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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 Sunday August 18

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Rockafellas - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

East Coast Jazz Jam - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free.

Bradley Johnston Trio + Giles Strong Trio - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00.

Dan Garel & Friends - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm (doors). £6.00. (£3.00. student).

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

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Benny's Last Goodbye

If you are given to trawling the Pound Shops as I am you may stumble across a DVD by Benny Goodman described as "His Last Performance" filmed and recorded at the Tivoli in Sweden. Flash the cash whilst it is there - I bought it a few years back for a fiver - it is a fitting tribute to the one time King of Swing. That the tone may have become slightly thinner and the well worn standards played a thousand times before doesn't detract from the fluency of his playing. Benny even appeared to be enjoying himself - the famous ray conspicuous by its absence and replaced by, of all things, a smile! Behind him, the Swedish quartet swung sympathetically as they worked out on Lady Be Good, Poor Butterfly, The World Is Waiting for The Sunrise, Send in the Clowns, It's Easy To Remember. Jimmy Maxwell, a longtime Goodman trumpet associate played I'm Confessin tightly muted before Benny joined him for Don't Be That Way that somehow segued into Stomping At The Savoy. The guitarist, Harry Pepe, had a nice Charlie Christian feel to his solo. I Should Care was a piano solo for Don Haas who played brilliantly throughout. Maxwell was replaced by Svend Asmusen on violin who teamed up with Benny for If I Had You and a faster After You've Gone. They both went for it culminating in a blistering albeit chaotic finale. Maxwell returned to join Benny and Svend for Air Mail Special before, after demands for more, the 'king' played a few bars of his theme tune Goodbye. It's well worth a pound (I think I saw it in Wilkinsons for 99p if the recession is still hitting you) and a fitting reminder of one of jazz's all-time greats swinging off into the sunset. Benny Goodman (clt), Jimmy Maxwell (tpt), Svend Asmunssen (vln), Don Haas (pno), Harry Pepe (gtr), Charly Antolini (dms), Peter Witte (Bs).
Lance.
PS: I opted out of the Chilli tonight because of the 'Fog on the Tyne'.

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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