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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).

Evening

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

Friday, December 21, 2018

EXCLUSIVE! Coming shortly (later today) Scott Black's memories of Jimmy McPartland

Many of our readers will be familiar with the writings on Facebook of  Scott Black, an American trumpet/cornet player now living in Hong Kong and a regular at Ned Kelly's Last Stand as well as being a friend of Colin Aitchison. 

Scott's 2016 report on Franco Valussi's birthday is without a doubt the most humourous article ever to appear on BSH.

Reading Paul de Barros' biography of Marion McPartland - Shall We Play That One Together? - Scott's name came up as a friend of her husband Jimmy. Jimmy McPartland, the legendary Chicago cornet player that is. I immediately messaged Scott on Facebook humbly suggesting he may care to send me his memories of Jimmy.
I anticipated a couple of sentences maybe even paragraphs - not so - what arrived was only a few words short of War and Peace! Upon reading it I realised that not even one word could be edited out - I now know how they felt when they discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls except this writing is very much alive and of today. The only solution was to post it in installments and the post which will follow shortly is the first one.
Lance. 
PS: Remember, the next time you shake hands with me you're shaking the hand that shook the hand of Colin Aitchison who shook the hand of Scott Black who shook the hand of Jimmy McPartland who shook the hand of Bix Beiderbecke...

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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