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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).

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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 Saturday September 14

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see above).

Tees Valley Jazzmen - The Merry Monk, 30 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1:00pm. £2.00. Pub adjacent to Bishop Auckland Town Hall.

Evening

Paper Moon Trio - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Blues/Funk/Soul

Lewis Hamilton Band - Cluny, Lime Street, Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel: 0191 230 4474. 8:00pm. £5.00. (adv). Blues.

Mitch Laddie Band - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. Tel: 0191 284 0490. 8:30pm. Free. Blues.

The Panthers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Monday, October 25, 2010

Zoe Gilby Splinter @ The Bridge - Take 2.

It's surely not a good idea to cross swords with the blogmaster but, as self-appointed Fashion Editor of BSH, I must protest at the photo of Zoe in his review. The photo does nothing to convey the mixture of glamour and confident friendliness that Zoe and the band projected. Other women singers I've seen usually don't chat much, but Zoe's tales of Travel Lodge adventures, at London, Ipswich etc. were interesting and amusing.
In the two years that I've been listening to jazz seriously, this gig was definitely one of the best. There was certainly No More Blues after the singing began and Zoe gave a 100% to the audience, with adventurous timings in the songs, and a voice with a massive range and wonderfully handled high notes. I especially liked the tender song of love for 7 year old Eleanor; the Tom Waits spiritual Way Down In The Hole (sung with just Andy on bass, how romantic to be able to do music with your fiancé); the heartfelt 'Round Midnight; and the fun of Some Cats Know. For this last number Zoe wisely stopped singing to let the band finish the number with cat-like calls and howls even though the 'cats' Zoe sang about weren't of the feline variety!
The band were great and Lance has covered that aspect of the gig so I've left that to him.
Meanwhile you can all relive the evening with the CD Looking Glass. Great stuff.
Ann Alex.
PS: More photos - this time some from Richard - a friend of Zoe and Andy.

2 comments :

Lance said...

My dear Ann, I'll have you know that the black and white photo you refer to was taken to re-create the mood of 'Round Midnight. Bleak, lonely and poignant. Full of broken dreams and stark realism.
However, to appease you, I have added a coloured picture to your otherwise excellent article.
Your P45's in the post.
Lance.

Russell said...

Hi Lance

Two things...1)What nonsence is this - 'Fashion Editor'? 2)I agree with the 'Fashion Editor' that the photograph doesn't do Zoe justice. That said, the poignancy of Round Midnight does explain the rather stark black and white image except that your review failed to set in context the dedication of the tune to Paul Gamblin. Well, Ann, I guess I can expect my P45 is the post.

Russell

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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.

Submissions for review

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