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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.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Mitch Laddie Band @ The Cluny. September 13

Mitch Laddie (guitar & vocals), Rhian Wilkinson (electric bass) & Matt Connor (drums)
(Review by Russell)
The much heralded Mitch Laddie chose the Cluny down in the Ouseburn Delta to record his new ‘live’ album. In his early twenties, Laddie, from County Durham, has quite a pedigree for one so young; two successful CD releases, signed to Provogue (the legendary Walter Trout’s back catalogue is the US label’s cash-cow), gigs across Europe, championed by Mr W.Trout. The Cluny bar was busy, though in the performance space things were somewhat quieter. Two Fender Strats on stands, a gigantic pedal board, Marshall stacks, all the indications were we were in for something special. Come gig time the place was packed to the rafters. The trio bounced onto the stage, ‘up’ for it.
Blues rock guitar playing of the highest standard, superb five-string bass playing from Rhian Wilkinson and the tightest of drumming from Matt Connor. Two hours later (no interval) the crowd bayed for more. The material, mostly Laddie originals, was drawn from This Time Around (the sold out first album) and Burning Bridges. Much of the material was up tempo rocking blues with Stevie Ray and Jimi obvious influences. Laddie possesses a soulful Inner City Blues side and the night drew to a close with some Hendrix. . Remarkably, ‘Voodoo Chile
Laddie’s itinerary juggles pub gigs with concert hall appearances. A pub gig somewhere in the north east is surely the place to hear him. You won’t be disappointed.       
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.
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