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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.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Belinda Y Los Vinaleros @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle - March 9

Belinda Voshtina (vocals); Carlos Luis Rivera (percussion/vocals); Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); David Gray (trombone); Elliott Todd (trumpet/flugel).
(Review by Lance).

What better way to celebrate the latest of my countless birthdays than to spend a couple of hours in Havana and, without the hassle of going through customs? Yes to celebrate my birthday Cuba came to Newcastle albeit not weatherwise.

In the Prohibition Bar Cuba Libres were being downed as if we were in Havana's Jazz Café as opposed to Newcastle's former venue of the same name. The music added to the Caribbean ambiance that was in the air and there was little English in the lyrics that were sung so beguilingly by Belinda and Carlos. 


It had been some time since I'd last heard Belinda which was my loss. The voice, the tone is now more rounded and the words delivered more fluently. Perhaps Portuguese (Spanish?) comes more naturally to her. Carlos on congas and bongos provided the Latin drive as well as adding his own vocals to the mix. Alan Law is perhaps the greatest non-Cuban authority on the music and his playing would have been a credit to Chucho Valdes. The horns blended well with 'Showtime' as boisterous as ever and Elliott slotting easily into the idiom. Paul Grainger was, as always, un hombre para todas las estaciones.
Lance.
Photos.
Set 1
1 - El Cuarto de Tula (Sergio Gonzalez-Siaba)
2 - Comes Love  
3 - Agua De Beber (Jobim)
4 - Besame Mucho (Consuelo Velasquez)
5 - Chan Chan (Compay Segindo)
6 - Oye Como Va (Tito Puente)
7 - Quizás, Quizás, Quizás (Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps)
8 - Dos gardenias (Isolina Carrillo)
9 - Tristeza (Haroldo Lobo)

Set 2
10 - La Sitiera 
11 - Vasilon 
12 - La Distancia
13 - There Will Never Be Another You 
14 - Sway 
15 - Lágrimas Negras 
16 - Manha De Carnaval (Black Orpheus)
17 - Alacran
18 - Conque 

Encore
19 - Mandinga

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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