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Sting: "It was great. They [the River City Jazzmen] all wore blue suits. The band had been together for about twenty years, which was the same age as the suits." - (Melody Maker Sept. 22, 1979).

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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 Monday October 21

Afternoon

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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:00pm/5:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

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At the Customs House on Friday 21st we have the West Jesmond Rhythm Kings playing their hot 1920s jazz, featuring a programme called "Mamas & Papas" - every tune has the words Mama, Papa or Baby in the title! This makes for an interesting selection, mixing the familiar with the relatively rare numbers from the classic jazz era. On this occasion, the WJRK (now in their 30th year) are reinforced by brilliant young local pianist Paul Edis. 8.00pm in the Daltons Room, Box Office 0191 454 1234 or book online at www.customshouse.co.uk (check out the pre-jazz meal deals in the Green Room restaurant - delicious!).
By way of contrast, Trinity Jazz presents the 12-piece New Century Ragtime Orchestra on Saturday 22nd, at the new earlier start time of 7.30pm. The NCRO, under the musical direction of Dave Kerr, will play their customary programme of jazz and hot dance music from the 1920s and early 1930s, all lovingly taken from the original recordings of the era and played with great authenticity. An added bonus is the witty commentary by MC Steve Andrews, who also plays great sax and clarinet. Guaranteed good fun and super music! Box Office 0191 285 6130, advance booking recommended as this excellent band frequently draws capacity audiences.
Mike.

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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.
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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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Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance