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Bill Reglein (JJ Babbitt m/pieces): "We made this mouthpiece for Eddie Harris. He played tenor sax and trumpet. He played in some pretty rough bars. The story goes that he was afraid he'd get in a fight and get his teeth knocked out. He figured that if even that happened he could still play tenor. So, the request came in, 'Can I get a reed mouthpiece for my trumpet?' the company made exactly one." - (DownBeat October 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 September 21

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Solitude - St John's Church, Grainger St., Newcastle NE1 5JG. 11:00am & 2:00pm. Free. Gabriele Heller’s audio play (40mins).

Jeff Barnhart’s Silent Film Festival: Reel 2 - St Augustine's Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm. £10.00. (under 16s free). Barnhart’s piano accompaniment to classic silent films.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen: River Tyne Jazz Cruise - Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Departing 1:00pm (boarding from 12:30pm) from o/s Pitcher & Piano, returning 4:00pm. Tickets: £25.00. (info 0191 252 9429/07710 528413). On board buffet & Tyne Bank Brewery bar.

Evening

Ronnie Scott's All Stars - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. Tel: 01642 815181. 8:00pm. £22.50. (inc bf). Ronnie Scott's Story: 60th Anniversary Concert.

Nikki Iles, Karen Sharp & Friends - Queen's Hall Library, Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LS. Tel: 01434 652477. 9:30pm. £15.00. A Hexham Abbey Festival of Music & Arts event.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Bullfrog Blues Band - 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.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Lewis Watson Quartet @ The Cherry Tree. Monday March 26.

Lewis Watson (ten); Paul Edis (pno); Paul Susans (bs); Rob Walker (dms).
Photo courtesy of Jerry Edis.
The Cherrytree is evolving into a really excellent jazz venue. Somehow it has managed to combine being a very good restaurant with presenting the best of regional (and sometimes national) jazz musicians. 
For some reason,. much to its credit, it has become the favoured location in which to hear the elusive and excellent Lewis Watson and last night he was with Paul Edis, Paul Susans and Rob Walker. Although the advertising said the Lew Watson Quartet, I was very pleased to see that it was Lewis who was actually playing. I'm not sure if this was a rebranding exercise or a cunning disguise but I don't think it works. It's a bit like talking about Johnnie Coltrane...I last heard Lewis and Paul play together in an improvised session during the day long gig at the Lit and Phil last year and they really do play well together. The beauty about the Cherrytree is that for the jazz fan, you get to hear great undiluted jazz, and both Lewis and Paul were playing excellently and very well supported by Paul and Rob. While at the same time, those who are only interested in the food carry on regardless but without disrupting the music. Last night there were at least two tables where people chatted away oblivious to the music, while the rest of us feasted on some great jazz.
The other thing I like is that most of the time the musicians just play and don't engage in long conversations with the audience. In fact I think the only comment made by Lewis all night was a laconic 'No' when an innocent member of the audience asked if he played requests. Sadly, circumstances out of my control meant I had to leave before the end so I never did hear if he played Greensleeves.
JC

2 comments :

Lance said...

Just as John Dankworth was always Johnny Dankworth to me so Lewis will always be Lew.
What next - Andrew Sheppard?

Anonymous said...

Hi

professionally I prefer to be known as Lewis, but

socially Lew is ok,

Lewis Watson

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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.)
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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.
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Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance