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James Carter: "We played around with 'Nuages' and FUNKED it up, basically." - (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 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.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Jazz - Sounds of the 20th Century by James Birkett @ The Sage, Gateshead

(Review by Lance)
Jazz - Sounds of the 20th Century  sums up the 20th Century and the current one too! "But", I hear you cry, "Jazz is dead - it's a minority music - like Gregorian chants."
Wrong! Rock and its derivations may rule the waves but all are directly or indirectly jazz based. The Rock guys may turn up the decibels but, at the end of the day, they are doing what jazz musicians have been doing since the start of the previous century - maybe before - improvising..
James Birkett in his one hour illustrated lecture (one hour for the history of jazz? Even the Complete Works of Shakespeare got 90 minutes!) managed to cover a broad spectrum beginning and ending with Louis Armstrong. In between we had YouTube clips, audio, and even the Benny Goodman Quartet - Sweet Sue - played on a wind-up 78rpm gramophone. Apart from the hiss, I thought it had the best sound of them all! I know you're saying, "Well he would, wouldn't he?!".
It was very well attended, deservedly so.
In the time-slot it was inevitable that so many giants had to be overlooked. Bird and Diz. for example. 
James' ref to Miles' My Funny Valentine as a recording that paid scant attention to the actual melody could have also been linked to Parker's Embraceable You or Hawks' Body and Soul..
It was so well done that, the disappointment we may have felt that Professor Birkett himself wasn't going to actually demonstrate Django's style (maybe he has too many fingers) was tempered by a YouTube clip of Django and the Hot Club guys. I'd seem it before but it is so wonderfully atmospheric - the clothes, the cigarettes, the wine, the card game and, naturally, Grappelli - make it well worth watching again and again.
Keith Jarrett played Over The Rainbow (on YouTube) so sensitively that I was terrified to cough! 
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.
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