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Bebop Spoken There

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 Tuesday September 17

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 - 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Acoustic Infusion with the Mighty Horns - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm). £5.00. Rick Laughlin & co.

Strictly Smokin’ Sessions - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 819845. 8:00pm. £4.00. Guest: Don Armstrong (reeds). Note earlier start.

Blues

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

CD Review: California Feetwarmers - Silver Seas

Charles De Castro (tpt/acc); Justin Rubenstein (tmb); Joshua Kaufman (clt/pno/acc); Brandon Armstrong (sousa/bass); Patrick Morrison (plec bjo); Juan Carlos Reynoso (gtr); Dominique "Chief" Rodriguez (bs dm.) + Andy Bean  (steel gtr); Tom Morrison (bs); CoryBeers (bs. dm).
(Review by Lance).
Well, I'm into history and this is history, albeit not totally ancient - some of it pre-dates ancient! Having said that, it kinds of grows on you and brings to mind the various Red Hot Pennies groups that Red Nichols fronted. Hot dance music of the 1920s. Foot tapping stuff and, if you feel like shimmying like your sister does, then this is ideal.

Of course, if you've already got Muggsy's Great 16 or a few Condon records the choice becomes no choice.
Nevertheless, these Californians manage to merge a little, Cajun, Skiffle and Ragtime into the mix making it quite a unique melange.
"Take your partners for the Blackbottom followed by the Cakewalk, the Polka and some Western Swing..."
Tracks: Silver Seas; Shake it, Break it; Tain'tNo Use; Weeping Willow; Dixie Waltz; Betty Brown; Pride Blues; She's Crying For me; The Breeze That Brought me Home; Third Street Float; At the Jazz Band Ball; Wooden Nickel and Red Head Romp.
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.

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