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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.

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra @ Jesmond Library - May 5

Joe Davies (trumpet, leading, introductions); Ollie Presland (trumpet); Bertie Marks (trombone); Esther Coombes (alto sax); James Cuxson (guitar); Jack Deere-Jones (bass guitar); Kweku Bimpong (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex/photos courtesy of Liz Armstrong).
Part of the Jesmond Festival, which is in full swing, especially at last night’s jazz do which took place in Jesmond library. The library was saved from closure by the efforts of the goodly people of Jesmond, who took it over as a community project.  As Joe Davies commented, ‘This is ironic that we should be playing for pleasure in a library, where we are usually studying’, or words to that effect. This was just some members of the band, as students are currently busy with exams and we were lucky to have the bass guitarist, who had risen from a bed of sickness.
They began with Miles Davis’ Solar, with trombone on the first solo of the evening, a little unsteady until he hit his stride, then it was all systems go for the rest of the gig, with some clapping along from the audience during the later numbers, and some fine playing, as you’d expect. Coltrane’s Mr P C followed, call and response from the two trumpets and a cute vibrato effect from Mr Davies, and an early drum solo. All of Me, (number 20 in their pad); and a smooth Misty with brushed drums from a drummer who is one to watch. A fast Autumn Leaves with a skilled sax solo. It was good to hear Davis’s classic So What to open the second set, with solos from nearly everyone and small interjections from the others. Is this what they call noodling?  It works, anyway.
Joe then introduced what he called ‘lift music’ – Girl from Ipanema, then we clapped along to a muted trombone on Blue Monk. During Four, sax, trumpet, and trombone seemed to be doing not 4’s but 1’s. An enjoyable evening’s jazz was rounded off with It Don’t Mean A Thing and the protest number I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free, with final lively solos from all except bass and drums.
Ann Alex

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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.
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