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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 Sunday August 18

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Rockafellas - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

East Coast Jazz Jam - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free.

Bradley Johnston Trio + Giles Strong Trio - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00.

Dan Garel & Friends - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm (doors). £6.00. (£3.00. student).

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

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Simon Spillett @ The Corner House

Simon Spillett (ten); Paul Edis (pno); Mick Shoulder (bs); Adam Sinclair (dms).
Phew! I forecast that this Jazz North East gig would be good and it was - was it not?!
Every saxophone player in the region should have been there - listening, learning, then going home to practice or maybe jump off the Tyne Bridge!
From the opening bars of Jerome Kern's No One But Me it jumped. Spillett cruised through the changes with a dexterity (and I use the word advisedly) that few saxists could match. Simply awesome.
Tubbs' Off The Wagon kept the temperature high before cooling down with Lalo Schifrin's The Right To Love played with a Stan Getz feel to it. Oleo, taken at approximately twice the speed of light, got the adrenalin going at the same tempo. The set finished with By Myself - Fred Astaire sang it in the movie The Bandwagon - he couldn't have danced to this version!
This was some gig and there was more to come.
A special mention for the Edis Trio who matched the star every bar of the way complementing his solos and shining brightly in their own right. Adam Sinclair in particular held the bridge firmly as the tenor-man fired both barrels at him without removing the Steve Brown-like smile off his face.
Apart from his playing Spillett has developed a Ronnie Scott/Alan Barnes/Humph style wit that kept the audience amused in between numbers.
A pint of Bombardier was called for after this!
Second set and we were off to Royal Ascot for a five furlong sprint that culminated with another blistering round of fours. Five furlong sprint? This was the Gold Cup!
More announcements not least being the complimentary mention of this blog! Thank you Simon.
Where Are You? and more sumptuous balladry before Dizzy's Tin Tin Deo and a final Cherokee put the lid on a magnificent evening.
Come December there will be other nights like this but they won't thrill me etc.....
I will say it again - Phew!
Lance.
PS: Catch the Paul Edis Trio at the Cherry Tree Restaurant, Jesmond on Monday Feb. 6.

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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