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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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Friday, November 06, 2009

Empirical @ Gateshead Old Town Hall

Nathaniel Facey (alt), Lewis Wright (vbs), Tom Farmer (bs), Shaney Forbes (dms). The last time I heard Empirical they had Jay Phelps on trumpet which gave the frontline a nice fat sound. Last night – bonfire night – the fireworks were missing. Instead we had a measured quartet with Facey the man in the spotlight. The young man is a good player with an appealing sound and no shortage of inventive powers. However, this concert, ostensibly a tribute to Eric Dolphy, required a bellyful of fire power such as the late altoist possessed in abundance and tonight that wasn't much in evidence. Indeed there were times when the pervading sepulchral atmosphere was reminiscent of an MJQ (Modern Jazz Quartet) concert. This was partly due to the presence of the vibes (also an excellent player by the way) and the almost churchlike setting of the Old Town Hall. Clapping after solos was perfunctory. Not, I hasten to add because of any deficiency in the soloists who also wrote most of the pieces but because, I suspect, a fear amongst the sparse audience that they might be struck by a thunderbolt for showing such irreverance. We should have clapped all the harder because the one thing this gig needed was a thunderbolt. A plus point, just as Liz remarked on how well turned out the Laurie Holloway Trio were, Empirical too were also suited and tied. I liked it. Maybe I'm old school (no maybe about it I hear someone cry) but I'm reminded of an article by Lockjaw Davis some years back. 'Jaws' said, “If I get dressed up and fork out good money for a concert ticket I sure don't want to see some guy on stage wearing a sheet.” Me too 'Jaws'. Lance.
PS: I'm back online. Thank you to those who sent messages of sympathy.

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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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Lance