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Mark Walker: "A drummer in a big band is always happy. It's like driving a big bus." - (Downbeat, August 2019)

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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.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Customs House Big Band + Ruth Lambert. Open rehearsal @ the New Crown, South Shields.

The only drawback to the Customs House Big Band's monthly open rehearsal at the New Crown, South Shields is the room - the most comfortable seats mean the band is hidden from view. However, this is a small - indeed the only - price to pay for their, as always, polished performance.
After a first set of stop-starting, honing, polishing and tweaking by leader Peter Morgan a one hour concert with vocals from Ruth Lambert followed.
So why wasn't the New Crown crowded? Just a couple of months back, at the Customs House, the band had drawn the punters in for two nights in a row at a tenner a head now they could have a goodly portion of that concert for free.
Strange...
Still their loss as the saying goes...
Of the newer stuff, bassist Jack (John?) Lowe impressed on Bernie's Tune and Gordon Marshall ensured that the brass played with power and precision.
For the concert proper Ruth cantered effortlessly through Time After Time, I Get A Kick Out Of You, Hard Hearted Hannah, I've Got The World On A String and Alright, Okay, You Win.
Our girl was in good voice.
Band numbers Blue Bossa, I Love Paris, Indiana and a couple more saw some good solos from Alan Marshall, Jill Brett, Jim McBriarty, Bill Brittain and Michael Lamb- even Roy Willis slipped in a rare guitar chorus.
It was nice work and they got it without having to try too hard.
Lance.
PS: Next open rehearsal by the band is Tuesday June 1 - stsp. Next gig is at the Saville Exchange, North Shields on Friday June 18.

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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