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John Pizzarelli: "I couldn't be singing "Lush Life" at 20. I hadn't even had a beer." - (DownBeat Nov. 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 Wednesday October 16

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Jazz

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Book review: Johnny Lonely by Pete Tanton.

When I heard that trumpet player Pete Tanton was also a published author my first thought was that he can't be as good a writer as he is a trumpet player but - lo and behold - thanks to an unexpected Christmas present, I find he is just that - maybe more.
Johnny Lonely is a quite compelling tale of a teenage wannabee trying to find his place in the world of American entertainment.
As the title implies 'Johnny' real name Hughie is an introvert adolescent virgin who goes through a series of traumas and situations trying to find himself in a world that is alien to his music, his work ethic and confused approach to life. It is, at times, hilariously funny - like watching a drunk fall over, the blurb says - yet it is also sad and whilst we're laughing at him we're also feeling for him and sharing his various humiliations and perhaps feeling a little guilty about laughing.
In places it reminds me of J.D.Salinger and The Catcher in the Rye and there are also hints of Steinbeck but, overall, this is a helluva piece of original writing that was a worthy winner of The Tonto Press New Novelist Contest of 2007.
How do I know he was a worthy winner?
I was one of the 'Also-rans' who graciously concedes defeat!
Lance. Available from Amazon.
ISBN-10: 0955218365 ISBN-13: 978-0955218361

1 comment :

Russell said...

Hi Lance

I too read Pete Tanton's novel over the holiday period.It is a light,comic read,the plot preposterous yet just about plausible. A ''good read'' as they say.

Russell

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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