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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.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

If Destroyed Still True @ The Cluny. December 15th.

If Destroyed Still True: Tommy Evans (drums), Simon Kaylor (tenor & soprano saxophones), Simon Beddoe (trumpet & flugelhorn), Nick Tyson (guitar), Johnny Tomlinson (keyboards) & Seth Bennett (double bass). If Destroyed Still True, a young sextet, hail from Leeds. They are part of the Yorkshire city's hothouse collective known as LIMA. Last night was their first visit to Newcastle and it was an auspicious occasion - the tenth anniversary celebrations of Schmazz @ The Cluny.
Original composition is central to the ethos of a Schmazz gig and IDST brought a book full of band compositions: the principal composers, Tommy Evans (band leader and drummer) and guitarist Nick Tyson wrote for the collective sound of the sextet.
The opening number was plagued by sound difficulties yet, in no time, Charlie, Schmazz's resident sound engineer, had put things right to the satisfaction of the musicians.
One enduring 'difficulty' was the volume of the horns (Kaylor and Beddoe); too loud to appreciate fully the contributions of the bass and drums team of Evans and bassist Seth Bennett. The band sound was very much that of contemporary European jazz incorporating folk elements (Balkan to Celtic to English) and changing time signatures. Solos were shared around with genial keyboards player Johnny Tomlinson ranging from boppish runs to Bach-like counterpoint, Simons Kaylor and Beddoe played powerful sax (especially on tenor) and trumpet respectively. Nick Tyson, winner of a Parliamentary Jazz Award, exhibited an eclectic approach in his guitar playing and double bassist Bennett provided the highlight of the evening taking an exemplary solo on the final number.
The performance was well received by the partygoing audience. It won't be too long before IDST make a return visit.
Russell.

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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