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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.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

EP Review: Mark Lettieri – Futurefun

Mark Lettieri - guitars, Robert Searight - drums, Jason Thomas - drums and percussion, TaRon Lockett – percussion, Braylon Lacy - bass, Wes Stephenson - bass, Jeff Plant - bass, Caleb Campbell - piano, Wurlitzer, and keyboards and RC Williams – Rhodes
(Review by Steve H).
Mark Lettieri is a Texan based guitarist who sites Jimi Hendrix, Joe Satriani and John Schofield as major influences. This short album comprising of 5 tracks sandwiched between an Intro and Outro thankfully lasts no more than half an hour. It seems to be a fusion between 70’s rock and funk with only a cursory assignation to contemporary jazz. 
Not surprisingly, it is dominated by Texan Lettieri’s  super rocky guitar playing. The first 2 tracks Catboy and Futurefun are loud brash funk/rock numbers with lashings of heavy bass. Extraspecial is less heavy and could almost be described as easy listening. Stinger begins in mellow fashion with shades of early Led Zeppelin before morphing into a heavier rock anthem. Finally, Slugbug a more funkier number completes the quintet of the major tunes on this album.
This album bears as much resemblance to Jazz as a pint of Fosters does to a pint of Wylam Gold Tankard.  Most drinkers prefer the cold fizzy lager but personally, I am a real ale man. 
Steve H.

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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