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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 Monday August 19

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.

Evening

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

Monday, December 17, 2012

Lindsay Hannon Plus/Jam Session @ Splinter @ The Bridge. Sunday December 16.

Lindsay Hannon (vcl); James Harrison (pno); John Pope (bs); Mark Robertson (dms) + Paul Gowland (ten); Graham Hardy (tpt), Gabriele Heller, Keiran, Belinda Voshtina, Zoe Gilby, Dave Weisser (vcl).
(Review by Lance.)
It was free entry for the end of season jam and, as such, the room was full although it has to be said most folk seemed  to be donating generously.
The new line-up of Lindsay Hannon Plus got the ball rolling with The Doors' I Am a Spy. After some initial hesitancy new pianist James Harrison slotted in fine. James always looks as if he is having the time of his life and he probably is.  So Long Big Time and The End of a Love Affair followed before Paul Gowland joined them for The Very Thought of You.
Paul was in good form. Lullaby of Birdland showed off all five to advantage.
Lindsay took a well-earned breather and Graham Hardy stepped up to join Paul for a blistering I'll Remember April. I may not remember April but I'll certainly remember this! Graham's trumpet solo was almost saxophonic in its long flowing lines, Paul matched him and James managed to slot in a quote from Royal Garden Blues. John Pope too had humorous moments during his prodigious bass solo whilst Mark kicked seven shades out of the kit in the exchange of 4's and 8's with Paul.
Interval time.
High Level Bitter was tonight's chosen brew and it went down well with the delights on stage.
The second set saw Gabby open up with (not so) Softly as in a Morning Sunrise complete with scat chorus. Over the past couple of years her voice and stage presence have reached a stage where she can command an audience's rapt attention. Apart from Gabby, Paul blew an emotive solo on Good Morning Heartache.
Tonight was starting to look like a late Gig of the Year contender!
A young man, Keiron, was next. Totally unaccompanied he sang the verse to a well known standard but what was it?
This day and age we’re living in
Gives cause for apprehension
With speed and new invention
And things like Third Dimension
Yet we get a trifle weary
Of Mr. Einstein’s theory
So we must get down to earth at times
Relax relieve the tension.
No matter what the progress
Or what may yet be proved
The simple facts of life are such
They cannot be removed…
You must remember this...
As Time Goes By. Sung beautifully.
Graham and Paul worked out on Cherokee at tempo de lick then another tender moment.
Belinda Voshtina sang When Sunny Gets Blue accompanied only by James on keyboard. I prayed nobody would drop a pin - it would have been deafening.
Nobody did although the applause at the end showed the audience's approval.
Zoe did the business on You'd be so Nice to Come Home to followed by BSH's latest reviewer Dave Weisser who, sans trumpet, sang I Love The Life I Live - excellent.
As I left for the number 27, Lindsay was taking off on Caravan.
It had been quite a night!
Lance.

2 comments :

Lance said...

PS: I should have also mentioned that Lindsay was fantastic!

Bill and Maureen said...

What a great night out it was at the Bridge last night. Hope the people who organized it get a big thank you, especially Zoe.

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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.
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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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