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Buddy Rich: "You either swing a band or you don't swing a band - (Metronome April 1956).

Sinclair Traill: “Well I don't think he (Chet Baker) can sing either.” – (Jazz Journal August 1956).

Fred Rowe Funeral Arrangements

The funeral of well-respected and much-loved trumpet player Fred Rowe will take place on Wednesday, December 13 at 14:00 hrs: Lytham Crematorium (Regent Ave, Lytham Saint Annes FY8 4AB). Afterwards - All warmly welcome for refreshments at 2 Chapel Close, Wesham, Preston PR4 3HB.
No flowers by request donations to Parkinson's UK. Should you wish to donate to Parkinson’s research, please contact the Funeral Directors (J & A Porter Funeral Services, Windsor Court, Windsor Road, Ansdell, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire FY8 1AH. Tel: 01253735423) or place in a collection box that will be provided at the end of the service.
"Please do come along, we would love to see as many of Fred’s friends as possible" - Joan Rowe and family.

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.

Today Sunday December 10


Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.

Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's, 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Blues Jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.

Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.

Blue Jazz Sextet - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.

Article XI & Favourite Animals - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 8pm. £8 (£6 conc.) JNE.

Classic Swing - The Kittiwake, Claremont Crescent, Whitley Bay NE26 3HL. Tel: 0191 251 3977. 6:00pm. New weekly residency.

Durham Alumni Big Band + Durham County Youth Big Band - The Keys, Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. Tel: 01325 394222. 6:00pm. £6.00. Note change of venue.

Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SJ. 7:30pm. Last one of 2017

Chris Martin & Scott Wainwright - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.


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

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Great North Big Band Jazz Festival (Day 1) @ North Shore. February 28

(Review by Russell).
The opening night of the eleventh annual Great North Big Band Jazz Festival stuck to a tried and tested formula. Trumpeter Bill Watson, organiser of the mammoth event at North Shore (Sunderland University’s Student Union on Charles Street near the National Glass Centre), relies upon musicians and an unsung band of keen volunteers to make the whole thing work. Senior professional musicians working as tutors throughout the weekend took the opportunity to have a blow before the musicians of tomorrow get down to competitive action.
Competition adjudicators Mick Donnelly (tenor saxophone) and Paul Jones (alto saxophone) fronted a five piece band comprising Colin Haikney (keyboards), Neil Harland (electric bass) and Adrian Tilbrook (drums). The adjudicating pair soloed at length (Nature Boy a highlight and the boys boogied on down to Stevie Wonder), setting down a marker to the young musicians listening to the performance. The quintet showed what can be done with dedication and  no little talent. Veteran pianist Colin Haikney shared the solo spotlight and the bass and drums pairing of Neil Harland and Adrian Tilbrook did the business as one has come to expect of them. 
Whitburn Church of England Academy Big Band (MD M Anderson) competed in last year’s schools’ section and on this occasion had the honour of being invited to perform in concert. Excellent section work all round and knockout vocals from Jennie Blackburn on Birdland and a scorching R.E.S.P.E.C.T. (the first tear in the eye was timed at 9:25 pm). The Festival Band has been working with Paul Jones and others in recent months and a unique feature of the band’s set was the presence of three award winning young composers in their ranks and each one had the distinction of having their music performed on the night. Katharine Noble (piano & trumpet) sat at the piano to hear Musica played by her band mates with Paul Jones sitting in and taking an impressive solo. Take a bow Ms Noble. Alice Buhaenko (piano) composed Flourish for Big Band, how proud she must be. Take a bow Ms Buhaenko. Drummer Elizabeth Chapman wrote a tune with no name hinting at Glenn Miller and Ray Charles’ What'd I Say, so earlier in the day Liz’s Tune was born. Take a bow Ms Chapman. The all female saxophone section (two altos, two tenors and baritone) played the intro to Bill Bailey with precision, deservedly winning applause. Stardust (the Ted Heath Band arrangement) called for someone like Bill Watson to step in but he didn’t get the chance as lead trumpet Tom Hill and second trumpet Tom Parkin played maturely beyond their years. 'S Wonderful was wonderful and to round off the night Bill Watson led the ensemble on C Jam Blues. Set the alarm for Day 2 (Saturday 1 March) as things get under way at 11:00 am. With ten or more bands scheduled to perform in the Open Section (university bands and other senior outfits) followed by a winners’ concert it makes for a day of highlights, one after another.        

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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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