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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, April 26, 2009

Virtuoso Trio at the Highfield Hotel.

Jim Birkett (gtr), George McDonald (clt), Pete Stuart (bs).
An exquisite vignette - chamber jazz at its best. This was an evening of Benny Goodman that proved the 'King of Swing's' legacy is in safe hands with George McDonald who displayed a facility befitting of a monarch. No mind-blowing, ear-bending experimentation, just straight down the middle swing with a couple of 'sexy' (George's description) bossa novas thrown into the mix.
"Airmail Special", "Flying Home", "Memories of You", "Somebody Loves Me", "In a Mellow Tone", "Margie", "My Blue Heaven", "Wave", "One Note Samba" and the appropriately named "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing", were just some of the delights.
On guitar, Jim Birkett played an updated Charlie Christian role to perfection despite being hampered (hampered? It didn't show) by a recent injury to his fingers.
Pete Stuart, quiet, unobtrusive and melodic had some deft interplay with George in, I think, "Georgia on my Mind".
Pleased to note a few extra faces from Tyneside which just goes to show that it is possible to get to East Rainton without a guide and a team of native bearers.
Lance.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Looks as if us Ashingtonians are in for a good night next week!!

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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.

Submissions for review

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