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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 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.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Make Music Day @ Darlington Market Square - June 21


(Report by Russell)

A long day - the summer solstice, and a big day - a long-in-the-planning nationwide initiative to get as many school children as possible playing an instrument, singing in a choir or in some other way participating in making music. Durham Music Service embraced the idea to the extent that across County Durham and Darlington no fewer than, wait for it...17,500 kids took part! 

Darlington Market Square basked in welcome sunshine as several ensembles performed to an appreciative shirt sleeve order audience. Two sets caught the eye (ear) from BSH's point of view. County Durham Youth Big Band conducted by Shaune Eland presented a short closing programme at the end of a long day. 


From Mais Que Nada to Inside Out to the now familiar commissioned piece by Matt Roberts titled Steam Punk (that's the one with the train whistle effects!), the stars of tomorrow did themselves proud. Several members of the band will be well aware of local lad, trumpeter Matt Roberts and his rise to fame living and working in London. Perhaps one day some of them will follow in his footsteps.

Earlier, Durham Music Service's junior jazz ensemble - the Little Big Band (including no fewer than twenty reeds!) - was put through its paces presenting a balanced set of pop and rock numbers alongside a jazz standard or two. Stevie Wonder's Living for the City, Chicago's 25 or 6 to 4 (a challenging piece, the boys and girls of the orchestra certainly impressed the early evening crowd) and, one for the jazz fans, Just Friends

BSH readers know only too well that some of the young - and not so young! - musicians working across the region and beyond honed their skills at music colleges and conservatoires but the preparatory work begins at school and today's Make Music Day demonstrated that despite the damaging effects of austerity measures dedicated teachers can, and do, make a difference.          
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.
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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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