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David Binney: "In this age, we musicians need to do anything we can to make a living, and ninety-nine percent of us will have to do a wide variety of things." - (Jazz Times May 2019)

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.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Book Reviews: Andrew Cartmel - The Run-Out Groove & Victory Disc.

I discovered The Vinyl Detective earlier this year* although Andrew Cartmel's creation had begun gumshoeing down the mean streets of London and beyond since 2016 in search of rare vinyl records.
I was so delighted with the story and the character(s) that I set off down those same mean streets myself in search of the two follow-up novels. This proved to be considerably easier than searching for a wartime V Disc or the child of a legendary rock singer who committed suicide years ago which are two of the challenges facing our musical sleuth in these latest adventures.
Yes, much easier - they were on the shelf at Waterstone's!
Those who read the first book will be pleased to know that the more endearing characters, including the cats, are retained and the action, to misquote the extract from the Crime Time review which is printed on the novel's back cover, whips along faster than the 78rpm speed of the elusive Victory Discs our hero seeks out in the third book which is the jazzier of the two.
Having said that, the detective's love of jazz, his girlfriend - Nevada - and the two cats, Fanny and Turk, are ever present making both books indispensable to anyone who likes to mix murder and music in quadrophonic sound.
Lance.
Andrew Cartmel - The Run-Out Groove. Titan Books ISBN: 9781783297696. (2017)
Andrew Cartmel - Victory Disc. Titan Books ISBN: 9781783297719. (2018).
Also, look out for Flip Back, due in 2019.

1 comment :

alf stone said...

Brilliant books which I discovered a while ago. I can't wait for the next one but I will have to I suppose.

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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