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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.

Monday, November 15, 2010

VOTNJO - Simply The Best!

John Warren (cond/comp/arr), Stan Sulzmann (ten/comp/arr), Graham Hardy, Shaun Eland, Gary Nicholas, Jonny Dunn (tpts), Alex Leathard, Chris Hibbard, Keith Norris, Caroline Norris (tmbs). Andy Bennett (alt/clt), Rod Mason (alt), Graeme Wilson (ten), Sue Ferris (ten/flt), Niall Armstrong (bar).
Paul Edis (pno), Andy Champion (bs), Mark Williams (gtr), Adrian Tilbrook (dms).
If a Splinter gig never gets any better than this then I won't complain. If you missed it well that's your misfortune and I'm sure that those who packed out the Bridge will never stop telling you about it.
Difficult to single out any one piece or person but, for me, the killer moment was Stan Sulzmann playing Ruby My Dear. The Monk tune seemed to dig down into my soul as Sulzmann explored it from top to bottom - inside and out - every which way. Sumptuous, I wanted everyone I loved to be called Ruby.
Should also mention Jonny Dunn's trumpet work - really impressive new kid on the block.
The band were on top form skating through the arrangements as though they were Noddy's first Lesson!
Believe you me they weren't! John Warren deserves to be ranked alongside Gil Evans and Stan's weren't bad either!
Incredible charts brilliantly executed by a fantastic band - what else can I say?
Lance
PS: If there was a downside it was the noisy party sitting at the front - they spoiled it for everyone - themselves included if they but knew it!

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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