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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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Monday, October 25, 2010

Zoe Gilby - Splinter @ The Bridge

Zoe Gilby (vcl), Mark Williams (gtr), Graham Hardy (tpt), Andy Champion (bs), Richard Brown (dms).
I've heard Zoe many times over the past couple of years. Sometimes she was good, other times she was very good but tonight - tonight she was triple triple very good!
The voice, the stage presence, the rapport with the audience and, most importantly, the empathy with her fellow musicians all seems to have come together resulting in a performance worthy of Hall One at The Sage although I think the intimate atmosphere in the upper room at The Bridge is near perfect for her hands on approach.
The gig being part of Zoe's promotional tour it wasn't surprising that most of the songs came from the recently released Looking Glass CD and every one was a gem.
From the opening No More Blues to the final, up-tempo, That Old Black Magic the feelgood factor was there. Time After Time, May I Come In, the Champion/Gilby composition Your Words were some of the others that were all done to perfection.
The band were with her all the way - Mark Williams, cool and laid back, Andy rock solid, Richard Brown swinging things along...
Then there was Graham Hardy!
Depping for Noel Dennis, Graham played some of the most imaginative trumpet I've heard in recent times. His own band, Horn Dogs, are next week's featured group at The Bridge

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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