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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.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Claire Kelly @ The Jazz Café - Newcastle. Saturday July 28.

Claire Kelly (vcl); Steve Glendinning (gtr); Paul Grainger (bs).
(Review by Lance)
From the moment Claire swung into Tiptoe Gently I relaxed. This was going to be good. With Paul Grainger laying down the pulse on bass and Steve Glendinning providing key and sympathy the mood was set for a nicely balanced trio.
No Moon At All could have been subtitled No Drums At All and, in truth, this was such a tightly knit unit that drums could have been obtrusive. It also served as an indication of just how far Claire's stage presence has developed. Sitting on a chair, a booted leg provocatively outstretched and one of those enigmatic smiles that can normally only be seen in The Louvre, it was no wonder That Even Fido Was Afraid To bark! - the poor mutt couldn't handle that - it wasn't easy for this poor mutt either!
Blues Are Out of Town is that rare creature - a happy blues! and a great number too although not without some uncertainty along the way! I Concentrate On You and a première of Born To Be Blue rounded off a first set that completely banished any misgivings I may have had after her Hoochie gig.
The second set had more gems - The Carpenter's Masquerade reminded us that Karen Carpenter was a class act - and so indeed is Claire who did  the melancholy song justice! Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby, another blues, Ain't Nobody's Business if I Do with, I suspect, some of Claire's own lyrics added. Finally a couple of my favourites from her pad - Aqua de Beber and Guilty.
Full praise must be given to Steve and Paul. Both in solo and support they held it all together beautifully. My only regret was not being able to stay longer but time and the number 27 wait for no one.
Lance.
PS: Support the Jazz Café (Pink Lane, Newcastle) it is unique!

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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