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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.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Raul Malo and the Northern Sinfonia - The Sage, Gateshead, Summertyne American Festival.

I'd left my jazz hat in the back room of the Central Bar so no conflicting interests here. Instead I primed myself to enjoy a rather unique coupling - that of Raul Malo, former lead singer with The Mavericks, and the Northern Sinfonia.
It occurred to me that my mother (Madame Annie Rankin LRAM, ALCM, LLCM) may be turning in her grave at the thought of her beloved Sinfonia in such a setting - she preferred Grand Opera to Grand Ol' Opry! However, I'm sure that once she'd heard the lush string sounds emanating from the orchestra she may have given a qualified nod of approval!
The term Americana covers a very wide musical spectrum Cajun, Country, Appalachian, Gospel, Soul, Jazz, Blues and countless other sub-genre and tonight was most definitely Country.
Opening up with Indian Love Call (fortunately without any Slim Whitmanesque yodelling) we were at once taken by the rich timbre of Malo's voice. A tango followed then The Everly's Let It Be, Eddy Arnold's Make The World Go Away and La Vie En Rose with the sweeping strings in Mantovani mode.
Besame Mucho had the ladies sighing as Raul crooned "Kiss me again, Besame Mucho..."
More country followed until, eventually, we were on our feet applauding and Dancing The Night Away.
Special mention here of the unnamed accordionist who helped add a touch of authenticity to the proceedings.
So it wasn't jazz - it was still an enjoyable evening. Must broaden my horizons more often!
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