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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 July 24

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

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.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Jazz Café Jam

From the Central I boogied over to the Jazz Café Johnny B Goode still adding a spring to my step. Who, I wondered, would be in Keith's Kaff today?
Well there was Ian Forbes on drums, Alan Law at the piano and Paul Grainger clutching his bass as if it were his mistress. Stu Finden unwrapped his tenor and Fiona Littlewood - displaying Pink Lane chic in a rakish woolly hat got the show on the road with Bird's Now's The Time. Stu blew great tenor on this one. Close Your Eyes and Softly As In A Morning Sunrise followed - Fiona did good.
Next up was Tanya Fahey - a broth of a girl who also sings with the Newcastle University Big Band.
Tanya (pictured) did My Funny Valentine and Summertime producing some nice inflections that had a good jazz feel to them.
Fi returned for Love Me Or Leave Me. Why? I ask, does every girl singer these days do this tune so fast? The whole meaning of the lyric is lost.
It's a plaintive cry from the heart - not a Wham Bang Thank You Mam song!
However, Fiona redeemed herself with a brilliant There Is No Greater Love ably abetted by a guy called Paul who played some Djangolic guitar. Beautiful Love also scored heavily.
Gaby did All of Me and suddenly the hordes descended - Lindsay, Mark, Claire, Doug Fielder. I wanted to hear more but The Bridge beckoned so I bid farewell to Keith and wandered off into the night.
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