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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.

Until July 21

Today Tuesday July 16

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

Gala Big Band w. ALAN BARNES: Strictly Come BRASSing - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £15.00. (£12.00. concs.). A Durham Brass Festival event.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc. raffle). RCJ with Don Armstrong (clarinet, saxophone, penny whistle, vocals).

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SOLD OUT!

Zoe Rahman & Laura MacDonald - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192.. 8:00pm. £12.00. (£10.00. concs.). JNE.

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Northern Monkey Brass Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

CD Review: Skamel

Ian White (ten); Nick Walters (tpt); Johnny Hunter (dms); Tim Cox (tmb); Anton Hunter (gtr); James Adolpho (bs).
After Thursday's gig by Skamel at Hoochie it was with a sense of deja vu that I listened to the CD. As the gig also served as the album launch, this wasn't surprising. However, with the album sleeve (fantastic artwork by Angela Guyton!) in front of me I'm now able to pick up on the titles which I didn't always catch correctly at the gig.
At Hoochie, Nick's Skank came out as Nick Stank! Which he certainly didn't - at least not playing-wise. One of the most exciting trumpet players I've heard for a long time, Walters is well-featured throughout the disc. Indeed all of the soloists have their moments in the sun. 
Badger Walk shows off Ian White (replaced by Ben Cottrell at Hoochie) to great advantage.
The Importance of Being Ernest has a quite lyrical solo by Tim Cox on trombone. And yes I know a lyrical trombone over a Reggae rhythm sounds an unlikely coupling but, trust me. The lyricism goes out the window when some electronic wizardry by guitarist Hunter takes over before the horns, surprisingly, come back in with  a few bars of The Habanera from Carmen!
Silver Skank is presumably based on a Horace Silver number but I must confess I haven't picked up on it yet. Cape Verdean Blues? I don't know. Whatever, it's a great track. They're all good. Marseille Marceau with it's slightly melancholic mood and the collective improvisation passages is intriguing, beguiling the listener to speculate on the meaning of the tune title.
Of the nine originals six are by Johnny Hunter - two in collaboration with bassist Adolpho - Walters chips in with two and Anton Hunter one.
Only criticism, as the disc neared its conclusion I longed for a break from the insistent Reggae beat but that would be defeating the object of the band.
I may book a holiday in Jamaica.
Visit www.skamel.co.uk for more info.
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.
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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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Lance