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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.

Until July 21

Today Monday July 15

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

Mnozil Brass: Cirque - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 0300 266 600. 7:30pm. £23.00. (£19.00. concs.). A Durham Brass Festival event.

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 Sunday Evening

Tommy Evans Orchestra - The Green Seagull -Evans (cond/comp); Kari Bleivik, Ruby Wood, Anna Stott(vcl); Matt Roberts, Simon Beddoe (tpt/flug); Russell Henderson, Simon Kaylor, Rob Mitchell (reeds); Nick Tyson (gtr); Jamil Sheriff (pno); Dave Kane (bs); Kris Wright (dms).
The programme notes described this as "A suite inspired by the life of the composer's uncle, David Partridge. Commissioned by the Marsden Jazz Festival, this 90-minute piece conjures up Partridge's passion, humour, eccentricity and hope..."
Performed in two 45 minute sets this musical Tour de Force explored every nook and cranny of the jazz canon. At times explorative and brooding whilst painting a picture of Loss or Homelessness whilst at other times dramatically re-creating a Car Crash in Seatbelt. In full flight, the orchestra is awesome, the choir wordlessly blending with the horns. Powerful solos by the saxes and trumpets - Simon Kaylor wild beyond belief on tenor. Russell Henderson, not unknown in the north-east, pushing his alto into the great unknown and returning unscathed, Rob Mitchell doing similar things and the trumpets both going for it and getting it.
The whole caboodle composed and directed by the nodding dog like figure of Evans - his baton a bottle of Bud!
This wasn't the music of tomorrow, it was the music of the day after that and further - Wowability factor high!
Time for more Festival Bitter!
Alan Barnes and William Ellis On Stage. Barnes (alt/ten/talking); Ellis (talking); Bruce Adams (tpt); Dave Newton (pno); Andy Cleyndert (bs); Steve Brown (dms).
As compere and musician Alan Barnes popped up here, there and everywhere - I even shared a cliff lift descent with him! - but tonight was different. Not only was he playing with his peers but also chatting with jazz photographer William Ellis on Ellis' photos before the band took off a piece related to the photo.
So, we had All Blues (Miles); Woody 'n' You (Dizzy); Quicksilver (Horace Silver); Robbin's Nest (Sir Charles Thompson); Speak No Evil (Wayne Shorter); A Pint of Bitter (Clark Terry).
It was entertaining, the music was great and the perfect end to the Ninth Scarborough Jazz Festival.
Next year's 3 day Festival starts on Sept 28, 2012. I've got it in my diary already!
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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Lance