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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 18, 2013

When in Shields Do as the Romans Do!!

For time immemorial I have spent Saturday afternoons in South Shields. The open air market is legendary, the charity shops many and the books and CDs I have picked up - with the exception of Miles' On The Corner - well worth the journey. Today however, it rained so I took shelter in a pub - Arbeias.
This used to be the British Legion Club where Charlie McKie A.K.A. Chic Cole - a talented but temperamental pianist - resided during the 1970's. It later became a glitzy disco bar the name of which I forget.  But now it's a bar et brasserie...
I'd read about it in the CAMRA magazine and was curious. As the name implies the theme was Roman. Busts of the Caesars Julius and Augustus abounded but not of the club band The Caesars who no doubt took centre stage back in the old days. The decor was distinctly art nouveau and I half expected to see Hercule Poirot emerge from behind an imitation Yukka. If he had done I'd have known the case he was on - find the missing customers! Despite the opulence, it was empty. A lady in black lace smiled appealingly and asked me if I was dining or merely drinking? I confessed to the latter sin and followed her to the bar where 7 hand-pulls, each with a sampler glass in front of them, beckoned me to try.
I groaned. I love real ale but this just wasn't the venue for them. A pint of Rivet Catcher took some pulling and wasn't wonderful. The Swedish Blonde (a beer) was better and I settled down to enjoy it on one of the plush seats.
Why am I telling you all this?
The sound system.
My ears were soothed with MJQ's Softly as in a Morning Sunrise, Brubeck's Blue Rondo, Cannonball's Mercy, Mercy, Mercy, Rollins, various Blue Note tracks, Django, a Bixian band, Stan Getz' Quiet Nights. In fact the best pub muzak I've ever heard! To top it all the manager gave me a bottle of Bohemia Lager for free saying, "It's only one day past its sell by."
I wonder why the pub was empty? Was it the music, the beer or, hopefully, the rain?
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