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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.

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

Monday, September 30, 2013

CD Review: Frank Potenza Quartet - For Joe.

Frank Potenza, John Pisano (gtr); Jim Hughart (bs); Colin Bailey (dms).
(Review by Roly V.)
When you listen to a new CD and feel compelled to listen to it over and over, it must be a good one!
Guitarist Frank Potenza is a Joe Pass protégée who has gone on to work with many jazz luminaries among them Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody and Mose Allison. You can see why – he has subtle accompaniment skills, is capable of exciting yet lyrical improvisations and all executed with a gorgeous, singing tone.
On this recording, as the title implies a tribute to the late Joe Pass, he joins with the very players who were with Pass when he made the classic For Django album back in 1964. Fellow guitarist John Pisano is a seasoned veteran, a much admired player's player, who has worked with many top international artists. Bassist Jim Hughart and drummer Colin Bailey complete the quartet. All are wonderful sympathetic, unselfish, listening rhythm section players who must be a joy to work with. The four support each other in a delightful way all contributing to a jazz guitar CD that must stand with the best around.
The style is essentially bebop and there is more than a hint of Pass in Potenza's playing, but he is no copyist. Pisano too has a fair amount of solo opportunity and there are some delightful contrapuntal exchanges between the two, the intro to Earl Hines' Rosetta in particular.
Difficult to pick out high points in a CD of such overall high standard. There are two very nice colla voce intros from Potenza to For Django, the well known Pass composition, and Ellington's Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me. Both guitarists enjoy a tear up on another Pass composition Catch Me and there is a lovely samba, Voce by Menescal/Boscoli. Pisano plays the head on his own tune Blues for Joe.
I think this CD will appeal to anyone interested in high class jazz guitar in the Joe Pass tradition but more than that, to anyone who simply appreciates beautifully played jazz whatever the instrumentation. No doubt whatsoever – Joe would have a big smile of approval.
Frank Potenza Quartet - For Joe is available on Capri Records.
Roly.

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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.
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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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