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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 Tuesday July 16

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

Gala Big Band w. ALAN BARNES: Strictly Come BRASSing - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £15.00. (£12.00. concs.). A Durham Brass Festival event.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc. raffle). RCJ with Don Armstrong (clarinet, saxophone, penny whistle, vocals).

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SOLD OUT!

Zoe Rahman & Laura MacDonald - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192.. 8:00pm. £12.00. (£10.00. concs.). JNE.

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Northern Monkey Brass Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

CD Review. Curtis Stigers - Let's go Out Tonight.

Curtis Stigers has been, and still is, many things. There was the rock and roll icon, the jazz singer/saxophone player and latterly the crooner on The Proms cosying up to his "legit" contemporaries. With Stigers what you see isn't always what you get!
This latest CD, for me, shows off his voice at its best. The slow, husky croak of a man who isn't tired of life but maybe just a little bit blasé. He's not Tom Waits but he isn't Frank either. Comparisons could be drawn with Sinatra's Only The Lonely  - the same feeling of sadness prevails.
However, Stigers is of a different generation and his choice of songs include ones from the pens of such post gasbook poets as Bob Dylan (Things Have Changed), Eddie Floyd (Oh How It Rained), Jeff Tweedy (You Are Not Alone), Neil Finn (Into Temptation), Stevie Earle (Goodbye), David Poe (Every One Loves Lovers) and Blue Nile's Let's Go Out Tonight. It's very listenable and ideal Wee Small Hours material - particularly if you've had a fall-out with your woman and failed to find solace in the arms of the recently divorced housewife next door but one - a hypothetical situation I hasten to add!
Curtis doesn't play much, if any, sax but there are some nice Miles/Chet trumpet obligatos and even a touch of Bubber Miley from an unnamed player (on my copy).
In many ways Curtis reminds me of  Madeleine Peyroux  inasmuch as, by mid album, a variation of tempo would have been a nice change from the superb but sometimes monotonous rhythm..
Nevertheless, it is well done and the tracks on the CD are very listenable although not necessarily in one go. I'm sure many of these same numbers will be appreciated by the crowd when he reprises them at the Sage Gateshead International Jazz Festival on March 25 which just happens to be the day before the album's.official release on March 26 although it can be pre-ordered on Amazon £8.99 post free.
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