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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.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

GIJF Day One: The Concourse and Other Matters

(Review by Ann Alex/photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
The Jazz Festival began with me committing a criminal act. I chose a lovely chocolate chip muffin from the cafe, was distracted by meeting Russell, and promptly walked away without paying!  So many friends to meet, six in the first ten minutes, and all to the accompaniment of the New York brass band, which included what looked like an impertinent tuba. Not sure if I was entitled to the glass of wine I had at the press reception, so during the first half of Stan Tracy’s Under Milk Wood, I had half an ear listening for police sirens.  The Under Milk Wood music and readings in the second half were totally absorbing and entrancing – see Russell’s review.
James Birkett and Bradley Johnson
Guitar duo on the Concourse 10.15pm (part 1)
This began in the lively skilled manner that we’ve come to expect, with Blues For BJ.  Don’t know what Bradley has the blues about but it surely can’t be his guitar playing which is so, so good!  These two are so interesting to watch, working out who is playing which part, leading, call and response, trilling up and down scales, bass parts, and so on.  Next came Jobin’s Wave, beautifully played as people passing waved to the players, not sure how Jim and Bradley were supposed to wave back!  The 1920’s influence came on with Stringin The Blues, followed by a lovely slow ballad Farmer’s Trust.
The session was effectively rounded off with Jim’s composition, Suite No. 4, which was the sort of tune I love, moving along fast rather like a rapid walk along the street, building to a full lively climax.
Russell was able to stay till 11.15pm for Part 2 – over to him.
Ann Alex.

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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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Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance