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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, August 25, 2010

The Long Goodbye - Farewell to Jacky Denton

It seemed a long time before Jacky finally left us. The complications of dying abroad and the ensuing documentation meant that it wasn't until today that JD was finally laid to rest.
It was done in style - I wouldn't have expected any other. An assembled crew of musicians played at the Crem. Iain MacAulay and Mike Durham on trumpet; Lawrence McBriarty and Brian Chester, trombone: Derek Fleck, clarinet; J.C.Hallam on sousaphone and Dave Rea and John Hedley on banjo. That's right - rock guitarist John Hedley on banjo! (click here for proof!)
It was a good Humanist service that gave us all a picture of, not only Jacky the jazzman, but also the family man. Appropriately, As the coffin was committed, a recording of Mike Carr, John McLaughlin, Gary Cox and Jacky - Bell's Blues - was played. It was in 3/4 and the solid Denton drum punch drove it along.
The boys played us out with The Saints.
Afterwards it was over to Holly Hill Club where many musicians and family gathered round to chat and reminisce and enjoy the splendid spread provided. Andy Hudson gave a power-point slide show of the many aspects of Jacky's life some of which appear here.
I went into the adjoining bar. A local asked the barmaid what was going on.
"Funeral", she replied. "Jacky Denton - he was a drummer".
The lady had hit the nail on the head.
It was a fitting epitaph.
Jacky Denton - he was a drummer (add your own superlatives.)
Lance.

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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