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Mark Walker: "A drummer in a big band is always happy. It's like driving a big bus." - (Downbeat, August 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 Tuesday July 23

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden. See above.

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood; Paul Grainger; Matt MacKellar.

Archipelago & J Frisco + Mark Williams Trio - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £9.90.

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

Friday, July 05, 2019

Alan Glen Trio @ The Globe - July 4

Alan Glen (piano); Paul Grainger (bass); Paul Wight (drums).
(Review by Lance)

Exclusively For My Friends was the name given to a series of albums by Oscar Peterson recorded in front of an invited audience back in the 1980s. The albums were universally acclaimed as featuring Peterson at his very best. Last night, at the Jazz Coop HQ, nestled in the shadow of the Arena, pianist Alan Glen was at his very best playing a gig that could also be described as Exclusively For My Friends except the Tyneside piano legend has, or should have, considerably more friends than turned out at the Globe - their loss.

What they missed was an evening of sheer class by a master of his craft. Shades of Bud Powell, Hampton Hawes, Tatum and Peterson himself flowed from the maestro's fingers and not an iPad in sight - there was magic in the air.

Backed up by Paul Grainger on bass and Paul/Sid Wight/White on drums, from the opening Four to the Bye Bye Blackbird encore we sat back luxuriating in the music we were being enveloped in. 

Stella By Starlight, a 'devil take the hindmost' version of I'll Remember April, Ellington's Prelude to a Kiss with a florid, explorative introduction that seemed to be saying "I love you madly", Milestones - another belter - a 12 bar, Easy Go, that had an intoxicating groove to it and Autumn Leaves to round off the first set.

All Blues, Like Someone in Love, What is This Thing Called Love? You Don't Know What Love is (and those who weren't present don't know what good piano playing is!). The most swinging version ever of that hoary old standard My Melancholy Baby and Cherokee with Wight/White à la batterie to bring the evening almost to a close. If I've got to die let it be now!

So where was everybody? The Metros/buses were running, the weather was fine, no alternative gigs in the vicinity, no sporting distractions on tv or what?

I left with mixed emotions - happy with what I'd heard and sad that there weren't more people to share my joy with...
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