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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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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 Monday October 21

Afternoon

Jazz

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).

Evening

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

Friday, June 05, 2015

Ashington Jazz Festival: Paul Skerritt Band.

Paul Skerritt (vcl); James Harrison (keys); John Pope (bs); Tom Chapman (dms).
(Review by Lance).
The forecast said "Hot" so it was on with the shades and off with the sweater. What they didn't mention was the bitter cold breeze that swept down Ashington's Station Rd for this open air, Ashington Jazz Festival gig.
Nevertheless, fortune shines on the brave and the Scope charity shop  was having a closing down sale - everything £1.
One warm sweater later I was ready - best £1 I've ever spent, particularly as the Paul Skerritt Band were thrown in free - sale of the century!
Despite the inclement weather and the acoustical vagaries associated with open air gigs, it was a cracking afternoon.
Paul was in good voice with James, Tom and dep bass John Pope at the top of their game.
Their usual program, standards and jazzified pops, is always entertaining not least because of the enthusiasm they show for the job in hand and the fact that they make it sound fresh every time.
So, we had; Come Fly With me; I'm Beginning to See the Light; Black and Gold; Don't Get Around Much Anymore; My Lonely Days Are Gone; All About the Bass; Cheek to Cheek; I Wanna Be Like You; It Con't Mean a Thing; Sway; I Feel good; American Boy/Girl; Orange Coloured Sky; Let the Good Times Roll - for the two latter numbers Paul went walkies including popping into a nearby boutique still singing!
As per he finished off with Play That Funky Music White Boy.
A splendid session and, would you believe it? driving back the sun started shining and I was stuck in a traffic jam!
Still, well worth it.
The festival concludes tomorrow night in the YMCA with the Strictly Smokin' Big Band.
Lance.

2 comments :

Paul Skerritt (on F/b) said...

Thanks Lance! And you are accurate, it was like a wind tunnel down there! Great fun though.

Peter S said...

Hi Lance, thanks for your accurate review on the afternoon event. this
windy city lived up to its reputation for variable weather conditions.
That apart the music was good.
Peter S.

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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