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Bebop Spoken There

Dennis Lichtman: "You can be as nerdy and intricate as you want. But if the rhythm section is thumping, any schmo can walk in off the street and be moved by it." - (DownBeat, December 2018).

Today Thursday November 15

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Shoeshop Quartet - King’s Hall, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. 1:10pm. Free.

Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Rd., Gateshead NE8 4LN. 5:00pm. Fortnightly meeting.

Evening

Alan Glen Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. & £3.00.

Paul Skerritt & James Harrison - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free. Sitters in welcome!

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Radio Pensicola Band - Dormans Club, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free. Music from the '20s to the '40s w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bs); Django; Donna Hewitt (sax); Mark Hawkins (dms).

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

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Shoeshop Quartet @ King's Hall, Newcastle University - Nov. 15

Ruth Lambert; Laurie Shepherd; Hannah Taylor; Meghann Clancy

Mr SandmanDiamonds Are a Girl's Best FriendCheek to Cheek - a shoe shopper's delight. 'Les Girls' - Ruth, a seated Laurie (baby bump showing!), Hannah and Meghann - took a break from Christmas shoe-shopping to call into King's Hall to sing a few songs.

Dressed for the occasion in retro chic outfits, the female barbershop quartet performed acoustically to a near full house. Ms Ruth Lambert, singing the bass lines, commandeered the tuning harp as the faux fur-wearing quartet presented a GASbook to late twentieth century popular song set.      

King's Hall's French-built, recently installed pipe organ stood silent as our jazz-infused quartet enjoyed singing a few quirky numbers including Lady Gaga's Bad Romance and the Jackson 5's dance floor filler I Want You Back

At the scheduled two o'clock finish an audience of Friends of King's Hall Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy types and three line-whipped music students erupted into huge applause. 
Russell

The Jazz Lads @ Saltburn Cricket Club - Nov. 9


Ian Bosworth (guitar); Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Dave Archbold (keys); John Daniel (bass); and Mark Hawkins (drums).
(Revue by Ron H)
A pleasing start to the new venue was made with a near capacity audience.
The night started well with Stanley Turrentine's Sugar which, although a strong tenor feature, also showcased John Daniels’ excellent bass playing.

After numbers including Out Of Nowhere, Blue Bossa and an up tempo version of Have You Met Miss Jones? with fine solos all-round, the audience were treat to My Funny Valentine featuring Richie on tenor and showing him to be, in my opinion, one of the finest saxophonists in the area. The first set concluded with the perennial Ellington classic, Take the A Train. 

Jam Session @ The Dun Cow - Nov. 14

James Harrison (keys); Paul Grainger (bass); Russ Morgan (drums) + Roly Veitch (guitar); John Rowland (tenor); Ray Burns (harmonica/vocal); Dawn Furness (vocal).
(Review by Lance).
Another night, another jam, another fun-packed evening? Well er, yes... How could it not be with the effervescent James Harrison at the keyboard? Add Messrs Grainger and Harrison and you have the foundation to build a multi-storey and there was a multitude of musical stories to tell from tonight's players.

A rhapsodic Oh Lady Be Good followed by a fiery Latin piece called, I think, Obsession got the ball rolling and all three were up for it. I'd already lost count of the quotes James had pulled out of the air. Things Ain't What They Used to be; Moanin' and Stompin' at the Savoy, just some of the ephemeral moments that flashed by - American Patrol and Ornithology also figured in  some later numbers.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Jam Session @ The Black Swan - Nov. 13

(Review by Lance).

Such is the nature of jam sessions that the standard of performance is variable and if I say that this week didn't quite have the pizzazz of two weeks ago there was still plenty to savour, not least the house rhythm section who ensured that everyone got the best of support.

Showtime (David Gray) arrived wearing a hat that became a mute or was it vice versa? Whatever, he didn't pale by comparision with the trombone players I'd already heard that day on CD.

