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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 Tuesday July 23

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood; Paul Grainger; Matt MacKellar.

Archipelago & J Frisco + Mark Williams Trio - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £9.90.

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

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Clare Teal w. the Jay Phelps Big Band @ The Sage.

It must be all those pork pies that Ms Teal told us she eats, that must be what makes her sing so well! There’s no other explanation for such a big voice with such a wide range, and such enthusiasm and friendly chat from this Yorkshire lass.
After three of four numbers from the band, on bounced Ms Teal, clad in black top and trousers, telling us in song that it was Too Darn Hot. This was followed by a change of mood to a sophisticated, slidey version of We’ll Be Together Again, and then came Let Me Off Uptown, with help from Jay Phelps himself on trumpet and repartee between choruses as they re-created the number made famous by Anita O'Day and Roy Eldridge with the Gene Krupa Band. Blues In The Night, heartfelt and dramatic, rounded off Ms Teal’s contribution to the first half of the show.
The second half brought us more of the band alone and then Clare returned with A Foggy Day, which included a delightful solo from John Turville on piano. This was followed by a sensitive Skylark, as arranged by Alan Ganley, and Feelin' Good, with an effective bass accompaniment to the verse which mentions butterflies. The final number was a lively Cheek to Cheek. Everyone on the stage pulled out all the stops for the encore, which was I Just Wanna Make Love To You, and this included impressive solos from all the players. A great ending to a massively enjoyable gig.
Ann Alex

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