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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 Thursday September 19

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Alexito & Loco Machine - Revoluçion de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle NE1 1EE. Tel: 0191 917 7076. 6:00pm. Free.

Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Arc, Dovecot St., Stockton on Tees TS18 1LL. Tel: 01642 525199. 7:00pm. £12.00. + £0.10. bf. ‘Jazz & Tapas’ (booking essential). Guest: Alice Grace.

Bradley Johnston Quartet - St James' & St Basil's Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £8.00. (£4.00. student).

Sudden Jazz Quintet - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free (donations).

Eclectic - Tees Hot Club, Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9:00pm. Free. Rick Laughlin (keys); Alan Thompson, Dan Johnson, Sue Ferris, Josh Bentham (saxes); Ian Halford (drums).

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Blues/Soul/Funk

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

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Farewell Mike Gilby - you went out in style.

You can't really rate funerals as best ever but, if there was such a league table, today's send-off for multi instrumentalist Mike Gilby would certainly be high on the list.
Musicians, friends, fans and family gathered at Whitley Bay Cemetary/Crematoreum. In the current sub-zero climate this could have seemed like the coldest place on Earth but, given the warmth that was exuded twixt the gathered throng, it wasn't cold at all - well not very!.
As we awaited the arrival of the star, Graham Hardy - a former student of Mike's - played a long plaintive, melancholy, unaccompanied version of Days Of Wine And Roses. Somehow it seemed just so right.
Eulogies to Mike were read by his three children, Zoe, Scott and Mike and long time buddy Scott Adair. all four were overtaken by emotion and we respected them all the more for it - if you feel it don't try and hide it.
The formalities over, all adjourned to the Queens Head for drinks, buffet and music. If everyone there had brought their instruments it could have been the greatest big band session ever heard in the north-east!
As it was, Zoe, as was appropriate, kicked things off with Andy Champion on bass and Mark Williams on guitar. Zoe singing a slightly risque song that she assured us her dad would totally have approved of - and he would too!
Beginning to see the light/When Lights Are Low followed and all three performers were at their absolute best.
Graham Hardy, played a delightful Have You Met Miss Jones? and was just easing into Joyspring when I got a call from 'Head Office' which meant I had to leave just as the music was taking hold.
It was a great afternoon and it was with great reluctance that I said goodbye.
Mike wouldn't have been at all grumpy!
Lance.

1 comment :

Liz said...

Well Lance as you know I didn't know this gentleman of music, but your review was spot on, and I felt that "Days of Wine & Roses" was a wonderful choice, we can all identify with those words from our salad days, a great shame that you weren't able to stay
Liz.

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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