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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 Monday July 15

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

Mnozil Brass: Cirque - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 0300 266 600. 7:30pm. £23.00. (£19.00. concs.). A Durham Brass Festival event.

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

Monday, July 23, 2018

CD Reviews: Shake 'Em Up Jazz Band - A Woman's Place & Le Donne Mangiano Zucchero

Marla Dixon (trumpet/vocals); Chloe Feoranzo (clarinet/vocals); Haruka Kikuchi (trombone/vocals); Molly Reeves (guitar/vocals); Julie Schenayder (bass); Define 'Dizzy' Incirlioglu (washboard).
(Review by Lance).
Despite my gripe in the previous post, here are a couple of CDs that are more than welcome - they're essential! Essential, that is for those who want a memento of the band's recent barnstorming tour of County Durham as part of the Durham Brass Festival and even more essential for those who didn't catch them. They'll be crying in their beer for weeks to come when they find out what they've missed.
Five girls from way down yonder in New Orleans. Correction, five musicians from New Orleans. Gender becomes irrelevant at this level - indeed at any level. As Dottie Dodgion once said re Buddy Rich in a DownBeat Blindfold Test, "He plays pretty good for a man".
Both of these two CDs are impressive with great solos from everyone including the vocals.
The music may trace back to their forebears but it's as relevant today as it was back then as was proven by the audience's response at the various outdoor venues in the Land of the Prince Bishops. These weren't, in the main, hardcore jazz fans, just somebody's neighbour or the person in front of you at the checkout or maybe standing next to you in the lineup and hoping they don't get tapped on the shoulder. The important thing is that band and audience connected.
Which is the better CD? You pays yer money and you takes your choice. Musically they're on a par and I wouldn't want to be without either. The sound seems a little brighter on A Woman's Place but not enough to sway anyone other than the most discerning of listeners.
Lance.
Click on title link to listen and buy.
  1. Traveling Blues
  2. Puttin’ It On
  3. In The Gloaming
  4. My Heart
  5. Last Kind Words Blues
  6. Skid Dat De Dat
  7. Dusty Rag
  8. Sugar Blues
  9. Charleston Mad
  10. Shake Sugaree
  11. A Woman’s Place
  12. The Love I Have For You.

  1. Washboard Wiggles
  2. Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor
  3. Shame & Scandal In The Family
  4. My Silent Love
  5. Les Oignons
  6. Empty Bed Blues
  7. Root Hog, or Die
  8. Savoy Blues
  9. Shake ‘Em Up
  10. There’s A New Moon Over My Shoulder

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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