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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, March 06, 2019

Sammy Scott @ O'Hare Hilton Hotel, Chicago - Mar 5

(Review by our Man in Illinois)

Flying into Chicago over Lake Michigan the forecast temperatures were something like -16. Welcome to the US of A!

The first-night hotel bar entertainment was provided by singer-pianist Ms Sammy Scott. Comes Love is where the Brit abroad came in. Scott sang in a knowing, world-weary style accompanying herself at a Yamaha baby grand with some sympathetic piano. 

A Little Sugar in My BowlThey Can't Take That Away from MeDon't Get Around Much Anymore, Scott knew her stuff as barflies chatted about the ball game on the tv and business types talked business. Your reviewer and one or two others listenened to the music. 

Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You? (did Ms Scott ever meet Spoon, one wondered?), Billy Joel's New York State of Mind a good choice, so too The Shadow of Your Smile. A MillerCoors' pint of Blue Moon (available in selected Tyneside hostelries), some casual conversation, this was a pleasant introduction to the Windy City.

Sammy Scott said she'd be happy to take requests before taking a short break. Now then, there's an offer! Bebop Spoken Here said hello to Ms Scott. How about I Thought About You ventured your correspondent. I love that tune, replied Scott.  
        
Second set, true to her word, Scott sang I Thought About You. Thank you Ms Scott! A Foggy Day in London/Chicago TownThe Lady is a TrampA Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, yes, here in Chicago one was made to feel at home.
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.
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