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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

Lickety Split @ Ashington Jazz Club November 8.


(Review by Peter S.)
If I owned a parrot I would teach him to repeat "Pieces of Eight Lickety Split" again and again to support this wonderful 8 piece group of musicians led by Eddie Bellis. This is a dynamic workman-like unit who reintroduced our audience to the music commonly regarded as West Coast Jazz. Eddie named the great musicians from Jazz development who created and inspired this musical style.
To name but a few we listened to compositions associated with Gerry Mulligan, Milt Jackson, Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, Herbie Hancock, Bob Haggart and others. This vigorous and disciplined band performed each item as a well oiled machine as each member contributed through their instrument moving so smoothly from one creative solo to the next never straying too far away from the theme. Each performance was a complete work of this Jazz form. The members had a good evening and it was evident the musicians likewise.
The brass front line of Eddie Bellis (trombone), Alan Marshal (Alto sax), John Hudson (Tenor Sax) and Kevin Eland (trumpet and flugel horn) are a powerful quartet who work together like clockwork.  The rhythm section of Paul Wight (drums), Alan Rudd (bass) Roy Willis (guitar) and Bill Britain (keyboard) are a superb support combo, each offering  their own brand of creativity Sitting to the sides of the wind section and from behind they are not forgotten but an integral part of the band.

Should I find this imaginary parrot of mine to be a fast learner I would have to encourage him to also repeat "That's the way to do it" because this band PUNCH their weight in all departments.

PROGRAMME - Westward Walk, Bag's Groove, News, Oil, All Blues. Borgy Boogey, Filthy McNasty, Red Door, Sandu, Limelight, I Remember Clifford, Betty, Alice in Wonderland, St. Thomas, Dolphin Dance, What's New,

Sister Sadie and finally I'm Beginning to See the Light.
DECEMBER MEETING - Wednesday 5th. with Gypsy Jazz  and guest.
See you there.
Peter S.


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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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