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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 Tuesday July 23

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. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood; Paul Grainger; Matt MacKellar.

Archipelago & J Frisco + Mark Williams Trio - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £9.90.

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

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

And they boogied on…

(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Kath Gowland.)
No sign of Mr B, perhaps he was out on the town catching up with old friends. At eleven, as BSH’s editor departed to his waiting carriage, the house lights went up. Amps off, and horns part dismantled, our American guests asked to play some more…
Amps on, horns hastily reassembled, we were up for a mega boogie. PG piano, JP electric bass, RM percussion, the late arriving Johnny ‘Blue Hat’ Davis blowing tenor, PG on alto and a full American compliment – tenor, trombone, guitar, double bass, drums and a front man vocal tour de force courtesy of our erstwhile singing piano player – stampeded down Route 66. The joint was jumpin’. They were up dancin’ not quite on the tables but near as damn it. More! More! They weren’t going anywhere.
The Jazz Café’s hard working bar staff taking photographs confirmed that this was one of those ‘I was there’ occasions. The Americans were having a ball, ditto the house band. To end, we went out on Up on Cripple Creek. The Band’s Southern fried swamp boogie kept everyone dancing as Davey Allen belted out the vocal, joined by Johnzo West and JP out front making it a harmonising vocal trio! In his earlier dispatch, BSH’s editor stated that ‘our guys held their own’. Absolutely right! A rocking Peter Gilligan, ‘Blue Hat’ tearing it up and Paul ‘Banana Bread’ Gowland showing our American friends a thing or two.
Russell.

            

1 comment :

Patti D. said...

Damn - why does this always have to happen after we've left for home???

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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