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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 Tuesday July 23

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

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood; Paul Grainger; Matt MacKellar.

Archipelago & J Frisco + Mark Williams Trio - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £9.90.

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

Monday, September 03, 2018

CD Review: Chris Monson - Seldom in the Well.

Kelly Jefferson (tenor), Kevin Turcotte (trumpet, flugelhorn), Anthony Panacci (piano), Chris Monson (guitar), Artie Roth (bass), Tom Rasky (drums).
(Review by Steve T)
Available on iTunes, CD Baby and other major platforms from Sept. 7 (this Friday). A fine album which should persuade anybody who hears it to seek out a live performance and, no doubt, sell well amongst those who are lucky enough to catch them live -  Toronto would be a good place to start.
Monson's a guitarist, but that shouldn't put non guitar enthusiasts off, and apparently a prog-rock guitarist by day, which needn't put prog-rock non-believers off either. His playing is unassuming and sparse and one could be forgiven for thinking that the album must be by the sax, trumpet or even the piano player, except he wrote all nine tracks.
Back to the notes and we're told there's an iconic sixties vibe, but without sounding in any way like a period piece. My first play through was in the car where Francis spotted an Ingrid Jensen influence, which quickly developed into a Kenny Wheeler thing and, with Monson a fellow Canadian, he seems to be on to something, and who am I to argue.
Strange times we live in and it's hard to say with any certainty what, if anything, the album format is for these days. But this one should appeal to anybody who likes classic sixties trumpet/sax jazz from a post-bop period, or guitarists of the more tasteful and under-stated variety, and hopefully you'll get to pick one up at a live gig somewhere in Ontario or Onlineo and play it a couple of times before filing it away, and maybe that's ok. 
Steve T.

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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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Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance