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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, November 09, 2012

Breach @ Central Bar, Gateshead. November 8

Graeme Stephen (guitar & electronics), Paul Harrison (organ & electronics) & Chris Wallace (drums)
(Review by Russell)
There was an Englishman, a Scotsman and a Canadian…Breach cross borders geographically and musically. Touring the trio’s latest CD Borders gave them the excuse (none needed!) to carry out a border raid from their Edinburgh base. This was a welcome return to Tyneside for three first class musicians. Guitarist Graeme Stephen (the Scot) has developed into a readily identifiable voice moving imperceptibly from melodic swing to dense improvisations and back again across a few bars. Englishman Paul Harrison serves as the touchstone in the band. The classic Hammond sound anchored the band although the temptation to up-anchor and sail into uncharted waters proved irresistible from time to time. Canadian Chris Wallace bristled with technique but showed commendable restraint, simultaneously subservient and integral to the group sound. 
Tunes came from the first CD On the Walk and the new one - Borders – without much in the way of a hard sell from the band. There It Is, The City From the Window, Thirst, Nakendonsko (a traditional folk melody, arr. Stephen) and a particular highlight - Harumph (comp. Chris Wallace) -  made for two great sets. The one discordant note of the evening…the low turn-out. The no.27 bus (see review of Allsorts at Hoochie Coochie) should have dropped off a few passengers at the Central Bar for a pint – they would have heard some rather good jazz. If you’re in London tonight call into the Spice of LifeBreach have a London Jazz Festival date. Lucky Londoners!
Russell.
Editors note. Two Canadian jazz drummers performing within a mile of each other on a Thursday evening must be a first for Newcastle/Gateshead!             

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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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