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Sting: "It was great. They [the River City Jazzmen] all wore blue suits. The band had been together for about twenty years, which was the same age as the suits." - (Melody Maker Sept. 22, 1979).

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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 October 21

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.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:00pm/5:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Big Bear Stompers @ Customs House South Shields May 10.

Dave Moorwood (ldr/bjo/vcl); Andy Woon, Tony Davis (tpts); Gavin Lee (clt/sop); Bob Wilson (tmb); Perry Lock (pno); John Arthy (tuba); Andy Crisp (vcl); Judy Eames (vcl).
(Review by Lance.)
In the beginning there was King Oliver and his Creole Jazz Band in New Orleans, then, 20 or more years later, his music was revived in San Francisco by Lu Waters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band whose re-creation was itself revived by the Big Bear Stompers in the Midlands (UK). in 1989 - they have been stomping ever since or as one of the numbers went, Charlestoning Back to Charleston!
Tonight was rather special for the audience at the Customs House as, depping on clarinet and soprano was Gavin Lee who hails from but a few miles down the coast. This was his first time with the band and he soloed and read the parts (yes music stands to the fore) as if he'd been a founder member!
The two trumpets worked well together their contrasting styles complementing each other. Andy Woon the more flamboyant, Davis a little more restrained but effective in his own way. Bob Wilson slid nicely into the front line and leader Moorwood was full of jollity and banjo and vocal on the aforementioned Charleston number. This really was Goodtime Jazz,
The engine room chomped and stomped, Lock played idiomatic piano, Arthy the tuba, hidden behind the monster supplied the pulse and Crisp did the business, temple blocks and all.
Judy Eames on vocal gave us Squeeze Me, My Honey's Lovin' Arms, Gulf Coast Blues, Milenberg Joys, Trouble in Mind - a splendid version of Too Busy and You Ain't the One which featured the horns doing 8s, 4s, 2s, that worked well.
Instrumentals included Irish Black Bottom, C'mon and Stomp, Delta Moon,, Buddy's Habits, Midnight Stomp, Working Man Blues and a Moorwood original, Emperor Norton's Hunch.
It was a good session and if you missed it, catch them at Trinity Church and Centre, Gosforth High Street tonight (Saturday May 11)
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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Lance