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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.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Update on Mike Carr

An update on former Emcee 5 keyboarder Mikr Carr and his current happenings.
Mike tells me of a one hour Radio Show, "The Doodlin' Lounge" , in San Francisco by Pete Fallico. Fallico has done 12 Podcasts including Horace Silver and Jimmy Smith as well as a one hour show by Mike.
Mike says that when you see 'Radio' double click on it. Well I did that but had to take a raincheck on Mike. Nevertheless, there is still some great organ jazz from players such as Joey De Francesco and Charles Kynard among others.
Mike's own website is at http://www.mikecarr.co.uk/
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"The Emcee 5 CD," said Mike, "comprises world class players; Ronnie Stephenson (drums), Gary Cox (tenor), my brother Ian (trumpet) who was also a great writer - he wrote the marvellous Miles Davis Book as well as the Keith Jarrett one. On bass there was Spike Heatley, Malcolm Cecil, Midge Ure or John O'Carroll. Jackie Denton and Johnny Butts were also on Drums. The disc has been issued twice in Japan, the first time to Eugene Music in 1998 and the second time to Celeste Records in Tokyo, in 2002. Celeste have it out right now on CD."
(Lance says: If there are any deprived persons who haven't got the Emcee 5 disc, either on CD or vinyl they can remedy it by going to Mike's site - he's got them for a tenner plus postage.)
"If you go to my web site," continued Mike, "you will see some of my other CDs including 'Cargo' which features Dave Collins vocals, Victor Feldman vibes, Jim Mullen guitar, Dick Morrissey and Don Weller tenor. Also, Ronnie Scott, Tim Cansfield guitar and Robert Ahwai as well as Peter King alto.
My current band is the Blue Note Band - see website.
As you probably know, I lived in Gosforth but worked with the Emcee Five in the Marimba Coffee House, the Downbeat Club and another club in Percy Street - I don't remember the name (Club A' Go Go?)." - Mike Carr."
(As a matter of further interest - Mike has Jim Cormack's standard fake book "JC Changes" available. Not only does it have melody and changes for a zillion standards but the changes are the real McCoy and as modern as tomorrow. £33 from Mike.)
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