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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 July 22

Afternoon

Jazz

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

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.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Gerry Richardson Quartet @ The Cherry Tree Restaurant.

Gerry Richardson (pno); Garry Linsley (alt); Neil Harland (bs); Paul Smith (dms). The Cherry Tree was crowded tonight - it was Graduation Night.
Graduation Night it may have been for some but the members of the Gerry Richardson Quartet graduated with Hons. many years ago and tonight proved they had lost none of their skills - and nor had the chef. The Peppered Squid with Bury Black Pudding, Broad Beans, Rocket and Parsley Pesta was as piquant as Steve Kuhn's Chicken Feathers played with an infectious Latin beat.
A Train and Just Squeeze Me were a couple of more familiar numbers that provided the virtual sauce to my Wallington Estates Rump Steak, Marmite and Peppermint Butter, with French Fries and Watercress - appropriately, both pieces were by Ellington for indeed this was truly Ducal fare! Oh! and yes - Marmite never tasted like this before!
The room was heating up and Gerry managed the impossible trick of removing his jacket without missing a beat - well not many!
I was tempted to try and do the same whilst eating my British Strawberry, Eton Mess, and Rosewater - ordered upon the waitresses recommendation - but decided it wasn't worth the risk of spilling this most enjoyable dessert. The final number was very applicable - How Sweet It Is!
The quartet swung and grooved. This was Gerry in Jools mood. He threw in a couple of vocals but the P.A. didn't do him any favours.
Garry blew, with apparent lack of effort, some scintillating choruses. If Canteloupe had been on the menu his take on the island of that name would have had everyone eating Canteloupe!
Paul and Neil - as dependable a duo as you'll find.
Shame there wasn't room for a small dance floor as tonight's combo would have had them crowding the floor.
Also enjoyed the company of Brian and Sheena Chester.
Finally, a special thank you to the Head (?) Waitress for giving me a pen without which these notes could not have been written!
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