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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.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Jam Session @ The Dun Cow, Jesmond - Dec. 12

Mark Williams (guitar); Andy Champion (bass); Russ Morgan (drums) + Matthew Fairhurst (drums); John Rowlands (tenor sax); Ray Burns (accordion); David Olatunji (trumpet); Jordan Alfonso (alto).
(Review by Lance).
A relatively low key evening with audience numbers low and sitters-in sitting out - apart from the select few.

A comfortable start by the exquisite trio of Williams, Champion and Morgan. It Could Happen to You; Jobim's If You Never Come to me and a belting The Song is You. Mark Williams must have been transmitting some sonic signals during his dextrous dash through the changes of this latter tune as, during the course of a F#m7(b5) inversion, some Christmas decorations descended from above and had a member of the audience down for an 8 count. As the earlier song said - It could happen to you!
Matthew Fairhurst is fast gaining a reputation as a steady and tasteful drummer which he displayed on Solar and, when the inscrutable John Rowland joined the party, more aggressively on Cottontail and Four. JR blew some booting tenor that kept things swinging along nicely. 

After that ever-present lady, Miss Jones (Rodgers & Hart) was introduced, a face new to the jam circuit appeared. Trumpet player David Olatunji made a hesitant debut on Beautiful Love but became more confident on All of Me during the course of which the ubiquitous Ray Burns unwrapped his accordion.

After an intermission, it was all hands to the pump with Jordan Alfonso blowing alto, JR on tenor, Burnsy and Olatunji all wailing on Caravan followed by Doxy and the jammers' national anthem - Take the A Train or, in my case, the metro after an evening that turned out to be not low key at all.
Lance.
PHOTOS.

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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