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Mark Walker: "A drummer in a big band is always happy. It's like driving a big bus." - (Downbeat, August 2019)

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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 Wednesday July 24

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden. See above.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Friday, March 18, 2016

Gerry Richardson's Big Idea @ The Jazz Café - March 17

Gerry Richardson (vcls/Hammond SK2); Rod Sinclair (gtr); Sue Ferris (fl/bar); Garry Linsley (alt); Stuart Johnson (ten/sop); Dave Hignett/Mark Webb (tpt/flug); David Gray (tmb); Paul Smith (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Gerry Richardson's Big Idea was a good idea when it kicked off some years back, now it's a brilliant idea! Mainly originals, both old and new, by Gerry, with the odd cover thrown in, this is a band for all seasons that never fails to deliver.
 I'd back Sting's old sparring partner (Newcastle Big Band, Last Exit) against any UK jazz organist and take an each way bet on him even further afield. Driven on by the incredible drumming of Paul Smith - I've heard Paul many times but tonight he was something else - Gerry pedalled and forearm smashed his way around the Hammond to the extent that I feared for the SK2's safety.
Not that this was a two-man show - far from it - six Jacks and a Jill, helped by the small room, succeeded in making this nine-piece sound like sixteen plus! Rod Sinclair, his Telecaster in overdrive; David Gray, turning the trombone into a goblet of fire; Dave "Highnote" Hignett using top C as a starting point; Mark Webb, solid in support; Gary Linsley, Stuart Johnson and Sue Ferris - super saxes with Ferris effortlessly switching from the depths of baritonia up to fluted heights.
The tried and tested were as expected, whilst the three new numbers are indeed worthy additions to the pad. Turnaround Shuffle, in particular, is a guaranteed showstopper.
A most enjoyable evening.
Lance.

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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