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Abdullah Ibrahim: "For me jazz is the highest form of music." - (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 Saturday August 24

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Mellow Baku - St Augustine's Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm. £10.00. (under 16s free). Line-up: Mello Baku (vocals), John Hallam (reeds), Andy Dickens (trumpet), Ian Bateman (trombone), Tom Kincaid (piano), Rachel Hayward (guitar, banjo), John Day (double bass), Nick Millward (drums).

Jo Harrop w Paul Edis Trio - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 1:00pm. £10.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Boys of Brass - Bill Quay Beer & Music Festival, Brack Terrace, Bill Quay, Gateshead NE10 0TT. 3:00-4:30pm. (Festival 1:00-11pm). Tickets: £10.

Xhosa Cole-Francis Tulip Quintet - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 4:00pm. £8.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Evening

Matt Anderson & Paul Edis - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 6:00pm. £6.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Tony Kofi & the Organisation - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 8:00pm. £14.00. & £12.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Picturehouse Deluxe + Kay Greyson - Bobik’s, Punch Bowl Hotel, Jesmond Road, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3JY. 8:00pm. £5.00. Line-up: Georgia Turnbull (vocals & keys), Thomas Dixon (reeds), Jamie Mackay (guitar), Adam Cornell (bass), Ben Fitzgerald (drums).

Jam session - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 10:00pm. Free. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Teresa Watson Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

CD Review: Jo Harrop & Her Trio - Songs For The Late Hours

Jo Harrop (voice); Harry Sankey (guitar); Will Barry (piano); Joe Downard (bass)
(Review by Ann Alex)
As I’ve said before, we never rest at BSH. I was that person who leaped up to dance at Hoochie Coochie last week, and who was too tired after the Jazz Co-op workshop last Saturday. It was I who missed Ushaw whilst reviewing CDs, but folks, I now have my reward, this super CD from local woman made good, Jo Harrop and her trio. And the CD comes with album notes from one, Lance Liddle, who knows one or two things about jazz. Lance commends Ms Harrop’s ‘sultry, smoky voice, and points out that this singer is the ‘real deal’. I agree wholeheartedly.
The tunes are GASbook standards very suitable for cool, late night listening, or if it comes to that, any time of day listening.
As well as the vocal delights, there are solos for guitar and piano on most tracks, and the bass is featured on tracks such as Fine And Dandy, when it swings merrily alongside guitar and piano, and also on Sophisticated Lady, which effectively opens with just voice and bass.
More Than You Know is slow and pensively sung, with a wonderfully rippling piano solo; our singer interprets the lyrics well on You Turned The Tables On Me ‘I’d welcome anything from the five and ten cent store’.
Ms Harrop does blues to the manner born on I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl; Easy Street comes as a refreshing change from the other tracks as it’s not a love song, but a relaxing description of having an easy life with lots of money.
The disc opened with a fast You’re Not the Kind, straight in with a guitar solo, and the last track, You Taught My Heart To Sing, a fine example of this singer’s wide range.    
Tracks not so far mentioned are Gershwin’s How Long Has This Been Going On (not to be confused with the pop song of the same name, this song is lyrically much more interesting), and Two For The Road.
The CD is already released and is available direct from Jo (jordijo2002@gmail.com) or at one of her gigs. Lance described it as his album of the year – he may be right
Ann Alex 

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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