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Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).

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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 September 16

Afternoon

Jazz

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

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.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Paul Edis Trio @ The Gala, Durham. Friday November 1.

Paul Edis, piano, Mick Shoulder, bass, Adam Sinclair, drums.
(Review and photos by Jerry)
“If I don’t like the jazz,” said the man at the bar to Paul and Mick (presumably unaware of who they were!), “at least I can get a drink”. Edis and Shoulder eyebrows were simultaneously raised – but not their hackles! An hour later, the man was still there, and applauding. Presumably he was won over!
It was a full house – 80+ people and others, apparently, turned away. The lunchtime format really does seem to be a winner, both here and at the Lit & Phil in Newcastle where today’s set-list was first used back in March – a fine selection of Monk, Evans, Ellington and Brubeck interspersed with biographical detail and musical comments about time-signatures, influences etc. Ideal for the audience, many of whom stayed back at the end to compliment the musicians and to buy CD’S (a queue even!!!).
There were unconventional compliments during the programme as well: after one Bill Evans number a talkative punter in the front row said, “I almost fell asleep during that one. I mean that in a good way, of course”. “Feel free,” said Paul, “just don’t snore!”
Half-term, I know, but there were children in the audience today. Now that IS nice to see at a jazz gig!
My favourite thing? – Well, all of it really, but quote-spotting I thought I got a burst of The Simpsons during one solo: I’m sure Monk, or Brubeck would have approved!
Jerry

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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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