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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, February 15, 2015

Take it to the Bridge @ The Chillingham. February 11

Dave Weisser (trumpet & vocals), Ray Johnson (trumpet & flugelhorn), Don Forbes (trumpet), Rachel Richman (alto saxophone), Barry Ascroft (keyboards), Ray Truscott (electric bass) & Norman Redhead (drums).
(Review by Russell)
Chant. The first number created much pre and post-performance debate on the stand. ‘The bridge starts at the sixteenth bar’ said workshop leader Dave Wiesser, pointing to a chart. More discussion. Ray Johnson mischievously suggested ‘It’s time for a break, isn’t it?’ A few bars in Weisser shouted ‘Stop! Stop!’ Another week at the Chilli.
Jobim, Hank Mobley, Mike Carr, Wayne Shorter’s One By One, the usual choice material. The Shorter number featured nifty work on flugel from Johnson. Throughout the evening Don Forbes played consistently good trumpet, altoist Rachel Richman took one or two solos and six-string bassist Ray Truscott knew most of the material inside out, expressing his liking for one he wasn’t familiar with – Stan Tracey’s Pen Pals. Moanin’ threatened to fall apart until Forbes took it by the scruff of the neck, abetted by a cookin’ rhythm section (stalwart Barry Ascroft, piano, Truscott and traps man Norman Redhead).
Special mention of Peter’s frequent ebullient interjections in between frequent trips to the bar. Entertaining of sorts, Weisser entered into the spirit, embracing the pie-eyed one’s ‘contributions’. Sitters-in are positively encouraged at the Chillingham. Get along to Dave Weisser’s session any Wednesday, eight o’clock- ish.  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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