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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 Wednesday July 24

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden. See above.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Monday, October 22, 2012

Jazz Café Jam. Sunday October 21.


Mark Williams (gtr); Chris Finch (tpt); Paul Grainger (bs).
(Review by Lance)
There Will Never Be Another You was the opener. I looked around the Jazz Café and couldn't help but think that there will never be another place like this.
Outside, the black and white shirts were staggering about but they knew, from past experience, that they wouldn't be allowed inside. A shirt with Birdland or Village Vanguard may have made it...
Mark Williams   is quite simply a brilliant guitarist pulling out some quite amazing runs and phrases. Woe betide anyone who has to 'follow that'! Chris, sensibly, didn't instead he responded with some minimalist trumpet playing..
Chris, recently, came to grief on a slippery floor whilst carrying a couple of pints and, as such, has to forgo piano playing in favour of his second instrument - trumpet.. The fall caused tendon problems and piano playing, he said, is out of the question - or so we thought!
With Paul Grainger on bass, the trio managed Time after Time, Billies Bounce, But Beautiful, Beautiful Love and All The Things You Are - (when in doubt...)
The venue was filling up with the cosmopolitan crowd The Caff attracts - Irish, Chinese, European - even someone from Hebburn (me!) Kaveh Emami took some photos (see above) and the band took the stand once more. This time Chris opted to play one handed piano which he did effectively on Bye Bye Blackbird after which it was time for me to say Bye Bye and head across to the Central Bar.
As I left Ray Truskett entered with bass guitar. Ray, last I heard, was heading west for his winter sojourn in Florida however, it seems, ill health caused him to postpone his departure. No doubt his doctor recommended taking the healing waters dispensed from behind the bar by Dr. Crombie.
The Jazz Café is a gem - it is unique!
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