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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.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Jam Session @ The Jazz Café Sunday November 11

Pete Gilligan (pno); Ted Harbot (bs); Ray Burns (hca/acc); Debra Milne (vcl); Paul Gowland (ten); Mike Papapavlou, Kazumi Ishigaki and ? (gtr).
(Review by Lance.)
Ann may have been a little premature in thinking the jam had started at the Caff (see previous post) - it's definitely now an evening thing. And the roars from St. James' were more likely groans!
Nevertheless, it was a superb evening with Pete Gilligan back on keys (he looks like Hoagy Carmichael in a 1940's movie and plays a lot more piano!)
Besame  Mucho got  things moving  quite sedately with Ray Burns blowing harp and later accordion. I'll See You  in  my  Dreams  kept  everyone  awake  before  Paul  Gowland  took  centre stage with a wonderfully breathy  version of  Here's  That  Rainy  Day.  This was Hawkins/Webster/Rollins and PG did them justice. 
The keyboard PG (where was the double bass PG?) came into his own on Have You Met Miss Jones? Don Forbes arrived with trumpet and Papapavlou took over from the young  guitarist whose name I didn't catch. Ted Harbot, a new bass player on the scene, kept it all together. In the absence of a drummer his role suddenly became a pivotal one.
Don and Ted stepped down for Ornithology/How High The Moon. This truly was a journey into space by the PG's and MP. Bebop Lives! A blast on Blue Bossa then it was a vocal interlude by Debra Milne.  Four and Close Your Eyes were Debs' chosen pieces and she stamped them with her distinctive vocal signature including some good scat choruses.
And so it went on ...
Pav and Ish had a great work out on Yardbird Suite and Scrapple. Pete joined them for There Will Never Be Another You. Hymn to Freedom with les tout ensemble brought my evening's jazzing to a close - it had been a good one although there was much more to come.
Strangely, the absence of a drummer went nigh unnoticed!
Photos by Kaveh.
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