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Sting: "It was great. They [the River City Jazzmen] all wore blue suits. The band had been together for about twenty years, which was the same age as the suits." - (Melody Maker Sept. 22, 1979).

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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.

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Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see centre column).

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:00pm/5:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Tonight at 7 on BBC 4 TV.

Full details here of BBC 4's Battle of the Bands as part of the 2014 Prom season from the Royal Albert Hall.
What a line-up!
Lance.

4 comments :

Liz said...

yes, a great line up, but as we said lance, the musicians should have been introduced by name,even though it may only have been a banner running across the screen. See Ben Castle was there.My fave...Mood Indigo & Moon Nocturne.

Lance said...

It was enjoyable but, upon reflection, I felt so much more could have been done. Just a little too contrived for me. Clare Teal was excellent as was Gregory but, whilst the originals stand the test of time on disc, this didn't do the music justice.

Liz said...

agreed, I thought the idea of one against the other was unnecessary, especially as we knew what the outcome would be, and that bell! As for the dancers, another gimmick gone wrong...just my opinion of course!

JC said...

I only saw the last 20 minutes so I'm glad someone mentioned the dancers. Is that what they were? You could have fooled me as they seem to lack the basic requirement of an ability to dance. And I'm sure the singers were great earlier but was it a good idea to have three of them on together for the last number which really has only one line in the lyric (plus multiple doo-wab-de-wabs)? I've noticed that the Proms seem to feel the need to 'jazz up' anything that is non-classical music (i.e. the rare times they have folk on). I don't think I've seen them do the same with 'serious' concerts.
JC

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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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