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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.

Until July 21

Today Tuesday July 16

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

Gala Big Band w. ALAN BARNES: Strictly Come BRASSing - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £15.00. (£12.00. concs.). A Durham Brass Festival event.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc. raffle). RCJ with Don Armstrong (clarinet, saxophone, penny whistle, vocals).

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SOLD OUT!

Zoe Rahman & Laura MacDonald - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192.. 8:00pm. £12.00. (£10.00. concs.). JNE.

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Northern Monkey Brass Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, July 06, 2012

Rendezvous with Our Man in Hong Kong in North Shields.

Maureen Hall (vcl); Barry Soulsby (clt); Iain MacAulay (tmb); Roy Gibson (pno); Jimmy McKeown (dms); Colin Aitchison (tpt).
(Review by Lance).
The idea was to nip over on the Shields' Ferry to catch Rendezvous Jazz, grab a beer and return - my thirst quenched, my musical taste buds sated. However, suddenly, things did, like the best laid schemes of mice and men, gan awry. 
Enter Colin Aitchison.
Yes, "Our Man in Hong Kong" was here warming up for tomorrow's "Real Ale Train".
Colin and I go back a long way and we had lots of catching up, stories to exchange, memories of the Newcastle Big Band, his dad Hughie - with whom I worked alongside in Windows Music Store for many years - Ned Kelly's in Kowloon where Colin leads the resident band and, naturally a few beers (Lovely Nelly from Cullercoats Brewery) to keep the conversation flowing.
The pleasant sounds of Maureen's vocals, Iain and Barry's horns and the rhythm of Roy and Jim drifted through from the music area and it was much appreciated by the crowd - and there were quite a few.
Colin sat in on Big Butter and Egg Man as well as singing and playing Ain't Misbehavin'. Good solos all round and a Satchmo vocal from Colin. (Satchmo vocals come with the territory for trumpet players.)
Apologies here for my tardiness, but I also enjoyed meeting up with Jeannie, Colin's lovely lady.
A good afternoon and nice to take a trip down Memory Lane.
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