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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.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

RIP Cilla.

Not by the wildest stretch of the imagination could Cilla Black, who died today at her Spanish Villa, be seen as having any jazz affiliations although, googling reveals that she was singing with a Liverpool jazz group when she was 'discovered'. Nevertheless, I'm sure that many of us, of a certain age, remember those heady days of pirate radio stations, former jazz clubs that became pop emporiums, Mary Quant, Twiggy, Beatles, Top of the Pops and, of course, Cilla. You don't remember? then you were certainly part of the scene!
The 1960s may have dealt a near knockout blow to jazz but, as ever, our music came back fighting and, in later years, many of the pop idols sought to reclaim us old jazzers by recording songbook material with jazz backing. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't.
Cilla, sensibly, avoided that route and opted for the role of 'TV personality'. That her shows were cheesy didn't matter. What counted was that personality and that scouse accent. John Lennon's Liverpudlian brogue grated, Cilla's didn't - and she had better legs!
Cilla was 72.
Rest In Peace.
Lance.
PS: A re-run of one of the old Bergerac shows now showing on a cable channel has Anyone Who Had a Heart on the soundtrack!

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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