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Sting: "It was great. They [the River City Jazzmen] all wore blue suits. The band had been together for about twenty years, which was the same age as the suits." - (Melody Maker Sept. 22, 1979).

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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 Monday October 21

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:00pm/5:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

Evening

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Ray Dales w. the Jeremy McMurray Trio @ The Cherry Tree, Jesmond.

(Review by Lance).
Ray Dales (alt); Jeremy McMurray (pno); Peter Ayton (bs.gtr); Richard Brown (dms).
Regular readers will know that I like to link the food with the music which isn't always easy and, at times, a little contrived. However, no such jiggery pokery was required for my starter - Pork Rillette, Warm Toast and Chutney. No sooner had I taken a mouthful than the band opened up with So Nice. Those two words said it all for the food and the music.
Despite our relative longevity I'd never actually heard Ray Dales until tonight although I knew of him. It was well worth waiting for as his Benny Carter-like lines floated through the Jobim tune with ease and I knew a treat was in store.
The Things We Did Last Summer and Our Day Will Come - you'd have thought that I'd written the set list - Just Friends, My Foolish Heart, Wave - I even forgave him playing Summertime and so I should seeing as how everyone and his cousin plays or sings Summertime. Autumn Leaves was taken up-tempo and featured a delightful Bach-like improvisation from Jeremy that included some counterpoint with bass guitarist Ayton.
Whilst all this was going on I was tucking in to Pappadelle Pasta with Fresh Picked Crab, Lobster Butter, Parsley and Parmesan.
The second set opened up with Don't Get Around Much Any More and Sticky Toffee Pudding, Caramel Sauce and Banana Ice Cream - what a combination - Sonny Wouldn't Get Blue if she'd tasted that!
Stella By Starlight, Four, Let's Get Lost, and We'll Be Together Again with some lovely Shearingish block chord from Jeremy were just some of the numbers that made this a most enjoyable evening.
Special mention of Richard Brown who played discreetly without any loss of drive or swing and Peter Ayton who underpinned it all beautifully.
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.
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Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance