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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.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

River City Jazzmen @ The Swan, Choppington

Gordon Solomon (tmb), Jim McBriarty (sax/clt), Keith Stephen (gtr), Bill Brooks (bs0, Fred Thompson (dms).
The R.C. always do this monthly venue as a trumpetless 5 piece. Sadly, last night, the pull of the Champions League was greater up here than it was in Heaton according to Lance's report from The Chilli. I think band and audience played a score draw fives each. (No, the audience clinched it in extra time after a penalty shoot out.)
Jim McBriaty seems to be the regular clarinet player now. He also did some superb work on his new dark blue soprano sax.
They played one number that Gordon did not know. Keith shouted the chords out for him (from memory) as they played. By the end of the tune that was another fine one for the pad.
Fred sang a few requests and I won a bottle of wine in the raffle.
Altogether a nice night out. Solly (Gordon Solomon), informed me that the line up was the one he is bringing to Ashington on the 8th of July, with the addition of Ray Harley on trumpet.
The River City have several gigs with Ray around the start of July including the Whitley Bay Jazz Festival and the Mouth of the Tyne Festival. Its always worth looking out for the programme for the "Mouth". Usually 3 jazz bands on the Saturday and 3 on the Sunday on Tynemouth High Street.
Watch this space for details.
John T.

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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