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Sting: "It was great. They [the River City Jazzmen] all wore blue suits. The band had been together for about twenty years, which was the same age as the suits." - (Melody Maker Sept. 22, 1979).

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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 October 21

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:00pm/5:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

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

Monday, October 22, 2018

Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender 2018: Sunday afternoon in the Fire Station

Chronotic Brass:  Zach Fox (alto sax, vocals); Matthew Bartlett (tenor sax); Alex Flanders (trumpet); Louis Clayden (trumpet); Tommy Wise (trombone); Bill Duberly (trombone); Jon Whittaker (baritone sax); Jack Dobson (drums). 
Led by alto saxist Fox, who also sang, they gave a jazzy slant to contemporary pop songs that worked well. Impressive too was trumpet player Alex Flanders and tenorist Matthew Bartlett. 
The music was great with the baritone sax acting in a bass capacity, excellent soloists and, at times, a township feel to it.
They all were or are part of the Durham Uni jazz scene.
Kate Peters Trio: Kate (vocal/perc); Martin Longhawn (keys); John Marley (bass guitar).
Having heard Hailey Tuck, Zöe Gilby and Norma Winstone down in The Crypt it may have seemed that Kate Peters was in a no-win situation but, the girl did good and lost little by comparision.
Almost Like Being in Love (coincidentally ALBIL, like Norma's Heather on the Hill was also from the show Brigadoon. What's the odds on hearing two numbers from the same show one after the other by two different singers at two different sessions? But, as I remember, Brigadoon was a fantasy musical where strange things happened). Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps (in Spanish); Nearness of You (just piano and voice); Bring it on Back to Me; Sweet Georgia Brown (terrific piano solo); I Wish I Knew How it Felt etc.; Orange Colored Sky - Flash! Bam! Alakazam! summed up Kate's performance. Promotion to The Crypt next year?
Martin was in fine form with solid support from John. 
Both of the above gigs were free! Sale of the Century.
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.

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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