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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 Thursday September 19

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Alexito & Loco Machine - Revoluçion de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle NE1 1EE. Tel: 0191 917 7076. 6:00pm. Free.

Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Arc, Dovecot St., Stockton on Tees TS18 1LL. Tel: 01642 525199. 7:00pm. £12.00. + £0.10. bf. ‘Jazz & Tapas’ (booking essential). Guest: Alice Grace.

Bradley Johnston Quartet - St James' & St Basil's Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £8.00. (£4.00. student).

Sudden Jazz Quintet - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free (donations).

Eclectic - Tees Hot Club, Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9:00pm. Free. Rick Laughlin (keys); Alan Thompson, Dan Johnson, Sue Ferris, Josh Bentham (saxes); Ian Halford (drums).

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Blues/Soul/Funk

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

Monday, March 19, 2012

Bill Harper Trio @ The Cherry Tree Restaurant, Jesmond.

Bill Harper (pno); Neil Harland (bs); Adam Sinclair (dms).
Bill Harper, once the linchpin of Jazz North East's house trio and now domiciled in France, made a welcome trip home reminding us, in the process, of his jazz chops.
This was ably demonstrated at Blaydon last Thursday and again tonight at the Cherry Tree.
In deference to our "Honorary Frenchman" I opted to start with the French Bistro Salad.
I'm not sure what was in this culinary delight 'cept it bore no resemblance to any English salad - Bistro or not - that I've ever tasted! I detected a suggestion of pear and there may have been some celeriac related components. I wasn't sure.
Meanwhile, up on stage Bill Harper was playing Autumn Leaves. The literal French translation, he informed us was Dead Leaves - Bingo! I'd found the missing ingredients.
They sounded good 'neath Bill's deft fingers and tasted good on the end of a fork.
Next up was Makin' Whoopee with a great descending passage in the left hand whilst playing the melody with the right hand.
I too was makin' lots of whoopee with my Soy Braised Duck Leg and Coconut Rice - man the flesh just fell away from the bone. I felt sad - she must have been a lovely duck.
We'll Be Together Again, Anthropology, Night and Day and Ain't Misbehavin' were right on the money although I was puzzled at Ain't Misbehavin' for a birthday request.
I misbehaved disgustingly as I wolfed down my Warm Chocolate Nemesis - I defy anyone to just nibble at this confectionery masterpiece.
The music, needless to say, was everything I expected. If anything, Bill had upped his game since Blaydon and that was a pretty high bar to raise. Neil and Adam slotted in as if they'd been playing together with Bill all of their lives when in fact tonight was the first time Bill had played with Adam.
Another good one with the Lewis Watson Quartet to follow next Monday.
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