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Barry Harris (in 1981): "There is not one place in the world that you can find more jazz musicians from than Detroit." - (DownBeat, September 2019).

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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 Saturday August 17

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see above).

Newcastle Jazz Festival - Tyne Bank Brewery, Walker Road, Newcastle NE6 2AB. Tel: 0191 265 2828. £15.00. All day event, line-up:

Zoë Gilby & Andy Champion (1:30pm)

Alan Law Trio (2:40pm)

Mark Williams Trio (3:50pm)

Emma Fisk & James Birkett (5:00pm)

(Evening)

Alexander Bone (6:15pm)

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band (7:45pm).

Blues/Funk/Soul

King Snake - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Lickety Split @ The Star Inn. July 17

Eddie Bellis (trombone), John Hudson (tenor saxophone), Alan Marshall (alto saxophone), Kevin Eland (trumpet & flugelhorn), Roy Willis (guitar), Bill Brittain (keyboards), Alan Rudd (electric bass) & Paul Wight (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Eddie Bellis’ Lickety Split began by playing to the faithful few at the Star Inn on Westgate Road in Newcastle. It was oppressively hot and a big ‘do’ just up the road at the Discovery Museum hit audience numbers. No matter, Bellis’ classy outfit played for the few and, no doubt, their own enjoyment. The tunes choice, the ensemble work first rate, the soloists polished, any jazz fan walking in off the street couldn’t fail to be impressed.
Joyspring, So What? – quality material, so good a couple of Star non-jazz regulars got up to dance! Then the cavalry arrived. The big band gig up the road finished (two hundred in attendance) and those still standing rolled into the Star for some more jazz. Lift Off, led- off by bandleader Bellis, upped the ante, Doxy, Well, You Needn’t (frontline solos), What’s New?, the choice tunes just kept coming. Drummer Paul Wight’s brushwork on Bolivia took the honours on the night as Alan Marshall (alto) and Kevin Eland (flugelhorn) crafted solos and Roy Willis’ chords briefly came to the fore. All too soon the final number – On Green Dolphin Street – concluded another winning set from Lickety Split.
Russell.



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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