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Today Tuesday July 17

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Glenholme Park, New Road, Crook DL15 8LN. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

Jam session - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free. House trio: Steve Glendinning, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

Francis Tulip Quartet - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB. Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

Reel Brass + Shake ‘Em Up Brass Band - Lanchester, Co. Durham DH7. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Town centre street performance. Durham Brass Festival (Street Ceilidh).

Hokum Hotshots - Royal Northumberland Yacht Club, South Harbour, Blyth NE24 3PB. 7:00pm. £10.00.

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

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Durham Brass Festival: James Morrison Quartet @ Gala Theatre - January 16.

James Morrison (trumpet/trombone/flugel/piano); William Morrison (guitar); Harry Morrison (bass); Patrick Danao (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Another knockout Durham Brass Festival concert. This time by the amazingly gifted Australian multi-instrumentalist James Morrison.
Morrison, accompanied by sons William and Harry along with super drummer Danao blew trumpet à la Dizzy, trombone with the rapid technique of JJ and, on piano, just about outran Peterson.
A Beautiful Friendship began soft and gentle,  treating the ballad with the respect it deserves. A nice solo from his number 2 son William on guitar before James exploded reaching Dizzy heights and beyond. We also got a taster of Danao's drums.
In the Silence of the Night, a composition by William featured his pop on a most unusual instrument.
Difficult to make out from where I was sitting. It could be a rotary valved flugelhorn or some kind of bass trumpet. It had the mellifluous sound of a flugel but maybe it was a hybrid James himself had designed.

Monday, July 16, 2018

The Reunion @ Blaydon Jazz Club - July 15

Colin Aitchison (trumpet, teapot, vocals); Franco Valussi (clarinet, vocals); Steve Andrews (tenor, baritone, clarinet); Roly Veitch (guitar, vocals); Roy Cansdale (double bass) + Neville Sarony (vocals)
(Review by Russell).
The Reunion is an annual event, it's a band, a gathering of friends playing a few jazz numbers in the lounge of the Black Bull public house in Blaydon. If no one turned up it wouldn't matter too much as the musicians on the stand would play for their own pleasure. 

They come from all parts...Cumbria, Worcestershire, far away Hong Kong and downtown Winlaton - that's the band. In the main, Blaydon Jazz Club's audience is drawn from the Tyneside area, however, for this annual get together a large contingent of fans make the trip all the way from Hong Kong! Trumpeter Colin Aitchison, born in North Shields, long-since resident in Hong Kong, returns to Tyneside year after year and a planeload of supporters exchange Ned Kelly's, Kowloon's famous jazz venue, for the equally famous Blaydon Jazz Club. The band's classy Italian clarinettist Franco Valussi, another Hong Kong-based musician, looks forward to renewing acquaintance with fellow reedsman Steve Andrews and the rhythm section boys, eschewing the spotlight - Roly Veitch, guitar, and bassist Roy Cansdale - purr like contented cats.

Summer Streets Festival @ Tall Ships, Sunderland - July 14

(Review by Russell).
For one year only, Sunderland's Summer Streets Festival relocated from Southwick to Seaburn Recreation Park. The little matter of the Tall Ships setting sail from the Wear during the afternoon to race across the North Sea to Scandinavia influenced the thinking of the organisers, it was, quite simply, too good an opportunity to turn down. 

All week perfect weather greeted an estimated one million plus visitors to Wearside and Saturday afternoon's entertainment in Seaburn Recreation Park saw a large crowd basking in soaring temperatures. Three stages, several smaller tented facilities, numerous portaloos, food and drink concessions...visitors could be forgiven for thinking Seaburn was like this all the time! 

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Mavis Staples @ The Boiler Shop, Newcastle - July 13

Mavis Staples (vocals); Rick Holmstrom (guitar, vocals); Jeff Turmes (bass guitar); Stephen Hodges (drums); Vicki Randle (vocals); Donny Gerrard (vocals) + Benjamin Booker (vocals) 
(Review by Russell)
The Boiler Shop on South Street, the historic site of Stephenson's Works, the workshop in which George and Robert Stephenson built the first locomotives - Locomotion and Rocket - has been lovingly restored to its former glory.  


On a sweltering Friday evening, Sage Gateshead's concert promotion across the Tyne in Newcastle attracted a near capacity crowd to hear a set of blues, gospel and r 'n' b by one of the enduring figures in popular music. 

The Staples Singers first came to public attention in 1949 and since then the family, for many years guided by Pops Staples, has continued to preach the gospel, the book of good music. Mavis Staples, seventy-nine years young last Tuesday, took to the stage to a heroic reception from an adoring crowd. Backed by her long-serving trio - Rick Holmstrom, guitar, Jeff Turmes, bass and drummer Stephen Hodges - and friends Vicki Randle and Donny Gerrard supplying sublime backing vocals, Staples worked the crowd for seventy-five minutes, later returning to the stage to deliver a fifteen-minute encore. 

