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Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).

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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 September 16

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

CD Review: Will Goble – Consider the Blues.

Will Goble (bs); Greg Tardy (ten); Louis Heriveaux (pno); Dave Potter (dms) + Tabreeca Woodside (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
Another Man Gone Wrong, a traditional chain gang song features guest singer Tabreeca Woodside who brings a Nina Simone feel to this protest song. A voice ideally suited to the material. Tardy shows on tenor.
However, it’s on Magic Umbrellas where Tardy shows that he’s anything but tardy when it comes to dealing out a mind-blowing tenor solo! I found myself standing up and clapping even though I was the only one in the room! I don’t even do that for Bird, Diz, Frank, Ella or the rest of the gang! Jazz, the sound of surprise as always. Greg’s on my list when the next DB Poll comes around. 
As is Louis Heriveaux – I’ve just done a job (a good one) on his recent CD – Heriveaux’s piano on Dirge Blues does nothing to lessen my enthusiasm. Goble’s bass, like his intro to It Ain’t Necessarily So, adds to the happy/sad feeling the disc depicts.
Tardy on Belle Isle rubber stamps my enthusiasm for a tenor player I’d never heard of until today!
The Ants Went Marching in One by One but They Didn’t Come Back may be a bizarre title and unlikely to become a standard but there’s nothing bizarre about Greg’s playing – track 7 and I’m already calling him by his first name, that’s how good his playing is!
The Kirtipur Suite has three movements – Hold Tight; Uncertainty; Hopefully. Each one showing the quartet off to their best advantage – leader Gobles well featured on the latter
Finally, Three Little Words which we all know means I Love You. On this occasion, however, it should be, Three Big Words! Best version since Sonny Rollins!
Lance.
PS: Recommended!

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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.
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Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance