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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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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 Monday October 21

Afternoon

Jazz

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).

Evening

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Hot Club of Cowtown @ The Sage, Gateshead

Elana James (fiddle/vcl); Whit Smith (gtr/vcl); Jake Erwin (bs/backing vcl).
(Review by Lance)
Long ago when I was very young and just taking my first uncertain steps into the mysterious world of jazz I heard a record by Hank Williams. I can't recall the title 'cept it was a blues and had a scorching violin solo in the middle. Even at that early age I realised that it wasn't a jazz record which confused me as, without doubt, the fiddle solo was as jazzy as anything I'd heard up to that point by Grappelli or Venuti. Over the years I've listened to lots of genres and, call it what you may, when the solos come round they're playing jazz.
 Thus it was tonight with the magnificent Hot Club of Cowtown - who merge Country and Swing into what is generally referred to as Western Swing. Not that I think the three tier full Hall 2 at The Sage were bothered about genre. They came out to enjoy themselves and they surely did if Standing Ovations mean anything - Hell I was standing and applauding myself!
Elana James plays some swinging fiddle - does she not - and takes no prisoners when she sings either. I loved the Pussy Cat Song (me being a feline fanatic). This was a song about a missing cat and it crossed my sadistic mind that it may actually have ended up as the strings on her violin!
Whit Smith (pictured) played great Chet style guitar as well as alternating with Elana on the vocals. On slap bass Jake Erwin did the business - don't need no drummer with Jake around.
It was an exhilarating evening that emphasised the point that music - be it jazz or whatever - should always be entertainment. Tonight it certainly was.
Their latest CD - Rendezvous Rhythm - puts the cows out to graze and concentrates on the Hot Club side of things. Watch this space for a review of the disc which features many of the numbers played tonight.
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.
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Lance