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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).

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

Sunday, May 19, 2019

What I Did At the Late Shows - May 18

(Ann Alex)

I love the annual Late Shows, when museums and art galleries etc are open after hours, to show us aspects of their work which we don't usually see, and to provide live music, food and other goodies.
I stepped off the Metro at Newcastle Central Station, only to be utterly frightened by an event called Flux. This was a large screen on the station concourse, showing pink, yellow and black shapes, representing the air pollution in Newcastle in places such as Jesmond, the Redheugh Bridge, and the Coast Road. There was sound as well, moaning low sounds, and lots of black shaped nitrogen dioxide.
I was wondering how I was still alive, so thought I'd better go to church, St Nicholas's, where the live music was quite good. Someone called Sam played guitar to accompany his offerings of Dylan, Tom Waits, and general songs about life. Then came a band, (guitars, drums, violin) with Stuck in the Middle with You, followed by Irish songs such as The Galway Shawl. Very versatile, but time to move on and have a drink.

At the Central Library they had only gluten-free beer left, so that had to do (spot the influence of Russell, I'm writing about what I drink at gigs, as he does). One corner of the ground floor was given over to a silent disco – young people wearing headphones, dancing to music only they could hear, what a great idea! I did wonder if they could all hear the same music, or did they have a choice?

Then a loud brass instrument sounded from somewhere upstairs, then another from the other side, a saxophone from somewhere, a trombone behind me, it's David Gray A.K.A. Showtime, it's the Northern Monkey Brass Band, who made their way to the stage from all sides, causing much hilarity and applause. They gave us a really fine set of tunes, including Born to Run, a Michael Jackson number, some originals, we even demanded an encore. Great music from 2 trombones, a tenor sax, trumpet and flugelhorn (I think), a tuba (or a sousaphone?), and of course drums and cymbals. I wanted to dance.

The band ceased and the staff began to stack chairs, but it wasn't quite the end. A woman came to tell us that there is a project to collect people's memories of Newcastle’s night life, so she left her email address and said that even recent memories would do. So we can tell her all about jazz in Newcastle. More publicity! Not a bad night at all.
Ann Alex.

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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