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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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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 August 19

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.

Evening

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

Monday, May 13, 2019

Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival: Keith Nichols Orchestra + Harlem Meer Cats - May 10

The Theatre by the Lake's idyllic setting by Derwentwater is home to Keith Nichols' many concert presentations. At this year's festival, Nichols applied his 'classic jazz' era expertise to a three-concert series - Ellington in Harlem (Friday), his Ragamuffins' outfit (Saturday) and the Festival Orchestra's grand finale (Sunday).

One Night in Harlem transported a near full house to Duke Ellington's late 20s/early 30s stomping ground as Nichols painted a picture of the Cotton Club days with Cotton Club Stomp (no.2) an appropriate opener. The veteran band leader commands the respect of (and works with) the very best musicians and with the likes of Tom 'Spats' Langham and Enrico Tomasso in the line-up, the evening couldn't be anything other than a resounding success. 

Black and Tan Fantasy, Langham's vocal on In My Solitude and, unsurprisingly, It Don't Mean a Thing with the orchestra in top form, made this an evening to remember. 

Earlier Ned Bennett's six-piece Harlem Meer Cats (including trumpeter Ben Cummings, pianist Colin Good and drummer Nick Ball) set the ball rolling with a similarly fine selection of Ellingtonia.   
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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Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance