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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.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Clare Teal @ The Theatre Royal, York. - October 22.

Grant Windsor (pno/MD), A.D. Chivers (Gtr, maracas, harmony vcl), Simon Little (bs), Ben Reynolds (dms) Clare didn't just walk on stage she "arrived" sylphlike and full of bounce with an easy, friendly manner that quickly won over the lively and appreciative audience. Throughout the performance and between numbers she treat the full house to little chats, regaling us with snippets of her career and bringing everyone into the spirit of the show. Everybody loved Clare - it was a pleasure to be part of a value for money evening. After kicking off with Fascinating Rhythm, Coffee Song, Get Happy, Love Hurts, and a polished Cheek to Cheek, there followed many faves which were too numerous to mention but I did think that she absolutely excelled in the Latin numbers. Particularly poignant was I Love You Porgy, and a tribute to Anita O'Day with Tea for Two. My personal fave was If I Were a Bell, and Cavatina also has to be mentioned in her tribute To Dame Cleo who is 82 next week. Her MD/pianist, Grant Windsor, from 'Down Under' excelled in his accompaniment as did the rest of her band.
A.D. Chivers, first of all I thought he was surplus to needs, but he grew on us providing a bit of "showing off" which actually worked fine, he had a good rapport with Clare. On drums, Ben Reynolds, sensitive, young, excellent, looked like Jamie Cullum. Bassist, Simon Little, was also excellent , especially when he used his bow on some numbers.
Incidentally as I was getting my jacket she walked past me so I was able to truthfully say "Fab show" and was rewarded with a dazzling smile.
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