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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).

Will Earl - Band Room, Music Studios, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. 12 noon. Free. Earl (drums) Postgraduate Recital. ‘Solo and groove: innovation in contemporary drumming practices’.

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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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Joe Reid - Band Room, Music Studios, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. 1:40pm. Free. Reid (drums) Postgraduate Recital. ‘Progressive Drumming & Polyrhythms of the Modern Drummer’.

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, August 06, 2010

Keith Stephen's Hot Club Trio w. Steve Andrews @ Ashington Jazz Club - Take 2

Steve Andrews (ten/alt/clt.whistle), Keith Stephen (gtr/bjo), Roly Veitch (gtr/vcl), Bruce Rollo (bs.)
The large audience were disappointed to hear that Caroline, the vivacious and energetic vocalist, was unable to appear due to illness. Caroline has a face and energy which launches big smiles from our mature audience... However, the versatile and accomplished Steve Andrews, who was depping for Caroline won the admiration of the audience as the evening progressed. It was Steve's first visit to our venue and what an enjoyable evening we experienced.
The unit played together in a very spontaneous free and joyful style and each number and solo received a deserved reaction. From the very start we knew we were in for some good Jazz.
Steve's Penny Whistle was introduced - a first for this Club and a surprise. His saxes were heard frequently and the rendition of Stardust a delight.
The group played gypsy jazz with style - they are outstanding in this idiom. Roly introduced his own West Indian composition, Calypso Joe, which created a holiday atmosphere and as we all know Roly sings a good tune on Sweet Sue and I'm Confessin' in the Chet Baker style. As always he found the moment to introduce a traditional Geordie Song and one known in our area as the Happenny Woods at Bedlington. Several numbers created excitement, pacy rhythms and fast moving fingers. The combo gave a professional, delightful performance and all went home happy after an evening well spent.
Our thanks to Keith, Roly, Bruce and our special guest Steve from Cumbria for a great evening's entertainment. We shall see you at our Christmas meet.
Can't wait.
Peter S.
P.S Keith managed to use the banjo on the final number and his singing voice.

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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