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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 01, 2012

Paul Edis Trio w. Roly Veitch @ Bridge Hotel.

Paul Edis (pno); Mick Shoulder (bs); Adam Sinclair (dms); Roly Veitch (gtr).
(Review by Lance)
This latest Splinter gig was one of those delightful vignettes that somehow offered an alternative to the Up and At 'Em jazz that currently prevails in every style from New Orleans to On The Outside.
Bill Evans was one of those rare musicians - an ethereal aesthetic who, rather than ostentatious displays of technique, used that technique to suit the moment, the mood, the feeling. Paul Edis is from the same musical incubation as Bill Evans and, as such, the perfect choice to talk about and lead by example of the great man's career.
Paul quoted at length from Peter Pettinger's How My Heart Sings - a book that I too am currently reading - and, I must confess, made reference to several items that I had missed.
Waltz For Debbie - surely the greatest jazz waltz ever - Funkalero, Periscope, more delights but perhaps the best was saved for last - Turn Out The Stars. Solo piano, this was Edis, Bill Evans,.at his finest.
Second set opened with Roly Veitch donning the mantle of Jim Hall, with whom Bill Evans recorded several albums,  and the duo did full justice to I Hear a Rhapsody, Darn That Dream and an Evans' original the name of which I didn't catch..
This is the stuff that dreams are made of - Shakespeare hit it when he said "Music is the food of love" - and this was sheer romance between players and listeners.
However, once again the number 27 bus caused Coitus Interruptus  and I had to leave before the climax of the second set.
Check out Bill Evans, Jim Hall through the usual search engines and likewise Paul Edis and Roly Veitch. Special mentions also to Adam Sinclair who becomes more awesome with each hearing and Mick Shoulder who "merely" had to become Eddie Gomez/Scott La Faro. Mick did it well (drive home  carefully.)
And for those who missed it - I just hope you backed Italy!
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