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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.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Paul Gowland Quartet @ The Star Inn. May 15.

Paul Gowland (ten); Mike Papapavlou (gtr); Ray Truscott (bs); Lewis West (dms) + Kevin Eland (tpt); Dave Weisser (cor); Chris Finch (flug); Peter Ninnims (dms).
(Review by Lance)
Have You Met Miss Jones? was Paul Gowland's musical query. We knew the lady well - or so we thought!
Turns out she's a right little raver in the hands of Gowland, Mike P, Truscott and young West! They took her on a rollercoaster ride to Paradise and beyond. Later, they shared her for four bars at a time before taking her home - God knows what she told her mother!
Next up, Coltrane's Afro Blue. Everyone's heard of Coltrane's famous Sheets of Sound well let me tell you, these weren't sheets - they were 15 TOG duvets! Gowland went for the jugular on this one.
Michael Brecker's enigmatic Midnight Voyage, more restrained but still compelling listening, the oft played bossa Wave, a luxuriant What's New and finally Wayne Shorter's Black Nile brought the set to a close.
Mike P, as ever, displaying delightful dexterity throughout the set. When Mike departs to continue his studies in New York it will be a major loss to the local scene although we do, of course, wish him well. Mike can also be heard at Newcastle Uni tomorrow afternoon (Thursday May 16) at 5pm.
Six String Truscott on bass guitar laid the foundation - powerhouse underpinnings and imaginative solos - whilst yet another young drummer of talent has emerged in the form of Lewis West.
The second set featured the brass section! Kevin Eland took the roof off with a Fergie (Maynard) style blast on C Jam Blues, Dave Weisser added subtlety on cornet and Chris Finch played mellifluous flugel horn. Interwoven among it all PG gave them a few tips and Mike showed he is up for "The Apple".
Dave and Paul blew Willow Weep For me with Ninnims taking over on kit. Speak Low was a medium tempo swing and the final Au Privave (I think) saw the set nicely home and Chelsea beat Benfica 2-1 to complete a feelgood night.
Next week it's Ian Paterson's Slowlight Quartet.
Photos.
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.
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