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David Binney: "In this age, we musicians need to do anything we can to make a living, and ninety-nine percent of us will have to do a wide variety of things." - (Jazz Times May 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.

Until July 21

Today Tuesday July 16

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

Gala Big Band w. ALAN BARNES: Strictly Come BRASSing - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £15.00. (£12.00. concs.). A Durham Brass Festival event.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc. raffle). RCJ with Don Armstrong (clarinet, saxophone, penny whistle, vocals).

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SOLD OUT!

Zoe Rahman & Laura MacDonald - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192.. 8:00pm. £12.00. (£10.00. concs.). JNE.

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Northern Monkey Brass Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

CD Review: Peter Horsfall - Nighthawks

Peter Horsfall (vocals); Giacomo Smith (alto); Joe Webb (piano); Ferg Ireland (bass); Pedro Segundo (drums) + David Archer (guitar) & Cherise Adams-Burnett & Renato Paris (backing vocals) on Couldn't Stop Lovin' You.
(Review by Lance).
If you're expecting to hear some modern Dixieland horn-blowing from Basin Street Brawlers' trumpet man, Horsfall, then walk away now. However, if you're a fan of his whispering, atmospheric vocals, then, stay right there - don't move. If Edward Hopper is your favourite artist then you won't want to move and, if you just happen to wonder if Cécile McLorin Salvant paints as good as she sings  - here is where you find out!
Horsfall left his trumpet in the hock shop for this one, instead, using his laidback, understated vocals (he makes Chet Baker sound like Little Richard) he wistfully caresses songs of love lost and found. He's in the mind of the characters in Hopper's immortal painting - Nighthawks. We're in Philly's Late Night Diner.
Five of the original ballads were co-written by Horsfall and Smith as well as interpretations of Paradise by Barry Harris and Duke's Sunset & the Mocking Bird with new lyrics by Horsfall.
The band is drawn from Kansas Smitty's House Band and, if you like Johnny Hodges, just listen to Giacomo Smith wail!
Cécile? Our girl's paintings give some light relief to the doom-laden artwork of the booklet - brilliant though David Hamblett's photos are.
Way back when, in the wee small hours of the morning, we'd listen to In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning. Perhaps nighthawks now, in the wee small hours of the morning,  will listen to Nighthawks.

Like most CDs today, I had to get the cat to read the info - and she had to borrow my glasses.
Lance.
Release date November 24. Album launch November 29 @ Kansas Smitty's.

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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