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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, January 16, 2016

CD Review: Laura Perlman - Precious Moments

Laura Perlman (vcl); Bill Cunliffe (pno); Mark Sherman (vbs); Chris Colangelo (bs); Joe La Barbero (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Ms Perlman grew up in a jazz loving family, subjected, if that's the right word, to the music of Bird; Trane; Miles; Sassy and Ella from an early age. With this enviable upbringing it's not surprising she has produced an outstanding album in a field where outstanding lady vocalists are the norm.
Ten classic song book items, a sympathetic A-list accompaniment and a voice that conveys the emotion of the lyric, phrased and rephrased to suit her own interpretation. These are the ingredients that go to make this rather special.
I've Never Been in Love Before; I've Grown Accustomed to His Face; But Beautiful; My Favourite Things; I'm Old Fashioned; You Go to my Head; My Foolish Heart; On the Street Where You Live; My One and Only Love and Every Time We Say Goodbye - the canvases upon which Laura Perlman paints her vocal soundscapes.
Although this was the first time I'd heard, or even heard of, Laura Perlman - it was love!
So why, you ask, has it taken her several decades before making this album?
Well, after a spell at Berklee, Laura found a job in Hollywood as a music editor on 119 movies inc. A League of Their Own; Thelma and Louise; Driving Miss Daisy, among others - all 'biggies! 
Then there was another obstacle - breast cancer. This was a battle she fought and won. 
Smooth sailing from now on? Not quite. A bone marrow transplant took a further toll on her stamina until, eventually, with the support of family, friends and medical staff Laura felt ready to concentrate on a singing career. 
This album is the result.
Lance.

2 comments :

Bill Harper said...

Anne here Lance---wish I could hear this lady! What a sad story--but as I know, tragic things in your life can give depth to your performance!

Lance said...

Click on the samples link in red at the end of the review Anne for snippets and the chance to buy - take care my dear xx

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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.

Submissions for review

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