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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).


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 September 17



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 - 3:00pm. Free.



Acoustic Infusion with the Mighty Horns - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm). £5.00. Rick Laughlin & co.

Strictly Smokin’ Sessions - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 819845. 8:00pm. £4.00. Guest: Don Armstrong (reeds). Note earlier start.



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

Friday, December 31, 2010


As we approach the year end I'd like to take this opportunity of thanking all those who have helped us to knock up 100,616 page views (with 4 hours to go) this year.
So thank you Russell, Bill, Ann, Liz, Jerry, Roly, Colin, Brian B, Adrian, George, Sarah R, Miles, Tommy Henderson, Maurice Summerfield, Hil, LondonJazz, Ashington Jazz Club, and other contributers and advocates.
And to those who have yet to comment please throw away your inhibitions and make it one of your New Year's Resolutions for 2011 to let us have your thoughts.
PS: Apologies if I've overlooked anyone.


Roly said...

Thanks and all the best Lance.
Congratulations on what was a great idea in the first place and for bringing it to where it is now. Fantastic.

The LondonJazz site said...

Congrats and best wishes for '11Lance. You set the standard for the rest of us!

Robert Laing said...

Well done on the blog Lance, and all the best for the forthcoming year. I would also like to thank you for the recommended reading material for Xmas that you suggested to my other/better half. She duly followed your advice and it has been invaluable and interesting reading while I have been recovering from swine flu over the last week or so. Thanks again.

Liz said...

All the best Lance, you know my sentiments, you do have one helluva site here...well done & power to your elbow in the coming year

Ann Alex said...

Lance, Thanks for the appreciation, I enjoy the writing I do for the blog. Perhaps by next year the blog will be internationally famous, or is it already?

Lance said...

Well Ann, Ned Kelly's Last Stand in Hong Kong isn't exactly Tyne and Wear and nor is New Jersey or New York. We also have links with sites in Sweden and Switzerland as well as a couple of ex-pats in Brittany so I guess we are internationally known if not quite famous.

SR said...

Very miserably down with a chest infection, I cheered myself up to come on here for my daily feed. I wish you a very healthy and very interesting new year for your writing implement, Labour o' love Lance, Sarah.

Lance said...

Sarah, I've just returned early from the Jazz Café for the very same reason. I too am chestified and taking doses of Well's Bombadier to combat it.
There seems to be a bug going round - that easy excuse people roll out for any ailment!

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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.
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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.)
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