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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).

Evening

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Iceni: EP Launch @ Nancy’s Bordello; Friday July 12

Lindsay Hannon (vocals, bass); Elizabeth Corney (vocals, keys); Caroline Roach (vocals, drums)
(Review by Ann Alex)
Forget about women singing love songs, this was something quite different, intelligent songs about life, with attitude, imagination, humour, all originals composed by the band, and very good musicianship. Not a jazz gig but well worth reviewing for the blog. The Iceni were apparently a Celtic tribe during Roman times, connected with Boadicea, and Lindsay had dressed for the part, flimsy pale dress and golden criss-cross sandals, plaited hair, a suggestion of the goddess, with a bass guitar instead of a lyre.  White fairy lights round the bass drum added to the atmosphere. The audience stood in front of the stage wowing the band on, knowing many of the songs. Good harmony singing, sometimes wonderfully dissonant, the keys illustrating the words, instrumental breaks, constantly repeated riffs such as ‘I’m scared of my own genius’, drums commenting, and a steady effective bass.
Best heard rather than described, so I’ll simply mention one song as an example.  Thief And Fool (it’s on the EP – in fact, not surprisingly, as this was the launch of the EP, they all were!) has Lindsay as the main voice singing about an abusive relationship from which the woman intends to escape, the keys reflecting the emotions with deep strong notes for strength, and a spoken chorus (chorus as in rock song, not jazz) ‘realistically he does it to be cruel’. A really enjoyable set and I intend to see them again, and congratulations to the band for keeping up the pace on such a warm evening.  A review of the EP is to follow.
I should mention that the evening began with a young band, Three Thousand Two Hundred Tigers, sorry don’t know their names, but there were two guitars, a female vocalist with loads of spirit, and a DJ with (I think) a small keyboard, drums and a cymbal.  Perhaps all DJ’s have this equipment as standard nowadays, I must learn more.  This band had an interesting sound and was well supported by the audience as well.
Download Iceni single Trail of Dead.
Ann Alex

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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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Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance