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Bebop Spoken There

Sting: "It was great. They [the River City Jazzmen] all wore blue suits. The band had been together for about twenty years, which was the same age as the suits." - (Melody Maker Sept. 22, 1979).

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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 Monday October 21

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.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:00pm/5:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

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

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Swing Fever @ The Maggi Bank, North Shields.

Jackie (vcls), Tom (pno), Phil (bs), Peter (dms).
I had pre-conceived ideas of a tea shop quartet tipping their toes ever so slightly into the banks of, say, the Ohio.
I was wrong - boy was I wrong! As the anonymous Tom pounded the piano into near submission at twice the volume of the whole Ray Stubbs Band the anonymous Jackie came in on Summertime. This wasn't no Summertime where the livin' is easy - this was summertime in Helmand Province where the shot and shell were flying - or maybe it was just Geordie Gershwin shufflin' around in his grave.
Whatever, it kick-started a no holds barred, shoot the prisoners gig, that rocked and occasionally swung like crazy.
Jackie has the tonsils, the larynx to bring down the government - any government not to mention the walls of Jericho! I'm Beginning To See The Light, It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing - it didn't but it did have a momentum of its own. Georgia suggested a hint of mellowness and King of the Road reminded me that that was one of the better pop songs of the sixties. Get Happy made us feel just that!
There were problems with the system - piano too loud - but maybe that was because of my proximity to the stage. When we retreated to the bar the balance was better.
As well as standards a couple of my favourite sixties tunes were in there - The Kinks' Sunny Afternoon - surely worthy of an entry in the British version of the Gasbook and Feliciano's Light My Fire. Over The Rainbow was Judy G on a triple doze of uppers.
There was also Dylan and Queen along the way.
Bass player kept it together and Peter the drum played drums the way Premier drums should be played - with precision-like accuracy.
Ignore the negatives I loved it!
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