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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.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

A Tribute to Bill Evans and Scott La Faro - Scarborough Jazz Festival Friday September 28 Afternoon session.

Gareth Williams (pno); Dave Green (bs); Enzo Zirilli (dms).
This follows on nicely to Russell's review of the Paul Edis Trio's Bill Evans tribute at Hexham last night.
The main difference between the two was that whereas Edis concentrated on Evans' original pieces, Williams - with the exception of Waltz For Debbie which has become a standard anyway and La Faro's Glorious Step - chose to work on Evans' standard repertoire. Both were brilliantly done - I'd seen the Edis version prior to the Hexham gig.
Paul went into greater biographical detail - not all of which we wanted to know whereas Williams concentrated on the musical aspects of his life.
On bass Dave Green was as dependable as ever proving to be the perfect "Scott La Faro" whilst on drums Enzo Zirilli filled the Paul Motian role. Williams himself played a lot of piano - at times more than Evans played yet still capturing perfectly the mood. Just as George Shearing's chords are easily identifiable so are the harmonic clusters of Evans.
For the record titles played included; What is This Thing Called Love? My Foolish Heart (the song that first got Williams hooked on the flawed genius), Waltz For Debby, Young and Foolish, Autumn Leaves, Spring is Here, The Theme from Mash (Evans' favourite tv program), Come Rain or Come Shine, Someday my Prince Will Come and My Romance. A great start to the Festival with more to follow in the evening.
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