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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 Tuesday July 23

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood; Paul Grainger; Matt MacKellar.

Archipelago & J Frisco + Mark Williams Trio - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £9.90.

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

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Sonny Simmons Quartet by John Moles and Russell Corbett

(I thought these two comments worthy of being featured - Lance)
I heard Sonny Simmons at the Bridge and was lucky enough to have a few words with him. His backing band, which actually played far more than he did and which he described as preferring to play outside, whereas he (presumably, now) preferred to play inside, was highly proficient. The general mode was high-intensity 'free', with some beatier stuff. For my taste, it is difficult nowadays to be distinctively good in this mode and the highly energetic trumpeter/trombonist seemed to me several notches below Simmons in general creativity (not sure, however, if this was the general audience reaction).
Simmons didn't just fragment phrases into fairly predictable shapes but employed a far wider melodic, harmonic and tonal range. In the time that I was there (had to leave early) he played one unaccompanied ballad associated with Coltrane (can't recall which), a brilliant performance in which one heard many of the great voices of the tradition (Coltrane, Hawkins,Rollins, Dolphy, Erwin, etc.) enhanced by his own beautiful intensity and melodic inventiveness.
I have always thought Simmons one of the great saxophonists. He is not now coasting but is clearly - and conscientiously - pacing himself. He is clearly a heroic human being. I think he is also still a very great musician.
I would recommend anyone to make an effort and go and hear him. I don't think, however, that this context is the best show-case for him
John Moles.
Sonny Simmons was superb.The Sheffield improvisers were up to the job,no question.A paint-stripping performance was punctuated with a couple of solo ballads from the great man.The upstairs room at the Bridge was packed-standing room only.A good number of students turned up.A great gig at a great venue with top-notch beers!
Russell.

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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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Lance