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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.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Newcastle Big Band Fans Tune in Tomorrow to Radio 4 - "PM" Programme

An opportunity has come about to talk about John Pearce, my first husband and father of Anna and James, on Radio 4's 'pm' programme. (By Angi) 
This is possible because of a record that was made of the Newcastle Big Band shortly before John died in April 1974.  There were 2000 copies made and sold.  Andy Hudson, who was the brilliant originator and leader of the band, tells me that they are now collector's items - not because of John but because of the bass guitar, Gordon Sumner aka Sting of The Police!
I am excited (think that's the word - nervous certainly applies) to be being interviewed by Eddie Mair on a nostalgia slot on Radio 4's PM programme tomorrow  but the thought of John's trumpet playing being heard over the airwaves is wonderful and would thrill him to bits! 
John spent literally hours writing individual parts for all the members of the Big Band, for every tune they played, as well as rehearsing the almost impossibly high trumpet notes (top D) as heard on the recording of 'MacArthur Park'.
Perhaps those people who crowded into the University Theatre bar in Newcastle to listen to the Big Band every Sunday in the 70s may be listening and can enjoy the memories, too.
Angi.
         PS: Program goes on air at 5pm -(Angi's on at 5:50pm.)  Link

2 comments :

Lance said...

Angi, those were beautiful words - I was almost in tears myself. Very emotive and a poignant memory of those bygone days and worth waiting for the 50 minutes of the hourlong program it took to get there.

russell said...

Having heard the programme I think its time to play my copy of the LP again.

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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