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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.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Bob Caswell + Blaydon Jazz Trio - 10/12/09

A freezing fog and late change of date for this gig contrived to reduce audience numbers but those that braved the fog were rewarded with a real treat. I have heard Bob sing several times now over recent years and can say he was on absolutely outstanding form this evening. Bob is a veteran of the dance band and big band era but equally at home in intimate cabaret type ‘trio + singer’ format. His delivery at times powerful, then tender – great breath control, diction etc.– he is an absolute pro. He waltzed effortlessly through a great selection of songbook classics, highlights for me being Michel Legrand’s ‘What are you doing the rest of your life’ and ‘I will wait for you’, a rip roaring ‘Old Man River’ and a version of ‘Misty’ that shifted from up tempo to slow ballad with ease. Jeremy McMurray too was on top form handling accompaniment duties with aplomb as well as some fine solos and features for the trio. Ably supported by the legendary Pete Ayton on bass and the listening drummer, Billy Shield. This was one of those concerts where the players just threw caution to the wind and delivered up a memorable evening of jazz – the rapturous applause at the end testified to that. Roly

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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