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

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Last Night @ the Globe - The Alan Glen Trio. May 21

Alan Glen (pno); John Pope (bs); Paul Wight (dms).
(Review by Lance).
A warm, sunny, evening, a piano legend with his ace trio, Wylam Gold Tankard on draught, in a perfect world, the Globe was the place to be!
In a perfect world.
Sadly, we don't live in a perfect world.
I couldn't believe such a poor attendance for such a great trio. Downstairs, The Palominos pulled, upstairs the Alan Glen Trio didn't.
Nevertheless, the select audience showed their appreciation by their response to numbers such as, Solar; Time After Time; Love Letters; Body and Soul; Whisper Not; It's You or No One plus Glen originals, Big Deal in Ocho-Rios; Waltz in C and the premiere of Fast Forward, This brought us up to replenish Tankard time and to reflect on the state of play so far. The suggestion was that the cup final running into extra time may have caused the audience numbers to be small although it didn't seem to have affected the Palomino's party. What we did agree upon was the class of the trio. Alan Glen play's second fiddle (or should that be piano?) to no one, John Pope is never less than superb whether playing pizz or arco and Wight certainly knows how to swing a band.
So, whilst the audience were few in number, those who were there had that privileged feeling of having witnessed something special that had been denied the hoi-polloi.
Second set: All of You (ironic title!); Someday my Prince Will Come; You'd be so Nice to Come Home to; How Long Has This Been Going on?; Doodlin'; Love is a Many Splendered Thing; She Walks Into Mine; I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free; Cherokee.
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.
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Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance