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Hugh Masekela: “I advise every kid to check out their past because without a past you are in limbo.” (Songlines December 2017)

Leo Richardson: “I think your image is really important. You look at those old Blue Note recordings and you look at the liner note, the booklet and they’re in the studio and they’re wearing shirt and ties. They used to wear suits all the time.” – (Jazzwise December 2017/January 2018)

Submissions for review

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 them all 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

Today Friday December 15

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz Café Christmas Party - Jazz Café. 8:00pm. Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law (8:00pm), Mo Scott Band (9:00pm). £10.00. (£8.00. advance).

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 7:30pm. First night of two. A guaranteed sellout.

Kentucky Cowtippers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Ray Dales - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:30pm. £8.00.

The Standards - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle NE1 4PG. 7:00pm. Free. South American band playing a Greenpeace benefit.

CoSYJO - Washington Arts Centre, Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington NE38 8AB. Tel: 0191 561 3455. 7:00pm. £6.00. (£4.00. concs.). CoSYJO (City of Sunderland Youth Jazz Orchestra).

Smokin’ Spitfires - Platform 1, Station Street, Bedlington NE22 7JW. Tel: 01670 828808. 7:00pm. £5.50. Enhanced line-up (The Mighty Smokin’ Spitfires) with David Blakey (trumpet) & Lloyd Howell (drums).

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

Sophie Armstrong: Jazz at Christmas - Maltings Theatre & Cinema, Eastern Lane, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1AJ. Tel: 01289 330999. 7:30pm. £13.00.

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

Monday, May 24, 2010

Jo Harrop with the Paul Edis Trio @ The Cherry Tree Restaurant, Jesmond.

Jo Harrop (vcl), Paul Edis (pno), Mick Shoulder (bs), Adam Sinclair (dms).
My late arrival meant foregoing the food - my apologies to those of an epicurean bent looking to have their appetite whetted.
However, for gourmets of vocal jazz, this was a feast of Bacchanalian proportions!
What can I say other than that the lissome lady is 'A class act?' I'd never heard Jo live but knew of her through a friend as well as hearing whispers on the Jazz Grapevine. I was delighted to discover that she was as good as they all said she was.
Kicking off the second set (I couldn't make the first) with a slightly faster than usual They Can't Take That Away From Me she stamped her authority by negotiating the lyric without a safety net - try singing the title line, 'They can't take that away from me,' at speed, without swallowing your tongue!
Night and Day and There is no Greater Love - just a hint of Carmen McRae in the phrasing of the latter - followed by a couple of Billie Holiday numbers God Bless the Child and Fine and Mellow which kept the ball in play. Jo wailed like a Chicago blues mama on Mellow.
After some pre-intro searching for the key Paul gave a Bill Evans' type lead into Just One of Those Things and les tout ensemble swung like crazy. Every time We Say Goodbye, done as a duo, - just voice and keyboard - was magical.
Throughout, the trio had provided great backing with all three guys on form and the evening finished on a more contemporary note with I Just Want to be Free from the Bond film Quantum of Solace.
And then it was done.
I'd had a great evening listening to an extraordinary singer.
And that's not all. Look forward to Jerry's report on the first set plus more photos.
Well done Cherry Tree for such an inspired booking.
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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