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Mark Walker: "A drummer in a big band is always happy. It's like driving a big bus." - (Downbeat, August 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 Wednesday July 24

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Saturday, November 10, 2018

CD Review: Lorraine Baker's - Eden

Lorraine Baker (drums); Binker Golding (tenor); Liam Noble (piano); Paul Michael (bass).
(Review by Lance).
Not another singer? Correct! This is not another singer, but a drummer. Why do I sound surprised? I shouldn't do as drummers of the fairer sex are no longer a rare species. Top draw drummers such as Abbie Finn, Caroline Scott, Sophie Alloway and Katie Patterson. make a mockery of any imaginary gender divides in jazz. Lester Young famously gave up playing drums, he said that as by the time he'd dismantled the kit all the available chicks had left with the saxophone players. If he'd been a girl it might have been different - "May I carry your bass drum Miss Young?"
Yes, Lorraine Baker is a drummer - and a very fine drummer is she. Delete the 'she' - 'she' brings to mind a cat. No, retain the 'she' because this person is a  cat - a jazz cat of the very first order.
You doubt me? then just listen to her percussive intro to the first track. It could be anyone from Gene Krupa to Ed Blackwell to a from out of space percussionist. Lorraine Baker is all of these things but, most of all, she's Lorraine Baker.
And, if the album's artwork is indecipherable, the music makes up for it.
With Binker out front and blowing his sox off, Noble digging in behind him, Paul Michael handling the basslines and Ms. Baker à la batterie it's compulsive, driving stuff. Think Coleman/Cherry, add accessibility, and you've got it.
The album comes out on October 12 but, if you can wait awhile, Jazz North East is bringing the whole shebang to Newcastle on Sunday, November 11 at the Bridge Hotel.
Lance.

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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.

Submissions for review

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