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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.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Budtones @ Hoochie.


Stu Findon (ten), Fiona Littlewood (ten/vcl):; Harley Johnson (keys); Tim Knowles (gtr); Jim Crinson (bs); Eric Stutt (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
There is something about a two tenor front-line that grabs me. Tubby and Ronnie with the Couriers, Zoot and Al, Dex and Wardell, Sonny and Gene - the list goes on and tonight, Fiona and Stu added their names to the roll of honour, Plus, of course, Fiona also sings rather well giving her a head start on the others.
The band went down well tonight at Hoochie - almost as well as the 2 for 1 cocktails. Even John Taylor had a couple of Polish Mules! Less adventurous, I stuck with London Pride which was handed down to me at frequent intervals!
Oliver Nelson's The Message got the show on the road and it was a good start. The contrast between Fi and Stu is great both offering differing styles. Stu is the hard-blowing bebopper whilst Fiona reaches for the lyrical linear approach. Nice to hear Harley again - its been awhile and it will be awhile longer before I hear him again as, along with guitarist Tim, he's off to Leeds Uni where I'm sure they will both add to the already vibrant young jazz scene in that city.
Straight No Chaser featured Fi on voice in unison with Stu on tenor. On Green Dolphin St., You Go To My Head, were fine but I did have reservations over My Funny Valentine sung over a heavy rock rhythm. It didn't cut it for me but John T loved it - perhaps I should have been riding the Polish Mules!.
The second set included:  Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love,  Blues For Alice, California Soul, Secret Love,  Midnight Voyage, Corcovado and  Put A Lyd On It this latter tune a Stu original and the spelling is his.
It was a good night, a reasonable crowd and a swinging band. Let's hope they find good replacements for Harley and Tim. Needless to say, Eric and Jim made for a rock solid rhythm section driving the others relentlessly along.
Photos.
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