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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.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Djangologie @ The Sage. October 18

James Birkett (guitar), Giles Strong (guitar), Emma Fisk (violin) & Mick Shoulder (double bass)
(Review by Russell).
 The Sage Gateshead’s intimate four hundred capacity Hall Two hosted the opening concert of this year’s International Guitar Festival. Hot Club specialists Djangologie could not have wished for a better platform on which to launch their new CD. Djangologists, students of the guitar and other discerning concert goers heard classic   material and a few numbers in the idiom composed by bassist Mick Shoulder.
 Coquette, Belleville and Nuages won deserved applause. The latter tune, heard so many times, yet on this take, Emma Fisk, virtuoso that she is, gave a stunning performance eliciting a rapturous reception. Djangologist and bass player Mick Shoulder remarked that it brought a tear to the eye.
Quite. 
Shoulder’s writing skills are such that his own material - Django’s Stomp (Django being a one time canine companion of Shoulder) and The Sinister Drag (a second set highlight) - stands fair comparison with the more familiar. 
The first set at an end, the applause had to be heard to be believed. Master guitarist James Birkett brought the house down on Oh, Lady be Good and The Sheik of Araby (always good fun) featured the quartet in whirling dervish mode (Birkett and Fisk could not play any faster if their lives depended upon it). Amazing! Rhythm guitarist Giles Strong is, I guess, a musician’s musician. Unsung but indispensable and pretty darn good at what he does (first name on the team sheet, if you will). Many tunes, countless highlights and lots of CDs - The New Leaf - sold at the end of the night. Perfect.
Russell                     

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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