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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 Wednesday July 24

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden. See above.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, June 09, 2014

Beck Hunters @ The Bridge Hotel June 8

Mick Beck (tenor sax, bassoon, whistles); Anton Hunter (guitar); Johnny Hunter (drums).
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew.)
Mick Beck accompanied by the fabulous Hunter brothers, Anton on guitar and Johnny on drums, gave a very challenging performance of improvised free jazz in this JNE "On the Outside" gig at the Bridge Hotel  in front of  a more than reasonable sized and mainly bearded audience.
Beck started the night on bassoon accompanied by Anton using a slide on the neck of the guitar to provide scratchy type noises whilst Johnny assisted with a variety of percussive effects. The number was punctuated with assorted whistles emanating from Beck. 
For the second  number  Beck  picked up his tenor saxophone and blew up a storm.  Anton provided an echoing  wall of  guitar background as the band  began to move through the gears reaching a magnificent crash bang wallop crescendo  of maximum intensity. At the conclusion of this piece Beck informed the audience that this was the end of the first set  but not to worry  a  CD was available to purchase should anyone wish be able to  listen  to the  identical tunes again!
The second set began with an inspired swannee whistle solo (this was the instrument responsible for the voices of the children’s TV programme The Clangers). The guitar and the tenor then seemed to be massaged by their respective players to produce some extraordinary sounds. Once again the band picked it up with ferocious power producing an apocalyptic storm with the addition of recorder, assorted whistles and chanting from Beck. The final piece of the night saw Beck back on bassoon and this piece was a gentler affair than what had gone before, in fact the recorder solo had a distinct classical Japanese feel to it. After a seemingly everlasting note on the recorder a single toot on a football referee’s whistle signified full time and brought  this gig to a sudden and  triumphant conclusion.
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.
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