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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 Wednesday July 24

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings @ Sage Gateshead November 19

Bill Wyman (bs gtr); Frank Mead (sax/vcl/hca) Nick Payn (sax/hca); Geraint Watkins (keys/vcl); Albert Lee (gtr/vcl); Terry Taylor (gtr/vcl); Graham Broad (dms); Beverly Skeete (vcl) + Maria Muldaur (vcl).
Good old fashioned Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Blues, Jazz - you name it, you got it!
Vocals galore and mind-blowing solos to boot. The only thing that puzzled me was why weren't the audience boppin' and jivin' in the aisles? Then I looked about me - there were as many grey hairs and bald pates as you get at the average north-east jazz concert. More in fact as Hall One, whilst not full to the rafters, had a respectably crowded two tiers with a sprinkling on the third.
This was fun with the two saxes not only laying down the jazz but choreographing their riffs like a 1940s band at Harlem's Apollo Theatre. Both horns doubled on blues harp, jaw harp and Mead had a few vocal blasts as well. Likewise guitarists Lee and Taylor sang the blues and burned the fretboard. Taylor also proved to be a raconteur of the first order getting plenty laughs.
Watkins, depping for an ailing Georgie Fame, also drew the belly laughs as well as the plaudits for his keyboarding and singing.
Beverly Skeete continues to add beauty and vocal skills to the ensemble whilst special guest Maria Muldaur added her own personality to the shebang.
Could it really be 40 years since Midnight at the Oasis? Maria wears it well.
Wyman? Cool, laid back, he did the job and absorbed the jokes - "He's on Sanatogen and Ovaltine" quipped Taylor.
Set list: (1) Chicken Shack (Watkins); Do You Like Soul Music? (Beverly); Good Mornin' Captain (Lee); Just Your Fool (Mead); I'm A Woman, Steady Love; I'll Be So Glad (3 x Maria); Time is on my Side (Watkins); Talk to me Baby (Taylor); Jitterbug Boogie (Lee); Good Rockin' (Beverly/Maria).
(2): It's a Man's World (Beverly); Sugar Babe (Mead); Jump Jive (Lee); 300 lbs of Joy (Watkins); I'll be Satisfied (Beverly); Race With the Devil (Taylor/Lee); Rich Man's Woman's Blues; Midnight at the Oasis; Don't You Feel My Leg (3 x Maria); Johnny B. Goode (Watkins); I Just Want to Make Love to You (Beverly).
There was, no doubt an encore or six, but I was satisfied with what I'd heard and the bus beckoned.
Very enjoyable evening for those who can cross the genres.
Lance.

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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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Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance