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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.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

GIJF Day 3: Alexander Hawkins & Louis Moholo-Moholo + Bonga, Mwamba & Champion

(Review by Russell)
The closing concert of the 2013 Gateshead International Jazz Festival brought together two generations of improvising musicians. From Oxford, pianist Alexander Hawkins and from South Africa, drummer and elder statesman of the music Louis Moholo-Moholo
An opening support set featured three friends. Gateshead’s Andy Champion (double bass), Corey Mwamba (vibes) and Ntshuks Bonga (alto & soprano saxophones) first met and played together as a trio at the Bridge Hotel in Newcastle. To see them on stage together at an established international festival confirmed their individual and collective rising star status. Three improvised pieces developed from the stillness. Mwamba breathed life into his instrument, Champion’s fragile gossamer figures awaited their fate - a fate determined by Bonga’s penetrating alto. Mwamba’s vibes erupted in fury, bass responded, bow drawn then still once more. Louis Moholo-Moholo, virtuoso musician and hero of the Anti Apartheid struggle, met up with Alex Hawkins a few years ago and they have developed a lasting creative partnership. The South African is the senior partner in the relationship. The relentless drive from the traps invigorated Hawkins’ brilliant performance at the Steinway. Shouts of encouragement and audible expressions of joyful release from the drum master added to the drama of it all. The duo maintained eye contact for long periods, immersed in their music-making. A spontaneous, abrupt end came with Moholo-Moholo declaring he had said everything he wanted to say. Then a change of heart. He wanted to play on. They played on. A legendary figure of the music on the banks of the Tyne. Who would have thought it? Thanks Louis, thanks Alex. A gig to remember.       
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.)
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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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