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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.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Dean Stockdale - Solo piano recital @ the Lit and Phil

Dean Stockdale (piano).
(Review by Lance).
The piano is without doubt the king of instruments. No need for bass and drums when you've got a well tuned baby grand - particularly when it's played by Dean Stockdale.
A slightly smaller in numbers crowd than usual (where were JNE? This would have been an ideal gig to promote this weekend's fundraiser) who were treated to a delightful hour of music with a capital J.
Like Someone in Love set the mood, Jimmy Van Heusen's immortal classic was followed by the not so well known piece by Johnny Mandel and Johnny Mercer - Emily. Lovely jazz waltz feel to it. Mingus was represented by Nostalgia in Times Square with the pianist somehow capturing the big band feel of the original.
Body and Soul, All the Things You Are, Moonlight in Vermont, Over the Rainbow, Kelly's Blues - an Oscar Peterson number that told us exactly where Stockdale was coming from and finally St. Thomas. I may have missed a number or two out (I'd came out without my pen) but that was the gist of what was as good as you'd get anywhere on a Friday afternoon - or evening or any day come to that! His chord voicings are sublime!
The north-east is blessed with some outstanding pianists and Dean Stockdale is right up there with the best - don't let anyone tell you otherwise!
Lance.

2 comments :

Robert Laing said...

" No need for bass and drums when you've got a well tuned baby grand" ----Really? I wonder why Oscar Peterson bothered then.

Lance said...

Ok Robert, an over statement I know! My apologies. Poetic licence and an attempt to convey the pianist's command of the instrument is my excuse.

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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.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance