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Bill Reglein (JJ Babbitt m/pieces): "We made this mouthpiece for Eddie Harris. He played tenor sax and trumpet. He played in some pretty rough bars. The story goes that he was afraid he'd get in a fight and get his teeth knocked out. He figured that if even that happened he could still play tenor. So, the request came in, 'Can I get a reed mouthpiece for my trumpet?' the company made exactly one." - (DownBeat October 2019).

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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 Saturday September 21

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Solitude - St John's Church, Grainger St., Newcastle NE1 5JG. 11:00am & 2:00pm. Free. Gabriele Heller’s audio play (40mins).

Jeff Barnhart’s Silent Film Festival: Reel 2 - St Augustine's Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm. £10.00. (under 16s free). Barnhart’s piano accompaniment to classic silent films.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen: River Tyne Jazz Cruise - Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Departing 1:00pm (boarding from 12:30pm) from o/s Pitcher & Piano, returning 4:00pm. Tickets: £25.00. (info 0191 252 9429/07710 528413). On board buffet & Tyne Bank Brewery bar.

Evening

Ronnie Scott's All Stars - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. Tel: 01642 815181. 8:00pm. £22.50. (inc bf). Ronnie Scott's Story: 60th Anniversary Concert.

Nikki Iles, Karen Sharp & Friends - Queen's Hall Library, Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LS. Tel: 01434 652477. 9:30pm. £15.00. A Hexham Abbey Festival of Music & Arts event.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Bullfrog Blues Band - 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.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Steve Waterman, Issie Barratt & the VOTNJO. Sunderland Campus.

Steve Waterman, John Evans, Matt Roberts, Gordon Marshall, Graham Hardy (tpts). John Milgate, Chris Hibbard, K.Norris, Alan Bravey (tmbs). James Russell, Andy Bennett, Lew Watson, Rod Mason, Bill Sneddon (saxes). Paul Edis (kybds). Ken Marley (bs). Adrian Tilbrook (dms). Issie Barratt & John Warren (conductor, composer, arranger etc.)
The cop-out would be for me to refer you to last November's review of the band when the major work, "Noneffency" was premiered. On that occasion I ran out of superlatives. Fortunately, tonight, I discovered a new superlative - Steve Waterman. As featured guest artist, Steve rubber-stamped his credentials to walk tall amongst the British trumpet hierarchy.
It was a dazzling display, effortlessly paintstripping the ceiling, then a few bars later, creating a tapestry of delicate pastels.
This was musical poetry of the highest order and deserving of a bigger audience.
Kenton's band used to play a piece entitled "Concerto To End All Concertos" and "Noneffency" is worthy of being subtitled as such. Okay, I know that technically speaking it isn't a concerto but it certainly feels like one and if anybody ever does write the definitive jazz concerto then surely it will be Issie Barratt.
Or John Warren.
John's own pieces also brought the best out of the orchestra with each of the saxes having at least one moment of glory.
And it's not over yet! Tomorrow night, at the Side Café, down on Newcastle's Quayside, Steve Waterman plays a quartet gig with tonight's rhythm section of Paul, Ken and Adrian. Then on Thursday, at the Corner House in the Heaton District of Newcastle it's the Indo-Jazz group Free Spirits with Lew Watson, who played out of his skull tonight, on tenor and soprano.
Prior to the VOTNJO gig I caught a number from one of the prizewinning bands - the Leeds Coll of Music outfit. Phew! Playing a 5-4-5-4 formation and bringing on Mick Donnelly from the judges bench on tenor the young players lost nothing by comparision with their peers. The future is in safe hands with these boys and girls who hit just the right groove with ultra precise section work - they were worthy winners.
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