Elliott Todd, from Manchester, and George Sykes from, musically speaking, Vermont appeared to struggle early on but, once the instruments were warmed up, got into their stride later on.
The vocalists tended to be under amplified and Poppy's fluting would have benefitted from closer proximity to the mic.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

CD Review: John Fedchock Quartet - Reminiscence

John Fedchock (trombone); John Toomey (piano); Jimmy Masters (bass); Dave Ratajczak (drums); Billy Williams (drums on 1 track).
(Review by Lance).
Another fine trombone album - two in one day!
Fedchock, who came in at No. 17 in the recent DownBeat Poll (should have been placed much higher), has also had a couple of Grammy nominations for Best  Instrumental Arrangement and has to his credit five big band recordings. However, it is his trombone playing that is to the fore revealing a sound with the mellowness of Dorsey and the attack and rapidity of JJ. In fact, if Peter Lin and John Fedchock got together it would be a case of Jay and Kai ride again!

CD Review: Lucas Pino’s ‘No Net Nonet’ - That’s A Computer

Lucas Pino (tenor sax/bass clarinet), Alex LoRe (alto), Mat Jodrell (trumpet), Nick Finzer (trombone), Andrew Gutauskas (baritone), Rafal Sarnecki (guitar), Glenn Zaleski (piano), Desmond White(bass), Jimmy Macbride(drums), Camila Meza (voice). 
(Review by Dave Brownlow).

“That’s a computer” was the unkind, dismissive comment made by one of Lucas Pino’s professors at Juilliard Music School upon hearing the young saxophonist/composer/arranger’s work. “No Net Nonet” is the perfect riposte from Pino and his nine-piece ensemble and we can share their responses in the seven performances on this enjoyable, swinging and energetic CD.

Alex LoRe’s attractive Antiquity features the soaring, fleet-fingered altoist, amidst a pleasant-on-the-ear arrangement full of interest, changes of pace and carefully thought-out section work.

CD Review: Peter Lin - With Respect

Peter Lin (trombone); Anthony Nelson Jr. (tenor/soprano/flute); Benjamin Kovacs (tenor); Anthony Ware (alto); James Zollar (trumpet); Oscar Williams II (piano); Charles Sigler (guitar); Ben Rubens (bass); Nic Cacioppo/ Winard Harper (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Straight down the middle jazz with a contemporary touch although not enough to do any harm. Partly reminiscent of the west coast jazz of the 1950s, the recording took place in New Jersey earlier this year. But, if you're thinking east as opposed to west you're only half right as several of the numbers are songs from the Chinese and Taiwanese popular songbooks and you can't get much further east than that. 

Monday, November 12, 2018

Jessica Radcliffe - Remembrance - Press release

Steve Crocker kindly observed that we at BSH do reviews rather than cutting and pasting press releases which, 99% of the time, is correct. 
However, on this occasion because the subject matter is so emotive and on all the front pages, rather than express my own feelings on the album I’ll leave it to the Ubuntu PR Dept. to describe the November 30 release (followed by an album launch at Pizza Express, Soho, on December 2)
Lance.

(Press release).

The Sun on Danby Gardens by Dr. Keith Armstrong

The sun on Danby Gardens
smells of roast beef,
tastes of my youth.
The flying cinders of a steam train
spark in my dreams.
Across the old field,
a miner breaks his back
and lovers roll in the ditches,
off beaten tracks.
Off Bigges Main,
my grandad taps his stick,
reaches for the braille of long-dead strikes.

Lorraine Baker's Eden - Album Launch Tour @ the Bridge Hotel, Newcastle - Nov. 11

Lorraine Baker (drums); Binker Golding (tenor); John Turville (piano); Paul Michael (bass guitar).
(Review by Lance/ photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
I'd heard/reviewed the CD and knew what to expect. John Turville had replaced Liam Noble for the tour of which this JNE gig was about midway. The keyboarder dug in and ensured that nothing was lost in the exchange. Binker was, well Binker! With or without Moses he's a tenor contender. On bass guitar, Michael laid it down, soloing and supporting effectively.
Baker paid dutiful tribute to her inspiration, Ed Blackwell, and most of the numbers played related to Blackwell and are on the CD. Thus we heard compositions by Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, Karl Berger, Mark Helias plus John Coltrane's Central Park West which I don't think is on the album (the artwork is confusing) but was quite beautiful with Golding in lyrical mode.
The first set was ok but didn't really come totally to life until the final number, Coleman's Blues Connotation, that had our tenor player in full, no holds barred, flight.

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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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