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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.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Zoe Gilby Quartet @ Hoochie Coochie.

Zoe Gilby (vcl); Mark Williams (gtr); Andy Champion (bs); Richard Brown (dms).
(Review by Lance)
Zoe was "On song" tonight. Everything seemed to gel from the opening Love For Sale to the final Caravan via more Duke with Don't Get Around Much Anymore, more Cole with What is This Thing Called Love?, Jobim's The Waters of March, Leiber and Stoller's Some Cats Know and the inevitable Secret Love as done by Doris and Carmen.
All performed brilliantly - Zoe has a way with a lyric that seems to give it an extra dimension. An unusual inflection or holding the note for half a beat longer than expected - all the hallmarks of a great jazz singer. With great support and solos from Andy, Mark and Richard - although the latter had to wait for the last number for his moment in the spotlight - this was well worth braving the storms for.
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Then, of course, there were the originals which all reveal the fact that one day Gilby and Champion may be up there alongside Rodgers and Hart, George and Ira, Abbott and Costello...
Is It Me?, In It Together, On The Edge and Midnight Bell - all really good compositions worthy of wider exposure which no doubt they will get when Zoe hits the Festival trail this summer. That trail includes Manchester, Keswick, Fishguard (Fishguard?!) and several others across the length and the breadth of the land.
Oh yes, the song Midnight Bell.
Great tune, great lyric but I just wish that Zoe wouldn't be so dismissive of the inspiration for the song.
Midnight Bell was part of a trilogy written in 1935 by Patrick Hamilton under the title Twenty Thousand Streets Under The Sky. It's one of the most compelling books of the era and compares favourably with anything by Graham Greene, with whom comparisons are often drawn. The stories were successfully televised a few years back.
However, rant over, this was another good gig at Hoochie by four of the very best musicians around.
Next week it's Pete Gilligan's monthly jam session.
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