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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.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Trio Riot @ The Bridge Hotel. November 11

Sam Andreae (tenor saxophone), Mette Rasmussen (alto saxophone) & David Meier (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Tenor saxophonist Sam Andreae lives in Macclesfield, alto saxophonist Mette Rasmussen lives in Trondheim and drummer David Meier lives in Zurich. All three get together rarely and on those rare occasions it’s a riot - Trio Riot, you might say.
The Bridge Hotel audience heard composed pieces rehearsed and committed to memory with the trio having some fun on improvised sections, returning to the head and ending on a succession of entertaining stop-time tom foolery.

Lala-Lala (comp. Meier), Bridge Ballad (named on the night – it has a different title each time it is played!) and Da Da Da Da Da Da Da (or something like that) were commendably brief (John Zorn brevity on occasion). Brevity, humour and searing solo work - Rasmussen’s upper register playing a highlight on Guru - characterised an excellent opening set. An improvisation on Joy Division’s Disorder was picked up by a perceptive listener at the beginning of the second set followed by a fast and furious I’m So Glad It Wasn’t Me (comp. Rasmussen). One of the few pieces demanding the dots be read - Bartstock (comp. Meier) - featured the composer and Rasmussen’s alto in a thrilling exchange. Rasmussen’s Candid confirmed first impressions that her alto playing placed her in the premier league of young improvisers.
A good gig courtesy of Splinter and Jazz North East. Next week - Sunday 18th November – Splinter presents the Paul Baxter Quartet. If you like more straight ahead stuff then this is the gig for you (there is a cracking alto player in the band). Make the effort, its just six quid to get in and the beers are tip-top.
Russell               

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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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