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Barry Harris (in 1981): "There is not one place in the world that you can find more jazz musicians from than Detroit." - (DownBeat, September 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 Saturday August 17

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Newcastle Jazz Festival - Tyne Bank Brewery, Walker Road, Newcastle NE6 2AB. Tel: 0191 265 2828. £15.00. All day event, line-up:

Zoë Gilby & Andy Champion (1:30pm)

Alan Law Trio (2:40pm)

Mark Williams Trio (3:50pm)

Emma Fisk & James Birkett (5:00pm)

(Evening)

Alexander Bone (6:15pm)

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band (7:45pm).

Blues/Funk/Soul

King Snake - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Preview: Postmodern Jukebox - Sage Gateshead March 3

Postmodern Jukebox is a phenomenon. Scott Bradlee's brainchild has developed to such an extent that two shows can be on the road concurrently on two different continents. At Sage Gateshead, on Sunday (Mar 3) it's anyone's guess which musicians - and how many - will turn up! 

PMJ's previous visit to NE8 on the banks of the Tyne attracted a full house and it's likely that Sunday's show will be similarly busy. And little wonder given that since Bradlee first put something on YouTube in 2009, PMJ's online videos have chalked up, wait for it...ONE BILLION views! 3.6 million subscribers and counting, it isn't surprising that the 'franchise', if that's what it is, plays to packed halls all over the world.

So, what's the USP? Er, simplicity? Contemporary pop songs reworked as a Motown number or given a swing treatment, perhaps a ragtime interpretation. An ever-changing cast, frequently on and off stage, it's all a bit dizzying. PMJ alumni from the jazz world include Gunhild Carling (a hit at the Gala, Durham during last year's Durham Brass Festival), Chloe Feoranzo (last heard with the Shake 'Em Up Jazz Band at Durham Brass Festival 2018) and Grace Kelly (the sax-playing Grace Kelly not the film star!) and then there's the wonderfully named Puddles the Clown. 

If you like, or simply know, tunes by the likes of Justin Bieber, David Bowie (Heroes), Radiohead (Creep), Talking Heads and Megan Trainor (All About That Bass) then be prepared to see/hear them in a different light. But wait, on Sunday in Sage One the set list is likely to comprise an entirely different bunch of tunes - and that's part of the fun. In essence, it doesn't matter what numbers are played, it's simply an amazing experience! Call Sage Gateshead's ticket office on 0191 443 4661. 
Russell.    

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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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