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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.

Monday, January 06, 2014

Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny. January 5

Neil Hunter (vocals), Terry O’Hern (trombone), Alan Thompson (tenor saxophone), Steve McGarvie (alto saxophone & vocals), Geoff Owens (keyboards), Bob Garrington (guitar), Ian Rigby (bass & vocals) & Gary Cain (drums)
(Review by Russell)
First Sunday in the month, lunchtime, the Cluny. The Smokin’ Spitfires. Vocalist Neil Hunter, a survivor from his days with the Eastside Torpedoes, goes further on down the soul road with the tightest of outfits in tow. The Spitfires’ loyal audience knows what to expect and willingly hitches a ride.
Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag, Can’t Get Next to You,  Soul Man – classic tunes all and nailed first time, every time. Hunter commands attention with his vocal style hewn from the coal face of the north east r & b scene. This gig heard him struggle through with man flu, his keen rapport with the audience aided by a few on stage medicinal beers. Oh, for the days when musicians drank beer – not a bottle of water in sight!
The ‘girls’ were soon up dancing and after Unchain My Heart (alto solo from Steve McGarvie) and Rufus Thomas went Walking the Dog the ‘boys’ were up on the floor too! Arthur Conley asked the Sweet Soul question – Do You Like Good Music? You bet – the joint was jumpin’! Bob Garrington’s Telecaster stepped out front from time to time (bass and drums – Ian Rigby and Gary Cain – immense in the engine room) and Geoff Owens’ keys kept a low profile until he wound it up on Move On Up. Alan Thompson (tenor) and McGarvie leapt in to trade searing solos – the horn section (arrangements by Terry O’Hern) did Curtis proud. At it’s exhausting conclusion Hunter turned to the horns and said: When we formed the Spitfires we said we would never play f****** jazz!  
The Smokin’ Spitfires’ monthly gig at the Cluny is a fundraiser for the Bubble Foundation www.bubblefounfation.org.uk Get along to the next one – Sunday February 2. Hear a great band and show your support for the foundation. Recommended.               
Russell.           

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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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Lance