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Giovanni Guidi: "So many jazz albums today are all original compositions, and five minutes after the record is finished, you can't remember a single song. I think it's a problem." - (JazzTimes Oct. 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.

Friday October 18

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Classic Swing - Jesmond Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Avenue, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3EX. Tel: 0191 281 0736. 1:00pm. Free.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things - Forum Cinema, Market Place, Hexham NE46 1XF. Tel: 01434 601144. 7:00pm. £8.30. - £5.80. Film (2019, 89 mins) directed by Leslie Woodhead. Swing Bridge Trio in Café Bar following screening.

Dave O’Higgins & Colin Oxley - Great Broughton Village Hall, Ingleby Road, Great Broughton TS9 7ER. 7:30pm. £20.00. ‘O’Higgins & Oxley Play Monk & ‘Trane’. Oxley replaces Rob Luft.

Paul Taylor - Ushaw College, Durham DH7 7DW. Tel: 0191 334 5119. 7:30pm. Free (donations). An Ushaw Piano Festival event.

Jazz Lads - Saltburn Cricket Club, Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn TS12 1HJ. Tel: 01287 622761. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Guisborough Big Band - Saltburn Golf Club, Guisborough Road, Saltburn TS12 1NJ. Tel: 01287 622812. Time TBC.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. Time 8:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

Blues/Soul etc.

Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

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

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Super Sunday. Jazz Café Jam

Lindsay Hannon, Gaby, Fiona Littlewood, (vcl), Pete Giliigan (pno), Alan Law (pno) Stu Findon (bs), Matt Office (gtr).
Stepping into the Jazz Café is, in many ways, stepping back in time. The place exudes history and you are taken back to a magical time when - I believe - the world was a better place. Maybe it wasn't...
The Pink Lane venue doesn't book the Courtney Pines of this world although, if CP were in town the chances are he'd drop by for a blow after his gig. No, the Jazz Café is the way things were when we (me!) were young.
The audience is young and student based the only difference is they no longer wear Duffle Coats.
They talk and chat and that's okay. If somebody blows something good enough they'll shut up.
Lindsay caught them tonight with Body and Soul. You could have heard a knicker drop!
Alongside the blonde bombshell was a new face on the scene - Luke Phillips - who fluted his wayround the changes. It was a tough trip but he made it scoring (Clifford) Brownie Points. Earlier, Luke had blown some funky choruses on a Summertime sequence - keep a look out for Luke!
Lindsay was in superb voice today and her take on You've Changed drew on every nuance of this wonderful ballad - The sparkle in your eyes is gone tells it all.
Gaby strutted her Teutonic charm around God Bless the Child and Like Someone in Love and Fiona did nice things to Yardbird Suite and There is no Greater Love.
Pete Gilligan kept it all together moving from piano to drums when Alan Law put done his tenor case and took over on keys! Sax player Stu Findon was, of course, playing bass. On top of the music there are the insults from the Maitré D' (to me) - "That shirt must have been a Xmas present!"
When he doesn't insult you is the time to worry - means you're off the A list!
More excellence over at The Bridge where Alter Ego blew up a storm. However, still slightly feeling the effects of the past week's Ague I left at halftime - no reflection on the music which will be dealt with by Russell.
Lance.

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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.
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Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance