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Reuben James: "Mark [Kavuma] has such a unique sound on the horn. He lets it all hang out in a very vulnerable way when he plays ballads." - (DownBeat October 2019).

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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 September 24

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Cancelled!

JCM: In Memory of Jon Hiseman - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:00pm. £20.00. (£18.00. adv.). Clem Clemson (guitar); Mark Clarke (bass); Ralph Salmins (drums). Support: T-A-B ((Tom Atkinson Band).

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Alter Ego - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Blues

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Splinter Jam Session @ The Bridge

Alan Law (pno); John Pope (bs); Andy Champion (dms) + sitters in.
The house trio got the ball rolling with a couple of numbers including a swinging There is no Greater Love. Bass player Andy Champion was on drums, Bass player John Pope was on bass and occasional alto player Alan Law was on piano. A good combination.
Alan Law remained at the keyboard as Jim Crinson took over on bass, Eric Stutt got behind the kit, the Findens - Stuart and Fiona brandished tenors and three of the five sported trendy headgear - who says jazz is old hat?! Sartorially speaking, Alan Law's highly polished brown shoes got the verdict.
Fiona sang In a Sentimental Mood and sang it well whilst Stuart set the benchmark for tenor playing.
Kath Jobes raved over a new singer who turned up at Salsa last night and sang Smile - Christine Ben-Ameh. Well Christine turned up at the Bridge and once again sang Smile.
Kath's enthusiasm was totally justified and I've got a feeling we're going to hear a lot more about this young lady. Her soulful interpretation drew a mountain of applause.
Next up another tenor saxman whose name I didn't catch. He too wore a hat and blew up such a storm we should have all been wearing hats! Coltrane Lives! His version of Georgia on my Mind had the intensity and earthiness of a Ray Charles vocal coupled with an instrumental technique that extended the range of the tenor to a harmonic land that even piccolo players could only dream about - must be the magic hat!
By now Jonathan Marriott had taken over on drums and it was left to John Rowland to carry on the tenor odyssey with a nicely paced Ornithology followed by Over the Rainbow
Throughout, Alan Law had worked diligently and quite brilliantly behind all and sundry and was due a well-earned break. Likewise John Pope who relinquished the double bass to bassist turned drummer turned bassist Andy Champion, joined on stage by Mrs Champion - Zoe Gilby.
The bass/vocal duo did, I think, Baghdad? and Way Down in the Hole. They just get better and better.
The evening rounded off with Stu and Fiona returning for On Green Dolphin St. and God Bless the Child. There may have been more but the number 27 was on the horizon...
Splendid evening.
Photos.
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