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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, January 08, 2009

Keith Stephens Trio and Caroline Irwin. Report by John Taylor

I was concerned that numbers would be down for Ashington Jazz Club's first session of 2009. In the past we did not do January. However, last night passed all expectations even though at least 12 of the regulars were down with flu. etc. Lots of new faces in the audience including surprise guests Gordon Solomon of the River City Jazzmen and Frank Wappett from Radio Newcastle. Final total 72 - last years average was 60. This was a very good turnout for what turned out to be the most entertaining night I have ever had in any jazz club! As we say in Ashington "They really worked hard for their coals" using a wide combination of instruments and a most eclectic mix of numbers.
Some of the xmas decoration were still up so Caroline dressed as Santa's elf and sang "Santa Baby", making excellent use of the radio mike as she moved through the audience.
Lots of Edith Piaf favourites (in French) and even some Doris Day numbers were welcomed by an appreciative audience. My wife Sheila helped me out on the door and she said how much everyone had enjoyed something a little different. This was only her second visit to the club, the first time was for Ruth Lambert.
The band dedicated an arrangement (based on "Amazing Grace") to the young couple who were killed in a house fire at Ashington at the New Year. The young girl did the catering at The Elephant and the staff have all had a difficult 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.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance