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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.

Until July 21

Today Tuesday July 16

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

Gala Big Band w. ALAN BARNES: Strictly Come BRASSing - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £15.00. (£12.00. concs.). A Durham Brass Festival event.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc. raffle). RCJ with Don Armstrong (clarinet, saxophone, penny whistle, vocals).

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SOLD OUT!

Zoe Rahman & Laura MacDonald - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192.. 8:00pm. £12.00. (£10.00. concs.). JNE.

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Northern Monkey Brass Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Monday, December 10, 2012

This is What I Do - Gerry Richardson's Big Idea @ The Sage.

Gerry Richardson (Hammond/vocal); Rod Sinclair (gtr); Garry Linsley (alto); Stuart Johnson (tenor/soprano); Sue Ferris (baritone/ tenor. flute); Dave Hignett, Mark Webb (trumpets); David Gray (trombone); Neil Harland (bass); Paul Smith (drums); Liz Corney, Lindsay Hannon (backing vocals) 
This could have been called Gerry Richardson's Even Bigger Idea featuring as it did backing vocalists and an extra trumpet. 
So Many Reasons kicked off the album launch. it also closed the show when an encore was demanded. In between, Gerry, sans bass pedals, made the Hammond roar and  sang/played the tracks from the new CD which constituted the excellent opening set. This included, among others, Ska Odyssey featuring new kid on the block David Gray in an extended big brassy toned trombone solo, Gil Scott-Heron's Lady Day and John Coltrane with Rod Sinclair to the fore and Sue Ferris was impressive throughout - particularly on a flute piece titled Song of Ferris (or something similar). Sue also blew some gutsy baritone. Garry Linsley was his usual cool self on alto and Neal Harland a suitable replacement for Gerry's feet. Liz and Lindsay added an extra dimension although a touch more volume would have been welcome.
Interval time and the bar area soon filled and friends old and new passed judgement.
It was favourable and comparisions were drawn with Georgie Fame and Mose Allison.
Back in Hall Two, Gerry kicked off with Take The T ee Train, African Sunset saw Dave "Highnote" have a blast and Paul Smith got in a parradiddle or two although Paul's piece de Resistance came towards the end with an awesome display of speed drumming.
It was a good, well-attended launch.
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.
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