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YolanDa Brown: "Ron Dennis (former McLaren Formula 1 chairman) introduced me as 'the Lewis Hamilton of the jazz world'. I thought, 'I'll take that'." - (i newspaper July 17, 2019)

Archive

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.

Until July 21

Today Sunday July 21

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Streets of Brass - Durham city centre. DH1. 11:00am-5:00pm. Free. A Durham Brass Festival event.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle St., Newcastle NE1 5XU. Tel: 0191 232 8695. 1:30pm.

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 2:00pm. Free. A Summer Sessions in the Courtyard event.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Summertyne Americana - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. King Bees 1:30-2:15pm. Free. Jumpin’ Hot Club stage.

Memphis Cruisers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

East Coast Jazz Jam - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free.

Scottish Swing Orchestra & Festival Broadway Chorus: West End Meets Wharton - Wharton Park, Durham DH1 4FJ. 6:00-8:00pm. Free. A Durham Brass Festival event. Details.

John Garner & Paul Edis + Nathan Lawson - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Garner (violin) & Edis (piano) play Bill Evans & original material. Support set from Nathan Lawson (guitar). Blaydon Jazz Club.

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

Friday, March 01, 2019

CD Review: Ehud Asherie Trio - Wild Man Blues

Ehud Asherie (piano); Peter Washington (bass); Rodney Green (drums).
(Review by Lance).

Israeli born Asherie, largely self-taught, paid his dues at the legendary late-night jams at Smalls down in Greenwich Village. It gave him the experience to handle whatever was thrown at him in a jam as well as realising he could look backward whilst looking forward. As such, his take on Louis Armstrong's Wild Man Blues sounds more modern than Parker's Mood! A credit to Asherie and the content of the originals.


Flying Down to Rio is taken at tempo de Peterson and one is tempted to conjure up the mayhem that would have ensued if the film soundtrack had been played at this tempo (in the film, girls were on the wings of an airplane)!

Autumn Nocturne is classic ballad playing at its best. Asherie's choice of chords is as good as any of the great chord-masters such as Garner, Shearing, Buckner, Brubeck, Peterson, Powell - add his name to the list.

Chasin' the Bird is another example of Asherie's fluency - the feeling is that the instrument doesn't own him but that he is lord and master of all 88 notes. Washington and Green indicate that they too are names to be reckoned with in the form of pungent solos and breaks.

It may be 50 or so years since the bossa-nova rhythm entered the jazz lexicon but it hasn't gone away and whilst you sometimes wish it had that is not the case here. Na Baixa Da Sapateira is absolutely gorgeous with a melody that makes you wish that you too were flying down to Rio.

Oh, Lady Be Good may have done wonders for Ella's emerging career, her bull in a china shop onslaught did much for her jazz credence but little for the song. Asherie has the technique to do the same but, sensibly (and sensitively) takes it at a tempo nearer to the Gershwin's original idea without losing the jazz feel it deserves.

Mr and Mrs Gillespie (AKA John Birks & Lorraine) wrote And Then She Stopped which it duly does but not before some more Latin rhythms and scintillating pianistics bring it to that point.
A gem! Available March 15 on Capri Records.
Lance.

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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