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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.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2013 Preview

Friday 5 April. The Sage. Hall Two. 8:00 pm
Soweto Kinch: The Legend of Mike Smith + Zara MacFarlane
(Preview by Russell)
Alto saxophonist Soweto Kinch is the real deal. A virtuoso musician, Kinch is rooted in the urban culture of his generation, embracing hip hop as the valid art form it is. Jazz as an art form can be insular and somewhat conservative. The hip hop tag should not dissuade the jazz fan from hearing Kinch - he will be a revelation, ears will be opened and CDs will sell like hot cakes. Kinch on alto is as good as it gets. You like Eric Dolphy, you think Peter King is the business, you’ll love Soweto Kinch. Hearing him rapping is poetry (jazz poetry) in (supersonic) motion. It all makes sense, it ain’t nonsense. Politically charged (don’t switch-off), a running (sprinting) commentary of all that matters, hear Kinch free-styling and be amazed. His current pre-occupation is The Legend of Mike Smith an epic double CD charting the travails of our eponymous hero, the  aspiring MC Mike Smith. The jazz is sublime, the rap rhyme devine (believe me Kinch can do better than that!). His new trio is A* standard and can be heard on the opening night of the Gateshead International Jazz Festival in Hall Two; Shaney Forbes (drums) and double bassist Karl Rashid-Abel will confirm that the new generation of British jazz musicians is as good as their illustrious predecessors. A support set by Zara MacFarlane is something to look forward to. MacFarlane’s star is fast rising. Catch her now in the intimate confines of Hall Two as next time she could well be headlining in Hall One! There is much to recommend in this year’s festival, if there is a better concert than Soweto Kinch it will be, as they say, ‘something else’.   
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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Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance