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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 August 20

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Joe Reid - Band Room, Music Studios, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. 12 noon. Free. Reid (drums) Postgraduate Recital. ‘Progressive Drumming & Polyrhythms of the Modern Drummer’.

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Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 12:00pm - 2:00pm. Free.

NOTE EARLIER TIME THIS WEEK ONLY.

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Will Earl - Band Room, Music Studios, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. 1:40pm. Free. Earl (drums) Postgraduate Recital. ‘Solo and groove: innovation in contemporary drumming practices’.

Evening

Jazz

Jam session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, 59 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 7RU. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free. House trio: Giles Strong (guitar), Paul Grainger (double bass), Paul Wight (drums).

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 819845. 8:30pm. £4.00.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

The Virtuoso Trio @ Ashington Jazz Club - Report by John T.

George McDonald (clt), Jim Birkett (gtr), Pete Stuart (bs).
What makes a good jazz night?
Is it the performers, the venue, the audience or is there something else? What ever it is we found it with Virtuoso Jazz at the Elephant last night.
Jim Birkett has now been passed fully fit by the doc so his last three performances were probably just a warm up for last night. George and Peter were both on their first visit to Ashington and all three gave us a whole new experience of classic jazz done in a very sophisticated way with some great jazz history stories from George. You could have heard a pin drop - no obtrusive chatting at the bar and tumultuous applause after every number from the audience of 66.
Lots of new faces tonight; they said they'd be happy to come again.
The varied programme explored many different facets of jazz and the band's own enjoyment was clearly evident. James preferred the acoustics here to the old venue and, as with Ruth Lambert, each had their own, minimally set, amplification, creating an acoustic effect.
This is probably the first time we've had a trio - usually four to seven piece bands. Last night was about quality not quantity.
Afterwards, talking to Pete Stuart, he tells me that lately he's been gigging in Yorkshire with Dave Challis and Bob Ludlam.
Yorkshire will surely relish his playing!
John T.

3 comments :

Liz said...

I would be interested to know where abouts in Yorkshire that Dave Challis plays. Haven't heard of him in years.I used to go to his gigs regularly when he played in Harrogate. He is a good friend of my brother Ron Goodall who played with Dave's band many times.
Liz.

russell said...

Hi Lance

Liz should check - out Dave's website for gig news...

www.davechallisband.co.uk

Russell

Liz said...

Thanks Russell, very much appreciated.
Liz

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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