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Mark Walker: "A drummer in a big band is always happy. It's like driving a big bus." - (Downbeat, August 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 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 09, 2013

Lickety Split @ Ashington Jazz Club Sept. 4

Eddie Bellis (trombone), John Hudson (ten. Sax.), Alan Marshall (alto. Sax.), Kevin Eland (tpt.), Bill Britain (Keyboard), Alan Rudd  (bs gtr.), Roy Willis (gtr.), Paul Wight (dms.).
(Review and photo by Peter S.)
This impressive small Big Band made its third appearance at AJC and they get better with every performance. Well  organised and rehearsed, each arrangement skillfully presented and the members know the parts they play moving seamlessly from soloist to soloist and enjoying a professional creative musical event. The blend is as smooth as strawberries and cream and every course on the menu is served to the customers with pleasure. There is no doubt that these musicians can with great dexterity work each instrument and themselves as a well balanced unit.
Front line harmonies are superb and the back room staff support with skill and self assurance. It was a very warm evening at the AJC and the lads did well to play so well in the extreme conditions and "something cool " was  needed at times within the music while some numbers were hot and extensive and some melodic and innovative.
Programme:- Bags Groove, Blues Walk, Joy Spring. Afternoon in Paris, Lift Off, Sister Sadie, Doxy, Well You Needn't, Whisper Not, Three Putt,
What's New? Bolivia, Green Dolphin Street, Around 12 a.m. I'm Beginning to See the Light......and others. (I may not have got them all)
The AJC members had a good night and so we continue to bring a variety of Jazz to Ashington.
One final comment - the origins of the name Lickety Split is a mystery to me. I did invite the musicians to offer their thoughts but they seemed to be vague
about this, pointing to leader Eddie. I think they may have signed the unofficial Jazz secrets Act. I'm no wiser tho' Lickety Splits as ice cream would have been very acceptable on Wednesday.
Next Month - Wednesday October 2  at the earlier start of 8.00 p.m.
Maureen Hall and Rendezvous Jazz.

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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