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Abdullah Ibrahim: "For me jazz is the highest form of music." - (DownBeat, September 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 Saturday August 24

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Mellow Baku - St Augustine's Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm. £10.00. (under 16s free). Line-up: Mello Baku (vocals), John Hallam (reeds), Andy Dickens (trumpet), Ian Bateman (trombone), Tom Kincaid (piano), Rachel Hayward (guitar, banjo), John Day (double bass), Nick Millward (drums).

Jo Harrop w Paul Edis Trio - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 1:00pm. £10.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Boys of Brass - Bill Quay Beer & Music Festival, Brack Terrace, Bill Quay, Gateshead NE10 0TT. 3:00-4:30pm. (Festival 1:00-11pm). Tickets: £10.

Xhosa Cole-Francis Tulip Quintet - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 4:00pm. £8.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Evening

Matt Anderson & Paul Edis - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 6:00pm. £6.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Tony Kofi & the Organisation - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 8:00pm. £14.00. & £12.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Picturehouse Deluxe + Kay Greyson - Bobik’s, Punch Bowl Hotel, Jesmond Road, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3JY. 8:00pm. £5.00. Line-up: Georgia Turnbull (vocals & keys), Thomas Dixon (reeds), Jamie Mackay (guitar), Adam Cornell (bass), Ben Fitzgerald (drums).

Jam session - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 10:00pm. Free. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Teresa Watson Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Jitterbug Vipers & Bluebuds @ Live Theatre. November 30.

Sarah Sharp (vcl); Slim Richey (gtr); Nancy Meaux Jeaux (Mojo); Masumi Jones (dms).
(Review by Lance)
The Jumpin' Hot Club rarely fail to deliver and this session in Live Theatre's Studio 24 up on the third floor was no exception.
The Jitterbug Vipers from Austin, Texas, are nothing if not jam-packed full of talent. Slim Richey, grey bearded survivor of a near fatal road accident, compiler of The Viper's Dictionary and guitarist par excellence, dished out the chords and the solos with apparent ease. Masumi Jones, attractive Japanese chick nicknamed "The Tokyo Tsunami", proved that neither geography nor gender matter if a drummer can swing - Masumi can swing!
"Mojo" is just about the most extrovert bassist I've yet encountered whooping and hollering as the mood takes her even if it's a dreamy ballad! Her quote, "We 're not a jazz band we're a 1930s rock band" more or less sums up the music. 
Sarah Sharp not only looks good but sings good with a voice to match. With Sarah singing to you who needs marijuana? She also wrote much of the material.
As the band's name implies, marijuana's at the core of their repertoire. When You're High, Sweet Lotus Blossom and Viper Moon being typical examples. The latter song being a beautiful ballad conjuring up weed inspired images.
Other numbers included Harry the Hipster Gibson's Who Put the Benzedrine in Mrs Murphy's Ovaltine?; What a Little Moonlight Can Do, Blue Skies, Dangerous, That Was Just the Sauce Talking and several others each one a gem.
The majority of the program was from their latest CD Phoebe's Dream and is to be recommended.
Earlier, Bluebuds (Justin Boulton (vocals, guitar & banjo), Kirk Boulton (vocals, guitar, mandolin & fiddle) & Dan Charlton (double bass).blew in from Teesside for a solid support set. It was a good set. I particularly liked Alabama Hightail and the line, "They'll put me in the slammer if they catch me with that Alabama Hightail!" - priceless.
Chapeaux Live Theatre and Jumpin' Hot Club for a great evening.
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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Lance