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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, October 25, 2015

Alter Ego @ The Globe Jazz Bar - Oct. 24

Kevin Eland (tpt/flug); Niall Armstrong (ten); Keith Robinson (alt); Tony Abell (bs gtr); Andy Hawking (pno); David Francis (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Alter Ego hardly ever bop, and I use the words advisedly, out of the woodwork so that when they do it should be a cause for celebration with Arena-like queues.
In a perfect world that is. 
We weren't in a perfect world, or should I say Globe?
Few punters punted which was sad as this is a band that epitomises the very best in modern jazz of the hard bop variety.
A nicely balanced programme of originals and unhackneyed classics by such names as Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Stanley Turrentine, John Coltrane and Hank Mobley made for a most enjoyable set. 

It was Mobley's Roll Call that kicked things off with solos from Armstrong, Hawking and Eland. Needless to say, Eland, depping for Dave Hignett, read the parts and hit the right notes in the right places and blew the screamers. Armstrong, more often seen wielding baritone,  impressed on tenor. His composition Mustard Mash certainly cut it. Hawking did likewise on keyboard.
Robinson, whether it be with Saxophonics or SSBB, always does the business, his serpentine solos angular and adventurous. On The Soulful Mr Timmons he was just that
Abel was, well, more than able particularly on Turrentine's Sugar and Joe Henderson's Mo Joe had everyone going for it culminating in some super stickwork from Francis.
Keep an eye out for Alter Ego when next they appear.
There was also Tyne Brewery's Silver Dollar to quench one's thirst. 4.9% and £3.30 per pint.
Tonight the Jazz Coop go back to the delta with Dave Rae's Levee Ramblers.
Photos.
Lance.
PS: The lift wasn't operational!

1 comment :

Ken Drew (on F//b) said...

Agree - they deserve a much bigger audience ! They put on a blast of a gig last time I saw them at The Globe to a barely adequate but hugely appreciative audience.

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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