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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).

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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 September 16

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.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Lickety Split on The Concourse @ The Sage.

Eddie Bellis (tmb); John Hudson (ten); Alan Marshall (alt); Kevin Eland (tpt); Bill Brittan (pno); Alan Rudd (bs gtr); Roy Willis (gtr);  Paul Wight (dms).
Eddie Bellis can frequently be seen at The Sage selling icecream, cd's etc. you name it Eddie has sold it. However, tonight he was moonlighting at the same venue with his new band Lickety Split.
I'd heard good reports about the band and I'm pleased to say they weren't unfounded.
First impression was of 1950's West Coast reminiscent of the old Shorty Rogers sides.
Things moved up a gear with Four announced as a Miles tribute but Eland's solo wasn't Miles it was Fats Navarro and that is fine by me!
Marshall, on alto, had a Bud Shank/early Art sound whilst Hudson blew some nice boppy tenor.
Eland came to the fore again on Midnight Oil - a L'il Darlin' clone - that was as smooth and delicious as the title indicated.
Bellis nodded towards the season with a few Christmassy things including an inovative Silent Night, White Christmas and the final Have Yourself a Merry Little Xmas which was a sumptuous arrangement that made for a nice finish.
It was a good gig although I would guess this wasn't the ideal setting. Still they are pros's and did a good job.
It wasn't the Gig of the Year by a country mile but it was still very enjoyable and I look forward to catching them again.
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