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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 August 19

Afternoon

Jazz

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

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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Thursday, March 04, 2010

Budvivar Take it to The Bridge @ The Chilli

Budvivar: Debra Milne (vcl), Stuart Findon (ten/vcl), Fiona Littlewood (ten/vcl), Nicola Weaver (alt/vcl), Chris Finch (pno), Jim Crinson (bs), Eric Stutt (dms).
Take it to the Bridge: Dave Weisser (tpt/vcl), Doug Fielder (ten), Barrie Ascroft (pno), Mathew Office (gtr),Jim Crinson (bs), Eric Stutt (dms).
Budvivar just get better and better. New numbers, new routines, co-ordination - you could take them anywhere - they're musically house-trained.
The hour long set, unfolded before an intimate audience - no, that's not right you need two to be intimate (joke) - was possibly the best I've heard from them yet even though the saxes were slightly undermiked.
Nicola, on alto as opposed to bari, had some juicy solos and, as her familiarity with the book grows, expect even more from the good doctor. The lady even chipped in with some vocal harmony alongside Fiona and Stuart on the backing vocal to Centrepiece. It didn't quite have the edge on last weeks Ian Shaw/Emma Smith vocal at the Spice but it was in the same ballpark.
There were a few other unexpected vocal moments tonight. Apart from Debra's immaculate conceptions of Four, Fine and Mellow, Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You, Nica's Dream, Love Me or Leave Me and Louis Jordan's Daddy-o where Stuart took the part of Mammy-o, their was also my old favourite Hit That Jive Jack.
Instrumentally the solos were great and the sax intro to Love Me Or Leave me was something else but the non-vocal side was heard to absolute perfection on the opening Oleo. Should also mention Chris who played fine piano throughout.
Jim and Eric made sure it swung and it did!
Earlier, the resident Take it to the Bridge crew had moments to reflect on in Solar, Wave, Alice in Wonderland and Killer Joe among others and later finished off the night with, after some deliberation, Mercy, Mercy, Mercy. This was Eric's last session with Dave and the boys we wish him well.
Lance.
PS: Where's Harley Johnson these days?

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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