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Bebop Spoken There

Sting: "It was great. They [the River City Jazzmen] all wore blue suits. The band had been together for about twenty years, which was the same age as the suits." - (Melody Maker Sept. 22, 1979).

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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 Monday October 21

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.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:00pm/5:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

Evening

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Sunday, October 02, 2011

Nick Pride & The Pimptones @ Hoochie Coochie

Nick Pride (gtr/vcl); Ian Paterson (bs); Oscar Cassidy(dms); Keith Nicholson (tpt); John Wheeler (ten); Susan Hamilton (vcl).
Horses For Courses was the expression that sprang to mind as The Pimptones sent the crowded Hoochie Coochie into orbit with their brand of jazz/funk/soul/blues - with even a splash of hip hop. The cool dudes in their slick grey suits looked and sounded perfectly in tune with their young(ish) audience and band and venue was truly a match made in heaven  (or thereabouts).
On tenor, John Wheeler (depping for or replacing David Wilde?) had no problem getting to grips with the music if not the choreography - he blew some blistering solos. Likewise Keith Nicholson - I'd like to hear him on a pure jazz gig sometime. Leader Nick played some earthy blues and sang some too. Ian Paterson provided the fuel in the cellar whilst Oz Cassidy, who I thought was Adam Sinclair until I saw Adam Sinclair standing next to me at the bar!, drove things along ensuring nobody slept.
The icing on the cake was Susan Hamilton who belted it out like Tina Turner - impressed.
As an encore the boys jammed to a couple of voiceover tracks that kept the adrenalin (and the London Pride) flowing.
Come back soon.
Lance.
PS: The band's current CD - Midnight Feast of Jazz will be reviewed here soon.

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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