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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.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Eric Boeren Quartet - Encore by Roly Veitch

Russell’s review is spot on. This gig had the feel good factor from the first number. A packed room full of eager anticipation, audience practically on top of the band (who played mostly seated) creating an intimate ambience, plenty smiling faces, musicians who obviously enjoyed and respected each other’s playing and music played with intensity, feeling but also a sense of fun.
All the players undertake all roles. Each member listens intently, reacts instantly and also functions as a catalyst for new ideas. So at any one moment it might be bassist de Joode setting up an ostinato bass riff, or drummer Lovens creating a rhythmic groove, or Boeren or Bergin setting up a rhythmic or melodic figure. No matter what the ‘prompt’ the others pick it up immediately and develop/explore the idea till just the right moment to move in a different direction. Each provides selfless support – be that rhythmic, melodic, or just laying out.
Every possible combination is a possibility at any phase in the development. High intensity episodes would come to a sudden halt and metamorphose into periods of lyricism. A particularly beautiful example was Boeren’s unaccompanied trumpet (cornet?) episode in the second set where he explored pure melody, with a gorgeous breathy tone – you could hear a pin drop. Sure enough the others came back in at just the right moment and the whole thing moved on to a new phase.
It would be unfair to single out anyone – four great players all contributing 100% to the benefit of the music. A great concert to a very appreciative audience finishing with a very deserved standing ovation and encore. One to remember!
Roly

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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