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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

Spero sets the pace - Greg Spero Trio @ Dacre Hall, Lanercost. Thursday April 5.

Greg Spero (el-pno); Andy Champion (bs); Adrian Tilbrook (dms) + Roz Sluman (alt).
After the marathon 25th Anniversary Memorial Concert with the Buddy Rich Big Band at the London Palladium on Monday Greg Spero began his mini tour of Cumbria and Newcastle with a quick rehearsal followed by a sell out performance at Lanercost’s Dacre Hall.
The expectations in the audience were high, given the extensive local media coverage for the event, and from the first bars it was clear they would be surpassed.
The trio began with Hills, the opening number from Greg’s new CD Acoustic, and the pace continued through a first set encompassing self-penned numbers and standards.
Local saxophonist Roz Sluman took the stand to deliver a stunning solo on another track from Acoustic Universe.
Lennon and McCartney’s Blackbird began the second set and was followed by a spellbinding version of Over the Rainbow with Greg Spero’s piano ingeniously scattering the melody throughout the tune just when the audience weren’t expecting it.
Roz Sluman excelled again on Footprints and the trio behind her were clearly enjoying themselves. None more so than when they stepped into a hip-hop, funk laced version of Herbie Hancock’s Sly.
This was magical stuff and those attending the remaining three gigs are in for a real treat.
David Gosling.

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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