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Barry Harris (in 1981): "There is not one place in the world that you can find more jazz musicians from than Detroit." - (DownBeat, September 2019).

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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 Saturday August 17

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see above).

Newcastle Jazz Festival - Tyne Bank Brewery, Walker Road, Newcastle NE6 2AB. Tel: 0191 265 2828. £15.00. All day event, line-up:

Zoë Gilby & Andy Champion (1:30pm)

Alan Law Trio (2:40pm)

Mark Williams Trio (3:50pm)

Emma Fisk & James Birkett (5:00pm)

(Evening)

Alexander Bone (6:15pm)

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band (7:45pm).

Blues/Funk/Soul

King Snake - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Customs House Big Band Open Rehearsal New Crown Hotel South Shields Tuesday Feb. 7.

Baby it was cold outside but the temperature inside the New Crown was tropical as usual! Coming in from the cold we heard a work out on Benny Golson's Whisper Not and, a new to me, Gordon Goodwin's Hunting With Wabbits, it appeared that the sax section's fingers never left their hands but at that speed I couldn't swear to it.
The concert set, sans Ruth Lambert, kicked off with Blue Bossa followed by a Mike Gilbey arrangement of My Foolish Heart featuring Michael Lamb on the poor man's flugel horn (trumpet with bucket mute). Nestico's laid back arrangement of On The Sunny Side Of The Street followed and then we were On Green Dolphin Street. Kevin Eland soloed on a tune called Blue and had the hairs on the back of my neck standing up (does anyone want to have my trumpet before I put it on ebay?) the set was rounded off with Killer Joe. In the old jive parlance the night was a “killer diller”. The band goes from strength to strength, all the soloists are good and the section work first class. This band are not to be missed by any lover of big band music.
Their next gigs are March 3  at Sunderland, March 6 open rehearsal South Shields, March 8 Blaydon Jazz Club and March 30 at the Customs House, get there.
Miles.  

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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