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Archive

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 Tuesday July 16

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

Gala Big Band w. ALAN BARNES: Strictly Come BRASSing - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £15.00. (£12.00. concs.). A Durham Brass Festival event.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc. raffle). RCJ with Don Armstrong (clarinet, saxophone, penny whistle, vocals).

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SOLD OUT!

Zoe Rahman & Laura MacDonald - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192.. 8:00pm. £12.00. (£10.00. concs.). JNE.

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Northern Monkey Brass Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

CD Review: Bratislava Serenaders - I Like That

Hot (boiling point) dance music is an apt description of this tribute to 1920's bandleader Jean Goldkette. Like Paul Whiteman, Goldkette's claim to jazz's Hall of Fame was in his use of jazzers such as Bix, Trumbauer and the Dorseys. 
The Bratislavians recreate these period pieces beautifully - as long as they are regarded by listeners as just that - period piece recreations. Goldkette and Whiteman weren't Ellington or Henderson, however, such is the drive of these guys/gals from Bratislava (wherever that is?) that it soon proves to be much more than mere lip-service.
Hot choruses abound, everyone syncopates, saxes slur and the solos, dare I say it? are maybe minutely more modern than the originals although the fifths have yet to be flattened.
The Serenader Sisters remind us of how good the Boswell Sisters were and, looking through the wrong end of a telescope, Manhattan Transfer.
Having said all that, if this is your era, apart from our own New Century Ragtime Orchestra, I cannot think of another band that recaptures the period more authentically.
I recall seeing them at the North Tyneside Mouth of the Tyne Festival a few years back - a knockout then - a knockout now, particularly for those whose baby loves to Charleston. 
Another major plus point is the discovery of so many tunes that I didn't know of, most of which deserve further investigation. 
Too many musicians involved to list the personnel in full so I'll avoid offence by not listing any of them even though it may mean not going to Slovakia (I Googled!) for my hols - Grimsby here I come.
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.
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