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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, September 03, 2010

Maine Street Jazzmen @ Ashington Jazz Club Wed. Sept 1.

The Club came alive with the sound of music on Wednesday with our genre of good Jazz presented to us by Herbie Hudson’s Maine Street Jazzmen plus the ever effervescent Olive.
On hearing the first bar of music we realized it was to be a great evening and throughout, the audience of 50 responded enthusiastically to each melody and individual solo performance.
The rhythm section of Alan Rudd, ably assisted by Scotty Adair and supported on keyboard by Malcolm Armstrong, was brilliant and the interplay between all three musicians demonstrated the excellent understanding they had with each other and the good time they were having.
The front line of Jim McBriarty , Ray Harley and Herbie blended together in absolute harmony creating sympathetic and exciting improvisations richly deserving the adoration which followed each performance.The inimitable Olive sang energetically with humour in her pleasing style and personality when introducing new numbers to us with How'd ya like to love me and How could you leave me now, to name a few. A poignant moment came during the bands rendition of Buddy Bolden’s Blues when Herbie made reference to Jackie Denton (RIP) during the lyrics. We remember Jackie as a good friend of this Club in our early years with the River City Jazzmen. The members applauded this tribute.
Other tunes in a varied repertoire were as follows :-Nobody’s Sweetheart, Buddy’s Habits, Blue Skies, Moose March, Louisiana , You Can Depend On Me, Is it True What They Say About Dixie, Darktown Strutters Ball, Just a Little While, That’s a Plenty, Jackass Blues, South Rampart Street Parade, a Japanese number which I can’t spell (Nagasaki?) and Bourbon Street Parade.
A final comment from a member at the end of the night was “It doesn’t get much better than this” and we would all agree to that. It is so obvious that this popular and active group work so well together and enjoy each others company. Their energy and enthusiasm relates directly to an appreciative audience. Long may it continue.
Peter S.

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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