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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.

Until July 21

Today Tuesday July 16

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

Gala Big Band w. ALAN BARNES: Strictly Come BRASSing - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £15.00. (£12.00. concs.). A Durham Brass Festival event.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc. raffle). RCJ with Don Armstrong (clarinet, saxophone, penny whistle, vocals).

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SOLD OUT!

Zoe Rahman & Laura MacDonald - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192.. 8:00pm. £12.00. (£10.00. concs.). JNE.

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Northern Monkey Brass Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Djangologie @ Bridge Hotel, Newcastle - JNE Xmas Party.

Emma Fisk (vln); James Birkett/Giles Strong (gtr); Mick Shoulder (bs).
A good crowd and a good band - what more do you need for a Xmas Party? Nothing!
This Jazz North East celebration of Christmas was indeed a Cracker. An absolutely perfect gig by four immaculate players.
First time I'd heard Emma Fisk since she was, in my eyes and ears, the "Revelation of the 2013 Whitley Bay Classic Jazz Party" earlier this year. Back on familiar territory, Emma swung even more. Single saxophone -like lines culminating in chordal thrashes put Emma high on the hypothetical musician of the year list. Indeed the whole band should be up there. James Birkett is simply the guitarists' guitarist. Any style, James can handle it. Giles may be playing the ingénue on rhythm guitar but, on those moments when the cage is opened, he proves he too can fly.
Mick Shoulder's bass credentials are written in tablets of stone but his composing abilities are less well known. Several of his pieces were included in tonight's program and it must be said, they were so much in tune with the idiom they could have been written by Django or Stephane themselves.
And do you know what the highlight of an evening of highlights was?
The encore - Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer! Yes, played in a minor key, this was arguably the best instrumental version yet of this much maligned Xmas favourite.
There are lots of great Hot Club bands around both here and abroad but take it from me - Djangologie rank with the best
Chapeaux Madame et Messieurs! 
Lance.
More photos.

1 comment :

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Not only for Christmas, but every party is a big fun only with a big fun loving crowed and fantastic DJ band. Thanks for interesting blog.

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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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Lance