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YolanDa Brown: "Ron Dennis (former McLaren Formula 1 chairman) introduced me as 'the Lewis Hamilton of the jazz world'. I thought, 'I'll take that'." - (i newspaper July 17, 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.

Until July 21

Today Wednesday July 17

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Julija Jacenaite & Steve Glendinning - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Whiplash - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 7:30pm. £5.00. Screening of Damien Chazelle's award-winning film.

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Darlington Big Band - Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Longfield Road, Darlington DL3 0HX. Tel: 01325 380401. 8:00pm. Free.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

CD Launch: Kai Hoffman: Do It While You Can @ Ronnie's Bar.

Kai Hoffman (vocals); Gunther Kurmayr (piano); Geoff Gascoyne (double bass); Sebastiaan de Krom (drums).
(Review by Lance.)
Ann Alex reviewed Kai Hoffman's latest CD enthusiastically - click here. However, just in case she was working for "The Sisterhood", I decided to check out the Launch at Ronnie's for myself!
As we waited for the doors opening I noted, across Frith Street, a blue plaque to no less a musician than Mozart. Little did he know how close he'd got to the big time!
In the upstairs venue known as Ronnie's Bar, the wine was flowing and '50s rock and roll was coming from the speakers. Kai was being sociable in a figure hugging black satin dress that looked good and was au fait with the music.
More vino then we were off! The dress had been replaced with a pink strapless affair - this was Marilyn 1954 but Kia was Kia 2013!
Some Boys took us through the album tracks culminating in Sweet Georgia Brown. I thought that Anita O'Day had made this her own but, tell you what, if she were alive, Anita would be looking over her shoulder and maybe Kia would have slipped past on the other side - both had/have great dress sense!
This was a sensational performance despite the high level of conversation in the adjunct. Apart from Kai, the guys in the band gave her perfect backing and Kurmayr's solos were exceptional. .
Prior to the performance, Walter Love of BBC Irish Radio introduced Kai in glowing terms - as soon as we heard her sing we knew it wasn't blarney!
Photos
Lance.
Kai Hoffman: Do It While You Can is now available on itunes or from Amazon or check out here.

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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