CD Review: The John Bailey Quintet - In Real Time

John Bailey (trumpet/flugel; Stacy Dillard (tenor/soprano); John Hart (guitar); Cameron Brown (bass); Victor Lewis (drums) + Janet Axelrod (flute) & Leo Grinhauz (cello) on 1 track.
(Review by Dave Brownlow)
The first album for trumpet player, arranger and  composer John Bailey, who, having spent more than thirty years in the music business “paying his dues” as an in-demand sideman, emerges from the shadows as the leader/arranger of a technically accomplished quintet. The group’s instrumentation provides excellent variation throughout – guitar instead of piano in the rhythm section, with trumpet or flugelhorn and soprano or tenor sax. Flute and cello are added to good effect on Morro Velho.

Jazz with Your Coffee?

BSH is a jazz blog, I know, but I like to recommend coffee shops where you can hear jazz played. I’ve mentioned the good selection of recorded music to be heard in Nero’s Caffe in King Street at South Shields, both jazz and other interesting music, such as Joni Mitchell tracks.
I discovered another such venue just yesterday – Chai Coffee House, next to the Chichester Metro station at South Shields (Chai, Chi, get it?) An abundance of swing music, Ella I think, to accompany a delicious selection of food, toasted bagels, smoothies, etc . And what’s more, this is run mainly by volunteers, for Hospitality & Hope, an organisation which supports people who are homeless or at risk. Everything you spend goes to the charity. I’ll be there again soon!
Ann Alex  

CD Review: Kate Reid - The Heart Already Knows

Kate Reid (vocals, most arrangements); Paul Meyers (guitar 1, 7); Larry Koonse (it’s that man again! Guitar 2,4); Fred Hersch (piano 3,9,11); Romero Lubambo (guitar 5, 10); Taylor Eigsti (piano 6,8); Peter Eldridge (producer)
(Review by Ann Alex).
Chances are that you’ve heard the pleasing, sultry voice of Ms Reid before, on films such as Star Trek into Darkness and Men in Black III. She hails from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, plays piano (though not on this CD) and is a very accomplished lady with a Doctorate of Music Arts from the University of Miami. Our singer has appeared with her quartet in the Los Angeles area, and worked with many great jazz musicians, not least the stellar selection on this album, which is her third CD. The tunes are a well thought out mixture of jazz standards, modern jazz, and pop tunes, some of which were new to me. All tracks are duos, giving a different take on many of the songs, which, listed by track, are:

Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Unmissable James Morrison approaches

There is just so much going on in this year's Durham Brass Festival both indoors and outdoors including many free ones that it's easy to overlook one and regret it for the rest of your life which is what would have happened  to me had I missed last night's performance by 'Swedish blonde bombshell' the multi-instrumentalist Gunhild Carling.
There's another 'must see' event on Monday at the Gala Theatre - The James Morrison Quartet. The Australian, like Gunhild, is primarily a trumpet player who also just - just! - happens to be a virtuoso on a multitude of other instruments. For those doubting his jazz credentials, Morrison was first choice to portray Dizzy Gillespie at last summer's BBC Prom's tribute.
Bassist Ray Brown called him "The Genius" and Wynton Marsalis, himself no slouch as a trumpet player, said "Man, James Morrison can play".
What more is there to say except he's at The Gala Theatre this Monday (July 16). Like Gunhild Carling, James Morrison's a once in a lifetime person.
Not to be missed whether you're a trumpet player, a trombonist, pianist, bassist, saxophonist or a misc. instrumentalist you'll want to hear him and, if you're none of those, after hearing him you'll want to be one - take your pick.
Lance.

Breaking News! RIP Nancy Sinatra Sr.

Just heard that Frank Sinatra's first wife Nancy has died aged 101.
More later.
Details.
Lance

Women in Brass; The Carling Family Band; The Chrissy Lee Big Band etc. @ Gala theatre, Durham - July 13.

Gunhild Carling (trumpet/trombone/recorder/bagpipes/bass/piano/vocals/tap dance); Max Carling (clarinet/juggling); Aina Carling (banjo/bass); Ulf Carling (drums/vocals); Linnea Carling (bass/banjo/vocals); Nanna Carling (soprano/alto/piano/drums/vocals); Petronella Carling (trombone/vocals); ? (piano); Junior Carling (vocals/dancing).
(Review by Lance/photo, from Gunhild Carling's website, shows the band arriving at Durham Station).
It's a couple of hours later and I'm still getting my breath back. I've never witnessed anything quite like this - who said vaudeville was dead! This was absolutely incredible - no wonder this Swedish Family band sold-out Birdland. Every one of them an entertainer, a multi-instrumentalist and a brilliant jazz player.
Gunhild is the sun in a galaxy of stars on stage. When she's not playing 3 trumpets at once or playing double bass at the same time as she's blowing trumpet with no hands, she's blowing great jazz trumpet or trombone or singing like a Chicago blues mama without any gimmicks apart from looking absolutely stunning.

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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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