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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.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

CD Review: Leonard & Florin - Jazz

(Review by Russell).
Newcastle’s buskers are many. Many of them are good, very good. Singer/songwriters, operatic tenor, classical violinist, masked Death Star mini-keyboardist, kitchen-sink percussionist, imperious, looping jazz-funk bassist, brass collective, long-haired fret-shredder. And then there is the Romanian duo Leonard and Florin.
Clarinettist Leonard and altoist Florin pitch-up at a number of locations around town. A regular spot outside the historic grade one listed Grainger Market on Clayton Street sees them jostling for position with ‘independent’ street traders (newly acquired sportswear, cigarette lighters etc). Jazz-leaning populists, Leonard and Florin have recorded a debut CD titled Jazz. A kitchen table enterprise (flimsy, cracked plastic cover, a jagged-edged inlay), imaginatively titled tunes including Happy of Clarinet, Make This Knife (sic) and Take the Train (sic), everything about Jazz suggests it has been a labour of love. 
The ten tracks are in reality nine (someone can’t count), the running order doesn’t in any way correspond with the music heard (in fact some of the tunes listed aren't on the CD!) and, best of all, Leonard and Florin play along to a succession of kitsch backing tracks.
The jazz element on the recording is strictly limited. The melodies are played with ease, punter friendly, sing-a-long presentation the objective. The CD is available direct from the on-street duo. The price is negotiable. A first enquiry met with the response ‘£10.00.’
A trip round the market (cheese, veg etc), then exiting near the still-playing duo, a shout of ‘£5.00.’ from Florin, the altoist, sealed the deal.  
Jazz is unlikely to make Bebop Spoken Here’s shortlist for CD of the Year. However, if the duo of Leonard and Florin made it along to the Jazz Café’s regular jam session there is little doubt they would hold their own playing some real jazz. An invitation beckons.      
Russell.

1 comment :

Lance said...

I heard them in South Shields in March - they must have been on tour. The line-up then was clarinet and trumpet.
They can play.

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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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