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Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).

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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 September 16

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

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

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Jam today, jam tomorrow and jam the day after...

This evening (Tuesday 7) sees the first of four jam sessions in three days across Tyne and Wear. The high-quality Jazz Café jam session on Pink Lane (see photo) signs off tonight as the venue closes for its annual summer break. The students aren't around - just wait 'til next month, new names are sure to emerge - but don't let that put you off as some seriously talented musicians will be keen to have a blow. 
Tomorrow, what to do? Dave Weisser's long-running 'workshop' (think Mingus!) is on, come rain, come shine, at the Globe. It's anyone's guess who'll turn up, perhaps drummer Matthew Fairhirst, home for the summer, will help out DW. Then, over in Brandling Park, Jesmond, at the Dun Cow, the fortnightly jam session (see poster) appears to be inking itself into the oh-so-busy jazz calendar. And on Thursday at the Fire Station (see photo) on High Street West (next to the Empire Theatre) in Sunderland it's the weekly Jazz Jam hosted by the Stu Collingwood Trio. Sitters-in are positively welcome, as indeed they are at all of the sessions. So, you've no excuse, it's a toss a coin. All start at eight o'clock, go for it!
Russell.   
(Photo of The Globe in the collage is courtesy of Ken Drew).

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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