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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 20, 2014

Steve Glendinning Quartet @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle. January 19.

Steve Glendinning (gtr); Chris Jelly (vbs); Mike Clarke (bs gtr); Mark Robertson (dms).
(Review by Lance)
Over the years I've heard most of the masters of the vibraphone - Red Norvo, Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson, Terry Gibbs, Victor Feldman, Tubby Hayes, Bill le Sage, Gary Burton, Bobby Hutcherson, Jim Hart, Corey Mwamba (in Newcastle next week for the JNE Fundraiser) and now Chris Jelly can be added to that list.
It wasn't a complete surprise to me as I'd heard him previously with King Bee so I knew he was good but tonight...!!
Not that this was a one man show, leader Glendinning matched him every step of the way with some beguiling guitar magic.
The material was a mix of originals by the frontline as well as pieces by Metheny and Gary Burton. Both sets opened up with an unaccompanied feature (Glendinning set 1 - Jelly set 2). Delicate, almost classical in concept, the mood was created for the entry of the others who duly enhanced the ambience. Burton and Metheny were were apt choices to draw from as the brand of jazz/rock/fusion the quartet played was reminiscent of the Burton quartet when Metheny served time with the group.
On drums, Mark Robertson drove and sympathised as the piece demanded whilst Clarke on Rickenbacker bass proved himself a worthy owner of such a legendary brand of lower ground floor merchandise.
A night much appreciated by the Splinter faithful although there were two or three regulars prominent by their absence. If they only knew what they'd missed...
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.
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