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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).

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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 Monday September 16

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

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

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Heritage Hall Stompers @ Central Park (Gosforth).

Gavin Lee (clt), ? (tpt), Terry Harvey? (bjo), ? (dms). Never having resided in Gosforth directions had to be asked. Now, ask anyone how to get to Central Park and they are going to say, "Take the Subway to Columbus Circle or 59th Street." This didn't actually happen to me when I posed the question to a Gosforth resident but it would have done had the positions been reversed.
As it happened, the question became academic as I could hear, in the distance, a trumpet calling the chillun' home to the strains of "Alexander's Ragtime Band."
As a four piece, the Heritage Hall were a few stompers short of les tout ensemble I was expecting but, nevertheless, the musicians played an entertaining, foottapping program with such old standbyes as "Basin Street Blues", "Big Butter and Egg Man", "Darktown Strutters Ball" and "Sentimental Journey" to name but a few.
Gavin Lee sounded not unlike Irving Fazola and, with his braces stretched somewhat across his midriff, even bore a resemblance to the old New Orleans master.
The trumpet player had some tasty moments whilst banjo and drums handled the responsibilities of a bassless rhythm section admirably.
Eating icecream and listening to jazz on a hot summer's day has much to recommend it.
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