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Reuben James: "Mark [Kavuma] has such a unique sound on the horn. He lets it all hang out in a very vulnerable way when he plays ballads." - (DownBeat October 2019).

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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 September 24

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see centre column).

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Cancelled!

JCM: In Memory of Jon Hiseman - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:00pm. £20.00. (£18.00. adv.). Clem Clemson (guitar); Mark Clarke (bass); Ralph Salmins (drums). Support: T-A-B ((Tom Atkinson Band).

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Alter Ego - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Blues

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Sage Outdoor Stage @ the Summertyne Americana Festival

Performance Square was crowded at 4pm when I arrived, the sun shone, and the glorious fug of BBQ smoke was hanging in the air at the east entrance.  For the next two hours or so I relished 2 really good bands, not jazz, but great music, with some jazzy elements.
The Pine Hill Haints had a general rock and roll/country sound, but they covered many types of song, and I lost count of the instruments.  Guitars, drumkit, tea chest bass, a lady on washboard, banjo, bluegrass fiddle, and even something that sounded like a theremin, to get a ghostly effect.  And of course vocals, and songs including blues, folk songs about following your lover’s coffin, humorous Mexican songs, Where The Soul Never Dies, (which sounded as if it belonged to the Sacred Harp religious song collection), and the lovely religious folk song Will The Circle Be Unbroken.  And all delivered with aplomb and good humour.
Then came Mary Jean Lewis and the Starlight Boys (pictured above), with a more conventional set of instruments but no less aplomb.  Mary Jean on keys and vocals, two guitars, double bass, drumkit and saxophone.  The band stomped out the tunes, blues such as Mama You Treat your Daughter Mean, love songs (Lovin’ Fever) songs of American life (Cruisin Down the Strip).  All enjoyable, especially for the many dancers in front of the stage.  What fun!
Ann Alex 

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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