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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.

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Sunday Jam @ Salsa Café

Chris Finch (pno); Dave Parker (bs); Peter Ninnins (dms); Stuart Mckie (gtr); John Rowland (ten) + some lady songsters.
(Review by Lance)
The Salsa Café has a good atmosphere and the jam session seems to be picking up. I'm informed the owner likes the session and has asked for it to continue over Xmas and in to the new year and beyond.
Sessions will run from 3pm-6pm and blowers are invited to come along and blow. The singers have already taken root but, hopefully, the horn men will regroup and infiltrate the ranks of the "Now I'm going to sing Summertime" Brigade.
In fairness, none of today's nightingales sang Summertime.
Gabby was first up (I arrived late) and sang Skylark and Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You. Skylark soared but Gee Baby didn't quite hit the groove the singer was looking for.
BSH correspondent Kath Jobes sang Bye Bye Blackbird and Imagination - our girl did good.
Gabby returned with daughter and the pair duetted on My Favourite Things. What can I say? This is how most people learn to swim!
John Rowland blew an effective Stella by Starlight and was joined by a promising pianist whose name escapes me for Misty.
The second set opened with what may have been a Chris Finch original if it was I was/am impressed. Next up, yet another BSH correspondent took to the stage. Ann Alex gave us All of Me and A Foggy Day. the latter had some confusion intro-wise but, once the mist had cleared, the sun was shining everywhere. Well done AA.
Jen Errington's September in the Rain was a knock out and her I Only Have Eyes For You overcome another intro mishap to draw top applause.
I'd never heard Jenny sing before although I'd seen her around on the scene. Her chosen songs were Night and Day and Body and Soul. - two of the hardest songs in the gasbook. She handled them.
Singers apart, John Rowland blew some throaty tenor, Stuart McKie and Chris Finch kept the chordal base reinforced, Ninnin on drums booted it along and Dave Parker was, as ever, at the heart of things.
This afternoon jam is good but we need more horn players to come and have a blow.
More photos.
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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