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Mark Walker: "A drummer in a big band is always happy. It's like driving a big bus." - (Downbeat, August 2019)

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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.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

STOP PRESS: JAZZ TRUMPETER GETS NEW TEETH - Maine Street Jazzmen @ Rosie Malone's.

Ray Harley and his trumpet were missing from the line-up this week, as he was away getting new teeth. I certainly hope it goes well.
And the gig went really well and I had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. The band was joined by a guest, Mike Bird from Wakefield, and what a whizz he was on the clarinet! I arrived to the strains of I’m Beginning to see the Light, one of our songs from The Sage class, so I felt at home straightaway.
Then Olive stepped up in great voice to Lock her Heart and Throw Away the Key. Mike Bird struck up with Creole Love Call, accompanied by effective sweet insistent notes played on the piano and good work from the trombone and the other clarinet. Indiana and a very bluesy Basin Street followed. I was thinking that the bass should have a solo; the band must have read my mind for, lo and behold, there was a bass solo during Nobody’s Sweetheart Now. I like the humorous songs that this band does and today was no exception, with Take off Your Skin and Dance Around in Your Bones (ie what to do when it gets to hot for dancing!). Other tunes in the second half included China Boy (with a piano and clarinet duet); and My Girl Sal. Olive’s songs were of special interest to me after my own jazz singing efforts. I watched as she calmly indicated timings to the band, and gave looks and nods to show arrangements with such ease. She did a lively I Got Rhythm; a spirited I Double Dare You; and rounded off proceedings with Bourbon Street Parade. And you get all this good music and singing free of charge!
Ann Alex.

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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