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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.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

A Dun Cow Coda (jam session April 11)

(Review/photo by Russell)
As BSH’s Editor-in-Chief wandered off into the night, John Pope wandered into the Dun Cow. The house trio’s fixer and hard-working bassist Paul Grainger eyed JP’s arrival, and, in next to no time Grainger was at the bar as Pope gave him a spell. JP was joined on the stand by Newcastle Uni’s final year music students (the Dun Cow could be their local) Ben Richardson, piano, and drummer Harry Still.* These lads have impressed sitting in at the Jazz Café’s jam session and they seemed up for it here in Brandling Village. And whatever lies ahead for them, in years to come they’ll look back to the time they worked with vocalist Alice Grace! 
Yes, the fabulous Ms Grace returned to the stand, as did the horns of Johnson and Probyn, to sing Night and Day. AG’s scatting is second to none, and, having attended (and reviewed) countless gigs, your reviewer has heard nothing better, anywhere, anytime, it’s as simple as that.

And as a finale, it was all in for a rollercoaster ride on Caravan. The Dun Cow’s jam session runs fortnightly Wednesdays (next one April 25). The alternate fortnightly Wednesdays feature gigs. If you’re around next week (April 18) it’s Julija Jacenaite singing to Alan Law’s piano accompaniment.
Russell.

* Ben and Harry, along with many other students, are soon to give their degree recital final performances. Members of the public are welcome to attend, keep an eye on BSH’s listings for details of times and locations. We wish Ben, Harry and their fellow students the best of luck.          

1 comment :

Patti said...

Russell will have the support of all us jazzers - many long past studenty time - in wishing the best of luck to all the final recital guys (and gals?). Exciting times ahead for all of you!

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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