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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.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Frith St NE1 @ The Cherry Tree.

Zita Frith (vcl); Lloyd Wright (gtr); Phil Richardson (pno); Ian Paterson (bs); David Francis (dms).
The Way You Look Tonight was the perfect opener for Ms Frith who looked sensational in a mini-dress with a hemline only slightly lower than the ceiling! She sounded good too despite some teething problems with the balance.
A good selection of standards, many of which were heard on the band's previous visit, provided the perfect complement to my Hot Smoked Salmon, Radish, Apple Puree, Wood Sorrel starter.
I was in fish mode tonight and I opted for Whole Grilled Plaice, Brown Shrimp, Cockles, Samphire, Sea Spinach which was delicious but, pleb that I am, I'm not into D.I.Y filleting and it was finicky - back to steak for my next visit.
The set closed with a spirited version of The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy From Company B complete with a Reveille blast by guitarist Wright. Lloyd was hot all night and pianist Richardson too had his moments in the sun.
Last week I wallowed in the succulence of the British Strawberry Eton Mess in Rosewater and I saw no reason to change. It was as sensuous as Zita's Choo Choo 'Ch'Boogie done as slowly and evocatively as Louis Jordan's original wasn't. Both versions work.
More sensuality on Loverman as well as great solos from piano and guitar.
Bass and drums held it all together and the final Lullaby of Birdland finished off an enjoyable evening. Not 100% jazz but close enough.
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