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Barry Harris (in 1981): "There is not one place in the world that you can find more jazz musicians from than Detroit." - (DownBeat, September 2019).

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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 Saturday August 17

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see above).

Newcastle Jazz Festival - Tyne Bank Brewery, Walker Road, Newcastle NE6 2AB. Tel: 0191 265 2828. £15.00. All day event, line-up:

Zoë Gilby & Andy Champion (1:30pm)

Alan Law Trio (2:40pm)

Mark Williams Trio (3:50pm)

Emma Fisk & James Birkett (5:00pm)

(Evening)

Alexander Bone (6:15pm)

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band (7:45pm).

Blues/Funk/Soul

King Snake - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Lickety Split @ The Sage. December 2

Eddie Bellis (trombone), John Hudson (tenor saxophone), Alan Marshall (alto saxophone), Kevin Eland (trumpet & flugelhorn), Bill Brittain (piano), Roy Willis (guitar), Alan Rudd (electric bass) & Paul Wight (drums)
(Review by Russell)
A beautiful winter’s day. Bright sunshine, bitterly cold. Shoppers out in force. Recession? What recession? The Sage Gateshead. In from the cold. Eddie Bellis’ Lickety Split took to the concourse stage to entertain the brasserie’s brunching diners. The one hour set featured a lot of newer material together with one or two fixtures from the burgeoning band book.
This band is about the ensemble: great arrangements, first rate frontline harmonies and an in-the-pocket rhythm section. Solos were plentiful, immaculate and commendably brief. Imagine, if you will, your favourite (and for the most part long gone) West Coast musicians (you have them on CD, you have them on LP), recall the imperious Basie rhythm section (yes, you've got them on 78s and yes, they’re long gone) and the blues and gospel territory of the likes of Horace Silver. Well, Bellis’ combo is the band for you. So, the next time Lickety Split play a gig anywhere near you make the effort - turn off the CD player, switch off the telly and go out to hear this fantastic band.
‘Tis the season of course so we were treated to/endured (delete as appropriate) a couple of Christmas tunes. Seriously, they were good ones. A set full of A-list material (including Well You Needn't) bookended by White Christmas and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas had a similar effect to a tip-top winter warmer dark beer. Same again Mr Bartender! 
The brasserie’s patrons were, by and large, not listening. Nothing new there. The place was a hive of activity: a choir taking a break from rehearsal, Jamboners arriving for a workshop session (these kids are the next generation of jazz ‘names’), tutors rounding up their charges. The Sage is a magnificent community asset. Add your voice to the campaign to resist the cuts. Loose it or loose it, as they say. The Sage - and all other cultural institutions – is/are ours. Let’s keep it that way. Support live music.
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.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance