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Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).

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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 September 17

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 - 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Acoustic Infusion with the Mighty Horns - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm). £5.00. Rick Laughlin & co.

Strictly Smokin’ Sessions - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 819845. 8:00pm. £4.00. Guest: Don Armstrong (reeds). Note earlier start.

Blues

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Monday, February 23, 2009

THE LAD v HCW at The Side.

The Lad (left): Adam Hastings (gtr), Peter Lee (kbds), Sam Vickery (bs), Ali Mack (dms). HCW: John Hirst (dms), Edd Carr (gtr), Christos Worsley (bs pictured below right.)
A double-header at The Side Café tonight in the form of HCW, who played a fine set here last November and "The Lad" - guitar wiz Adam Hastings' groove combo. On their last appearance, HCW - no prizes for working out where the name came from - had a distinct blues feeling to their music which was missing this time around. Instead, they played some well thought out originals that managed to escape the (sometimes) restrictive 12 bar format. Drummer Hirst's powerful technique, Edd Carr's exploratory solos and Christos Worsley's sensitive bass lines made for a tight unit. The 12 bar format holds no restrictions for Adam and nor does any other format from what I've heard. The mood here was George Benson and 'The Lad' was respectful towards his hero without being imitative. Peter Lee - no relation to the town or the old cabaret duo (Peters & Lee) - indicated that his soul mate was Billy Preston and he had some wild moments when in "Hammond" mode. Sam Vickery on bass and Ali Mack, drums, kept the engine powered for a set that had a few surprises. "Eleanor Rigby", despite Adam's professed love of the Beatles bore little resemblance to the original, I'm pleased to say, instead it had some guts to it. "Lately" was worthy of the composer (Stevie Wonder) and at times was quite delicate. However, for old boppers like myself, "Bouncing With Bud" was the highlight of an excellent set that simply "whizzed" by. The result? A score draw. Lance

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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