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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 Tuesday July 23

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

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood; Paul Grainger; Matt MacKellar.

Archipelago & J Frisco + Mark Williams Trio - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £9.90.

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

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Jeremy McMurray-Roly Veitch Quartet with Mark Toomey @ Blaydon Jazz Club Christmas Party. December 15

Jeremy McMurray (piano), Roly Veitch (guitar & vocals), Neil Harland (double bass), Adam Sinclair (drums) & Mark Toomey (alto saxophone)
(Review by Russell)
The Black Bull on Bridge Street hosted Blaydon Jazz Club’s Christmas Party. A good turn out ensured the traditional buffet met expectations – plenty for all! Raffles prizes were plentiful, so much so that it was short odds on winning a prize. All of this, of course, was but icing on the Christmas jazz cake. The musicians, hand picked for the occasion, offered a cast iron guarantee of quality. No need to keep your receipt in the event of returning an unwanted gift on Boxing Day.
Erstwhile house pianist Jeremy McMurray made the journey from Teesside, so too altoist Mark Toomey, to link up with Blaydon’s main man Roly Veitch and the ace bass and drums pairing of Neil Harland and Adam Sinclair. The set list couldn’t be anything other than a Hep Cat’s Gasbook delight. High Spirits, East of the Sun, My Little Suede Shoes, Just Friends, The Nearness of You, Ornithology – every one a winner. Mark Toomey’s Bird affiliations are well known and he didn’t disappoint. His command of the language of bop clearly evident, Toomey took flight, secure in the knowledge that the ground crew – bassist Harland and drummer Sinclair – would guide him back to earth without mishap. Co-pilots Veitch (guitar and vocals) and pianist McMurray took the controls from time to time allowing Toomey to catch his breath. Parker’s Mood, one of many high points, heard Toomey at his best with subtle support from Veitch, Jeremy McMurray excelled throughout; left hand working overtime and to fit the season, quotes poured forth, be it carols or classic tunes. Truly impressive.
Blaydon Jazz Club always delivers the goods and this session at the Black Bull presented a wonderful early Christmas present. Thank you Santa.              
Russell.

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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