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Sting: "It was great. They [the River City Jazzmen] all wore blue suits. The band had been together for about twenty years, which was the same age as the suits." - (Melody Maker Sept. 22, 1979).

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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 October 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see centre column).

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:00pm/5:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

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Sunday, July 08, 2018

The Mouth of the Tyne Festival - Day 2. July 8.

The Mouth of the Tyne Festival maybe isn't Glastonbury, Newport, Gateshead or wherever but, on a hot summer's day in Tynemouth, it's unbeatable. No big jazz names although there were big hitters from other genres over in the ruins of Tynemouth Castle but, we didn't care, we were here for the jazz and we got it! I missed Alter Ego but, I'm told, they blew up a storm. I only caught part of the set by Classic Swing but they too were on form.
We've got a lot of great jazz singers in the northeast and yet, Olive Rudd isn't always on the list. She is now!
I caught Tin Roof Blues, 'S Wonderful and Tuxedo Junction. If you know anyone who can sing them better let me know, bearing in mind that Ella Fitzgerald is no longer with us.
The sun was beating down and Tommy Graham was in Caravan mode. I needed refreshment so, just as Tommy was setting off across the Sahara I sought an oasis. A pint of Abbot Ale, decanted into a plastic container at the Turk's Head did the trick and I returned just as Tommy was kicking sand in the faces of all and sundry. Nice one Tommy. Bob Wade, solid in swing era mode. Harry, Ziggy, Bunny, Cootie and Teddy (Teddy Langston a great but, sadly, long forgotten local trumpet player). Jim McBriarty blew tenor and clarinet and Don Fairley gave the dogs a bone to savour. At the back, Alan Rudd kept it all together and Colin Haikney tinkled the ivories as only he can.
Normally, it's 10 degrees cooler on the coast than it is inland. Not today!
Lickety Split, on a day like today, are well named and the icecream outlets were doing the business as folks melted in the heat.
The Turk's had run out of Abbot Ale so I had to make do with a Tyneside Blonde of which there were many although not all in glasses and more than one, I'm sure, achieved their allure via a bottle.
The Lickety Split set was a stormer. The West Coast sound here on the East Coast 'cept the cool guys in California rarely generated the heat that Paul Gowland; Alan Marshall; Eddie Bellis and Callum Mellis did. Bear in mind that Callum was depping for Kevin Eland and you get an idea of the magnitude facing the young man. He scored.
In the engine room, the ever-present Alan Rudd and Paul Wight kept the machine well fuelled and the summery attired Brad Johnston floated comfortably ' twixt front line and back line.
Finally, The Riviera Quartet rounded the afternoon's jazz off. Pete Tanton on trumpet, flugel and threatened vocals; John Pope on bass; Joel McCullough guitar, and Russ Morgan on drums combined to make this one perfect Jazz on a Summer's Day.
Lance.

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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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Lance