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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.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Funkalleros @ Hoochie Coochie

Graham Hardy (tpt); Paul Edis (keys); Neil Harland (bs); Rob Walker (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Graham Hardy, last seen at Hoochie four days previous with Hannabiell and Midnight Blue (Graham also played with NCRO at Tynemouth earlier that same day), fronted 3 fellow A - Listers for a pulsating couple of sets of pure funk.

The show opened with an explosive trumpet fanfare so powerful I expected someone to run in carrying the Olympic Torch - and it would have been appropriate - as Hardy went into a marathon solo reaching near stratospheric heights on Freddie Hubbard's Red Clay. Hubbard is, I guess, one of his influences and the evening had a late Hubbard Blue Note feel to it.
Bill Evan's Funkallero, the inspiration for the band's name, saw Neil Harland put in some wild licks - Daddy Cool was now Daddy Hot!
Paul Edis at the Virtual Hammond contributed his own brand of funk with his own composition - In The Pocket. These guys can, seemingly, turn their hand to whatever style is demanded of them.
Over There, a dirge-like tune that, nonetheless, gradually built up to an almost hypnotic climax via more bravura trumpet playing and compelling rhythmic intensity from Walker.
Other highlights included a Wayne Shorter number, some Hardy originals and a tune by Neil Harland! Yes Neil The Bass is also Neil The Composer - he'll be singing next!
This was, I think, their first gig and I was impressed. It's asking a lot for a trumpet player to take centre stage without a front-line partner but he did it and did it well. The chops were in good shape.
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.
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Lance