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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 August 19

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.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Saturday Evening.

NYJO - National Youth Jazz Orchestra.
What a cracking straight down the middle set of big band jazz. Superb arrangements and tremendous soloists - jazz lives as long as these guys (and gals) are around. Tenor player Nadim Tiemoori had a great ride on Hush by Nikki Iles; Callum Au impressed with his trombone solo on Bill - a swingy Mark Nightingale arrangement and Reuben Fowler drew deeply into the emotional bag with Kenny Wheeler's take on Embraceable You.
These were but a few of the highlights with vocalist Emma Smith adding a few more on That Old Black Magic, That Old Devil Moon and If I Had You.
A band that can hold its head high in any company.
Mina Agossi Trio - Mina Agossi (vcl); Stephane Guery (gtr); Eric Jacot (bs) + special guest Sue Richardson (tpt).
Another, mainly, French importation showcasing the incredible Mina who simply exudes orgasmic vitality as she bounces around the stage. I never thought I'd hear the old Jimmy Dorsey, Bob Eberly, Helen O'Connell number Green Eyes sung quite like this - and in French! The Waters of March - compelling, head-banging jazz was how a neighbour described it.
Sanity was resumed for a while when Sue Richardson joined the trio to blow some cool trumpet on There's a Lull in my Life.
Sue hung around and, after a blistering blues they went into The Saints! These were no ordinary Saints Marching in - they were the Devil Incarnate as it erupted into a near Free Form finale.
I needed a pint of Festival Bitter after that!
David Rees-Williams Trio - Rees-Williams (pno/org); Phil Laslett (dms); Neil Francis (bs).
This was to have been Jacques Louissier but the Frenchman isn't in good health so David Rees-Williams stepped in and proved to be a worthy replacement.
Handel, Purcell, Wesley, Ravel and, of course, Bach were given the respectful treatment they deserved before being gently ushered into improvisational mode. Somewhere along the way Autumn Leaves appeared and all in all it was a good set.
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