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Barry Harris (in 1981): "There is not one place in the world that you can find more jazz musicians from than Detroit." - (DownBeat, September 2019).

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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 Sunday August 18

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Rockafellas - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

East Coast Jazz Jam - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free.

Bradley Johnston Trio + Giles Strong Trio - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00.

Dan Garel & Friends - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm (doors). £6.00. (£3.00. student).

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

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

CD Review: Maurice Frank - Mad Romance And Love

Maurice Frank (vocals); John DiMartino (arrangements, piano); Eric Alexander (ten sax); Aaron Heick (sop sax, clarinet, alto flute); Paul Meyers (guitar); Luques Curtis (bass); Obed Calvaire (drums); Samuel Torres (perc).
(Review by Ann Alex)
I listened in an unconventional way, by starting with track 4 on which Eric Alexander (no relation to me, he’d disown my musical attempts) is featured. As Lance had praised this jazzman in another review I needed to check him out and I wasn’t disappointed. On Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me the sax’s improvised responses to the singer’s statements are most impressive, in fact, it just about talks back. Great stuff!
So I was well primed to enjoy the rest of the music, a mixture of standards and songs which aren’t heard too often.  Our singer is a native New Yorker, growing up, and benefitting from listening to the singers of the 50’s and 60’s and it shows in his sensitive yet strong-voiced interpretations.  This is a debut album from a seasoned singer, who performs on the East Coast and beyond, and who now lives in Florida. All the musicians, besides Alexander, are established performers.
The tracks include Cole Porter’s Dream Dancing (skilled piano); the thrilling lyrics of How Little We Know (‘two tingles intermingle’ and ‘who cares to define what chemistry this is’) sung to bass only; Slow Hot Wind in which the flute trills to represent the wind; Strayhorn’s Day Dream, with very busy drums; the Latin Yellow Days, all about sunlight and lost love; a bluesy She’s Funny That Way with a good piano solo; The Beatles In My Life, with a swinging clarinet. The other tracks are Save Your Love For Me; Yesterday (Jerome Kern); Baubles, Bangles And Beads: On The Street Where You Live. Ann Alex
The CD was released on July 6, reference Jumo Music 1007. See www.mauricefrank.com

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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