb set and no fours! One of my pet hates are those bands who have to have a round of fours at the end of every number. no such complaint tonight. Excellent.

2 comments :

Jazzaction said...

Hi Lance

Nice to see you once again at NEJC – I want to congratulate you on a very accurate (and speedy) review of last nights gig at the Side café. It’s not very often that a reviewer shows such a knowledge and understanding of the music and the mechanics of putting a performance together. You nailed it all, and I agreed with everything you wrote (even the brushes quip!).

Well done and keep it up.

I am going to put a link to you web site/blog on the front page of the Jazzaction site later today.

Lance said...

Thanks Adrian. a link on the JA website is like getting a mention in the Down Beat Poll.
Incidentally, visitors to the Jazz Action site should dip into Ric Walton's photo site which covers a lot of the gigs I missed at the time.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to all of them other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
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Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance