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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.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Deep Cabaret @ Jazz Café - May 11

Steve Lewis (guitar, voice); Matt Robinson (clarinets); Maja Bugge (cello); Paul Sherwood (hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes); Ben McCabe (percussion, vocals); Jayson Stilwell (overtone vocals)
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew.)
So a band comprising of a bass clarinet, drums, hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes, guitar, cello and assorted vocal techniques, playing a fusion of world, folk and jazz styles, in front of a sparse audience sounds like it could have been a recipe for disaster but as it turned out this musical kaleidoscope turned out to be a triumphant and highly enjoyable artistic extravaganza. Although the tunes are nearly all original the lyrics are taken from journals, poems, novels and quotes. Most of them, it has to be said, were of a fairly melancholy nature. 
Matchless recounts the drowning of 34 after a shipwreck off the coast of Morecambe Bay, whilst Saboo is about the slow death of a slave. Blue is based on a quote from the great painter Wasilly Kandinsky. Meanwhile, Bad Idea comes from a quote by Nick Cave from this film 2000 days on earth (‘to act on a bad idea is better than not to act at all’). Steve Lewis sings most of the song in cabaret-like style ably backed by drummer McCabe and, extremely interestingly, by Stilwell who, amongst various techniques, incorporates throat singing into his repertoire.
Lewis’ African style guitar riffs somehow blend superbly with the more classical approach from cellist Bugge, whilst Robinson excels on bass clarinet. However, a whole new dimension is added by Sherwood occasionally on bagpipes but more often on hurdy-gurdy. To those not there, this may seem to be one step too far but I can absolutely assure you that the atmospheric effect conjured up was quite mesmerising.
To conclude proceedings, the band threw in a GAS standard; a very unique version of Cole’s Porter’s I’ve Got You Under My Skin. A memorable finale to a very memorable evening – highly recommended.
Photos.
Steve H.

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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