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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.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Jam Session @ The Dun Cow - Nov. 14

James Harrison (keys); Paul Grainger (bass); Russ Morgan (drums) + Roly Veitch (guitar); John Rowland (tenor); Ray Burns (harmonica/vocal); Dawn Furness (vocal).
(Review by Lance).
Another night, another jam, another fun-packed evening? Well er, yes... How could it not be with the effervescent James Harrison at the keyboard? Add Messrs Grainger and Harrison and you have the foundation to build a multi-storey and there was a multitude of musical stories to tell from tonight's players.

A rhapsodic Oh Lady Be Good followed by a fiery Latin piece called, I think, Obsession got the ball rolling and all three were up for it. I'd already lost count of the quotes James had pulled out of the air. Things Ain't What They Used to be; Moanin' and Stompin' at the Savoy, just some of the ephemeral moments that flashed by - American Patrol and Ornithology also figured in some later numbers.

Roly plugged in, switched on and kicked off with East of the Sun, All the Things You Are and, later, Darn That Dream, exquisitely played with sympathetic accompaniment. 

Next up, John Rowland, inscrutable as ever, blew some booting tenor on Come Rain or Come Shine (with the inevitable quote from a certain Gene Kelly movie) and How High the Moon.

Misty seemed to be drawing to a balladic close when, from out of left field, Ray Burns appeared and sang, without a mic, the words to the Erroll Garner classic and, for good measure, threw in a couple of choruses on harmonica à la Toots Thielmans.

A surprise appearance by jazz coloratura Dawn Furness gave Basin St. Blues a workout as well as redefining Bye Bye Blackbird - nice one. More mouthie from Ray - miked up this time.

There Will Never Be Another You and a rollicking Roly's Blues kept things stomping along and the grand finale had just about everyone in the mix. 

I may have got the running order wrong and omitted a tune or two but my notes were in my shirt pocket and I put my shirt in the wash this morning (it's that time of year) so everything is written from memory. My apologies if I've missed out any highlights in an evening jam-packed with highlights which also included a beautiful Georgia on my Mind by James and a 'Hit him in the slats Bob' drum solo from Russ*.
Lance.
*Legend has it that, during the course of the world title fight between Jim Corbett and Bob Fitzsimmons in 1897, Fitzsimmons' wife cried out for her husband, who was behind on points, to 'Hit him in the slats Bob' which he duly did and thus went on to win the fight and the title.

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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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Lance