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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 August 19

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.

Evening

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

Friday, July 12, 2013

Michael Bublé @ O2 - July 7

(Review by Liz)
The thrills of SW19 would have been enough for many people on Sunday July 7, but for me the delights were yet to come! My surprise from my family was a trip to the 02 Arena to see Michael Bublé live, and oh my goodness I have barely come down from the clouds after the experience.
This guy is the highest grossing male live performer (Beyoncé being the female) and it is not difficult to see why after watching his faultless performance. This was the 7th of 10 shows, all sold out. He came on in a blaze of glory and just knocked our socks off with his opening number I've Got You Under my Skin. More of the same calibre followed as he went into his sentimental mood, for which he made no apologies telling his adoring audience that from being a young boy and listening to jazz records belonging to a relative he had loved this timeless genre of music.
When he went onto the more upbeat stuff such as my fave Come Dance With me ...we all did just that, up on our feet singing and dancing to that wonderful Bossa Nova rhythm, all 20 thousand of us!!
 The musicians were outstanding (particularly the drummer) individually and collectively - so often you get the one and not the other. To be in the 02 is an awesome experience, it's vast! the auditorium takes your breath away. A surprise guest towards the end of the show was fellow Canadian Brian Adams and they performed a duet together. Adams being a childhood hero of Michael’s. All too soon it was over and I had it on good authority that a boat was waiting for him on the Thames at Greenwich to whisk him back to the city centre. Having experienced the almost 2 hour traffic queue to get away I could fully understand why!
Apologies for the delay in posting but they don’t do email on Cloud 9!
Liz.

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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