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Bebop Spoken There

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.
Lance

Today Tuesday December 12

Afternoon
Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free. New weekly mainstream session. 2 mins from Monkseaton metro.

Interim Recitals (Final Year Music Students) - Band Room, Music Studios, Assembly Lane, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. Inc. Charlie Philp (guitar) 3:55pm. Free.

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Evening

Ian Bosworth - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. 01642 832813. 9pm. Free.

Charles Gordon - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 0191 233 1010. 10:00pm. Free.

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

Monday, April 07, 2014

GIJF Day Three. Jazz Toons - Jacqui Dankworth w. SNJO. April 6

(Review by Lance)
Day Three belonged to the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Tommy Smith and Jacqui Dankworth although I'm sure others will root for Bill Frissell or Polar Bear. It was a day of difficult choices although anything involving SNJO is a pretty safe bet.
Jazz Toons was all about cartoons and the opening medley which included themes from Batman, Superman, Star Wars, Top Cat and others told the audience of children aged from 6 to 76 that the band was firing on all cylinders..
Suggestion a screen backdrop of the relevant characters would have helped some of the younger ones who weren't quite sure what was going on! As it was, the band all wore tee shirts depicting various cartoon icons - Tommy Smith was Darth Vader!
Jacqui Dankworth looks and sounds more and more like her mother each time I hear her, which is no bad thing, this afternoon she came across in a maternal role herself interacting with the kids in between singing Over the Rainbow (including the verse which I think is better than the actual chorus), Cruella De Vil, Everybody Wants to be a Cat and King of the Swingers. This latter number had alto, trumpet and tenor down front for a Dixieland chorus.
The pianist played a chord and the audience was asked to identify the theme. I didn't recognise it but the kids all knew it was the Pink Panther!
Later, prior to singing Circle of Life from The Lion King, Jacqui asked the children to make animal noises which they did enthusiastically. It was emotional enough to draw tears to my eyes!
I left with the feeling that tonight was going to be special (as indeed this afternoon was!)
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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