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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 Monday August 19

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

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

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Puppini Sisters @ Sage Gateshead

Marcella Puppini (vcls/uke/acc. sleigh bells), Kate Mullins (vcls, uke, sleigh bells), Emma Smith (vcls, uke, melodica, sleigh bells); + guitar, bass, drums.
(Review by Lance)
The three-tier full Hall Two audience didn't mind the fact that the concert started 45 minutes late.  Accepting the traffic and the weather conditions as fair reason. The mood was festive and it was well worth the wait.
The girls were in good voice and Jingle Bells will never be quite the same again after this sashaying, hip swivelling version - it was certainly fun to ride on this three horse (Derby winners all) open sleigh.
Mister Sandman - reminiscent of The Chordettes - followed by Santa Baby. With three Eartha Kitt's on one stage, man this was as close to heaven as one gets in a lifetime!
All three played ukes with Emma also blowing melodica and Marcella hiding her charms behind an accordion.
As always, the influence of the Andrews Sisters and the Boswell Sister were omnipresent which was no bad thing. Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen, Alexander's Ragtime Band, Silent Night, Good Morning, Last Christmas I Gave You My Heart, Winter Wonderland and the Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy From Company B all conspired to make this a knock-out first set and, lest I forget, guitar, double bass and drums were right on the money - unfortunately I didn't get their names.
For the second set the girls had changed from the yellow short skirted Sandra Dee outfits into send the men up the wall ensembles! Kate in a sheathe-like gown,  Marcella (above left) in a dress that fitted where it touched and there were few places it didn't touch and Emma in a short figure hugging sparkly affair with a split up the side. This was serious provocation I'm pleased to say.

However, despite all this eye candy, it didn't detract from the musical content which included; All I Want For Christmas is You, a song in French-inspired by Brigette Bardot, Side by Side à la Kay Starr, Tain't What You Do, Let it Snow, Step Into Christmas and several others.
The applause was tumultuous and we left with a festive glow surrounding us and if it had snowed, which it didn't, we'd have happily sang Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow all the way home!
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