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Barry Harris (in 1981): "There is not one place in the world that you can find more jazz musicians from than Detroit." - (DownBeat, September 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 Saturday August 17

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Newcastle Jazz Festival - Tyne Bank Brewery, Walker Road, Newcastle NE6 2AB. Tel: 0191 265 2828. £15.00. All day event, line-up:

Zoë Gilby & Andy Champion (1:30pm)

Alan Law Trio (2:40pm)

Mark Williams Trio (3:50pm)

Emma Fisk & James Birkett (5:00pm)

(Evening)

Alexander Bone (6:15pm)

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band (7:45pm).

Blues/Funk/Soul

King Snake - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Friday, May 06, 2016

Lewis Curry & Glenn Lambie @ St Nicholas Cathedral. May 6

Lewis Curry (keyboards & vocals) & Glenn Lambie (cajón)
(Review by Russell)
Lunchtime in the pews. 2015 graduates of Sage Gateshead and Newcastle University, Lewis Curry and Glenn Lambie played a short set in St Nicholas Cathedral to a small congregation of city visitors, city dwellers and assorted odd balls. A jazz set? No, but with Mr Tulip’s recent essay on Yes (no, please no!) finding a place on this jazz blog, there has to be a spot for two talented musicians finding their way on the north east’s vibrant music scene.
St Nicholas has to be one of the largest performance spaces on Tyneside. Placing two musicians in front of the altar, the architectural splendour of the cathedral could quite easily intimidate and inhibit. Lewis Curry sat at his Yamaha keyboard, singing songs, percussionist Glenn Lambie sat crouched over his beat box cajón. The duo played one song after another, pop hits of the day and yesterday and the decades before yesterday. From Coldplay to David Bowie to the Beach Boys, it comes as no surprise to learn the lads play at numerous venues as a duo or with the full band – the Lewis Curry Band.
The Killers’ Are We Human or Are We Dancer? Radiohead’s High and Dry and one of Holland-Dozier-Holland’s classics – How Sweet it is (to be Loved by You) – suggests a pad full of tunes will see Curry make a living on the cabaret/function circuit. And nowt wrong with that. Perhaps it was lost on most, but there was a beautiful juxtaposition the likes of which can only be by chance being in a place of worship; the Beach Boys’ God Only Knows, followed by Superstition. Throw in Bowie’s Life on Mars and the brethren could be forgiven for thinking someone was taking the proverbial.
Russell.

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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