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Bill Reglein (JJ Babbitt m/pieces): "We made this mouthpiece for Eddie Harris. He played tenor sax and trumpet. He played in some pretty rough bars. The story goes that he was afraid he'd get in a fight and get his teeth knocked out. He figured that if even that happened he could still play tenor. So, the request came in, 'Can I get a reed mouthpiece for my trumpet?' the company made exactly one." - (DownBeat October 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 Monday September 23

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

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

Thursday, February 24, 2011

If You Gotta Get a Dep Get the Best

Olive Rudd (vcl); Ray Harley (tpt); Herbie Hudson (tmb/vcl/hca); Jim McBriarty (clt/sop/vcl); George Richardson (pno); Alan Rudd (bs); Mike Humble (dms).
One thing about regular gigs is that you go there expecting the expected and, sometimes, you get the unexpected!
For the last couple of weeks trumpet ace Ray Harley has been awol. Today, however, Ray was back and blowing with an 'Armageddon's coming let me get there first' intensity. Malcolm wasn't at the keys this week but George Richardson was!
George is a superb player who buried himself for years in the Gosforth Park Hotel and it was a delight to hear him with the Maine Street boys.
To draw a comparision, it was akin to when Joe Bushkin replaced George Zack with the Spanier Ragtimers. Both great players just totally different styles.
Olive sang Blue Skies, Keeping Out of Mischief Now, Some of These Days.
The band impressed on Clarinet Marmalade, Jim sang Nobody's Sweetheart and Herbie sang everything else including Blueberry Hill which segued into Bucket's Got a Hole in it. This may or may not have been an indirect reference to events on the northside where the Bell and Bucket pub have begun a Thursday afternoon affair with the Brothers Rae+2.
The rhythm section at Rosie's were lighter than usual and there was a comfortable cool feel behind the dixie frontline.
It was a good session and George I think is back next week.
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.
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