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Sting: "It was great. They [the River City Jazzmen] all wore blue suits. The band had been together for about twenty years, which was the same age as the suits." - (Melody Maker Sept. 22, 1979).

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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 Monday October 21

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:00pm/5:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

Evening

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

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Blue Light - the Duke Ellington Society UK magazine


The Duke Ellington Society UK printed Cormac's article in the Spring 2019 edition of their house organ - Blue Light - acknowledging BSH as the source of the material.

The DESUK's then editor, Ian Bradley, who has since stepped down, kindly acceded to my request to view the magazine - I was delighted when Vice Chairman/Editorial Consultant Roger Boyes kindly sent me the current one plus the previous issue - Winter  2018.
The magazines are an absolute joy for anyone who is Ellington inclined - is there a jazz fan who isn't?  A super glossy production that reduces fashion magazines such as Vogue to the level of a daily tabloid by comparision. Naturally, the content is 100% Ellington ranging from a 1940, somewhat unusual interview/portrait by Jack Sher, that first appeared in the Detroit Free Press on March 10 of that year, to an in-depth look at Duke's Peer Gynt Suite.

Anna Celenza discusses the initial reactions in both Norway and America to Ellington's, or, as was later revealed, Strayhorn's masterpiece. It was banned for many years in Norway and dismissed in the US by classicists. Ms Celenza gives a description of Ibsen's play that inspired Greig and, not only Ellington, but a group called the Six Brown Brothers who recorded a piece called Peter Gink! There were others but, surprisingly, the writer doesn't write about the actual players on the Ellington recording causing me to wonder if she'd actually listened to it.

Nevertheless, it's an interesting article and essential reading for Ellingtonians (or should that be Dukists?) along with more on the Coventry Cathedral gig (is referring to a concert in a cathedral as a gig sacrilege?)

To find out more about this wonderful organisation click here.
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.
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