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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.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

A day in the life of a ...

...... Derby Day - that dreaded day in the calender when the soccer teams of Sunderland and Newcastle confront each other in a sporting fixture. The "game" had started at noon (how appropriate!) and I knew that it had ended in a 1 - 1 draw with both sets of hooligans - sorry I meant fans - claiming moral victory.
Sorry if I seem less than enthusiastic about the Beautiful Game, because it is beautiful, 'cept...the fans do  nothing to promote that image
Like I got on the bus and the driver told me to be careful where I sat as a passenger had "Spewed up". Now here I am being presumptive and it may have actually been the local Priest OD-ing on the Communion wine rather than a fan who'd been watching it in the pub.
Even in the Jazz Café drunks had infiltrated - hopefully they enjoyed the superb bebop lines that Gilligan/Forbes and Grainger laid down.
I made my way to the Bridge Hotel, thankful of a strong police presence on the street. Even here, in the bar, it was like open day at The Asylum and I was thankful for the sanctity of the upper room where the James Mainwaring Quartet (James Mainwaring (tenor sax); Nik Svarc (guitar); Michael Bardon (bass); Joost Hendricks (drums)had travelled up from Leeds to perform for another pitifully small number of enthusiasts.
However, given the conditions outside, perhaps the poor attendance can be understood.
This is a hard blowing combo that pushes the boundaries without breaking them. Mainly original material - significantly mixed with a Joe Henderson tune - Mainwaring blows paint-stripping tenor not unlike some of Henderson's work whilst Svarc's guitar playing is from the same genre perhaps tarred with a coat of Methany. For a small band they get a big sound  worthy of a bigger audience.
I only stayed for the first set but that was no reflection on the music more the desire for a safe passage home!
Photos.
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