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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, January 02, 2014

CD Review: Beautiful Love: Paulinho Garcia

Paulinho Garcia (acoustic guitar and vocals).
(Review by Ann Alex.)
I’d describe this as a romantic easy-listening CD rather than jazz, one for us ladies to play during a candle-lit evening spent with someone we love, and I’m not talking about your dad or your brother!
Fifteen tracks of mostly jazz standards accompanied by skilful but understated guitar, a few tracks sung in Portuguese and Spanish and also a self-penned song Do You Remember Me?  The whole performance is infused with a ‘latin’ feel, tango and bossa nova, from the opening song by Jobin  Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar right through to the last (folk) song,  Casinha Pequenina. 
The songs sung in English sound utterly charming in a Spanish accent.  So we are treated to standards such as When I Fall In Love; Like Someone In Love; Beautiful Love; That Old Feeling; But Beautiful.  Boulevard Of Broken Dreams is a more melancholy, song, sensitively sung (quote ‘but I left my soul behind me in an old cathedral town’). I was surprised but pleased to hear Lionel Bart’s Where Is Love from the musical Oliver, which comes out well with a latin beat.  The jazziest track is Bluesette, with lively guitar and some gentle scat.  Garcia’s voice has pleasing low tones and warm rich higher notes.
Brazilian-born Garcia is not generally known to American jazz audiences although he is a prolific recording artist based in Chicago and is regularly involved in the international concert circuit.  The CD, not surprisingly, is due to be released on Valentine’s day in 2014 on the Jazzmin Records label as a co-production with Shrinktunes Media.
Ann Alex 

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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