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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 Two Richard Illes’ Microscopic. April 5

Richard Iles (trumpet), Iain Dixon (tenor saxophone), Les Chisnall (piano) & Arnie Somogyi (double bass)
(Review by Russell).
The late shift on the concourse offers festival goers at Sage Gateshead the opportunity to sit down, relax and listen to a set in an informal setting. The musician on the concourse stage has other concerns – the cavernous space presents a particular challenge with the sound projecting upwards into the gods, reverberating around the concrete and steel interior. The casual and the curious wander past, those leaving adjacent concert halls distract as they depart, queue at the bar or browse at the festival CD stall. Manchester’s Richard Iles has seen it all before and his quartet – Microscopic – presented an excellent set of original compositions with grace and good humour. They knew the score.
The trumpeter crossed the Pennines with a first rate band in tow guaranteeing a quality performance. Two sets, the first of which encountered the aforementioned distractions, the second blessed by a treasured tranquility, the hubbub having subsided. Those present listened and were duly rewarded. Pianist Les Chisnall, a dedicated, respected  tutor in music education, played tastefully behind bandleader Iles’ lustrous trumpet solos. Tenor man Iain Dixon complemented Iles’ work with his own thoughtful statements, the tenor and trumpet soloists fortunate in having bassist Arnie Somogyi share the stand with them. Sage Gateshead pushes the jazz boat out securing appearances by the great names from around the globe. The festival organisers are to be commended for having the foresight to programme other, supposedly ‘lesser’ names. Richard Iles’ Microscopic were a joy to listen to.          
Russell.

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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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