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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.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

What I Did In The Holidays by Ann Alex

Blog readers may have noticed my absence from the blog during the past week, although the distaff side of BSH has been well covered by Kath Jobes and Debra Milne.  (Lance likes the distaff reference; if you are puzzled, it’s something to do with weaving in Shakespeare, just ask Lance).  Anyway, I was away on a singing holiday. 
Thirteen of us formed a scratch choir and sang everything from Bach chorales to music hall to folk songs to jazz.  It was all great fun, in the beautiful Coniston area of the Lake District.  On the final evening people who wanted could perform solo so I jumped at the chance to sing jazz with the pianist from the course.  We decided to do All Of Me; Bye Bye Blackbird and Everytime We Say Goodbye. As we rehearsed, up stepped another person from the group, who said he’d love to sing as well.  I’d planned all sorts of fancy arrangements for myself, but hadn’t the heart to say ‘no’ so we sang together, each improvising a little yet trying to blend.  It turned out that Mike, my fellow singer, had been doing jazz for years and had a lovely light-toned voice. The pianist, who hadn’t played all that much jazz before, managed to work out the chords no bother.  I missed the flowing piano of a Gilligan or a Law, but it was still good.  The moral of the story is that singers have to be prepared for anything, or anyone, that crops up.  The audience said they liked it anyway!
Ann Alex 

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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