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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.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

CD Review: Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra - "Emergence"

Scotland has long been a fertile embryo for young jazz musicians and that tradition is maintained in the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra. Smith, himself a former young wunderkind, has honed his troops into an organisation that can hold its own at any level as this disc proves.
There is a nice mix of traditional big band swing in the form of Ellington's In a Mellow Tone, Take The A Train and Mood Indigo; Sammy Nestico's Hayburner and Moten Swing; Bob Mintzer's arrangement of Mile's Joshua and Pino Lodice's take on The Flintstones.
Steely Dan's Black Friday, Astor Piazzolla' new style tango Michel Angelo and of course an original by the leader, Numbers, move into slightly more contemporary areas. The latter number features Joe Wright on tenor and it says much for his playing that I had to check the album to ascertain that it wasn't the leader taking the solo!
However, it's unfair to single out soloists - they all perform with distinction - but what is worthy of special mention is the beautiful blend the saxes get in the ensemble passages; precise yet without loss of warmth - this is what I call a sax section.
Release date is Feb. 6. More details from www.spartacusrecords.com or www.tsyjo.com.
Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra - Emergence. Sparticus STS016.
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