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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)

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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.
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Lance

Today December 14

Afternoon

Interim Recitals (Final Year Music Students) - Recital Room, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. Inc. Ben Richardson (jazz piano) 10:00am.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Christmas Swing w Danny Reed - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. 7:00pm. £18.95.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. Tel: 0191 488 8068. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. guests - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Durham University Big Band - Riverside Bar, Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. 8:30pm (doors 8:00pm). Free admission. The band’s ‘Jazzy Christmas 5’.

WCEA Big Band - Whitburn Church of England Academy, Whitburn SR6 7EF. Tel: 0191 529 3712. 7:00-9:30pm. £4.00. (£10.00. family of three). Tickets must be purchased in advance by December 8th. ‘Christmas Swing-a-long’ to include school choir. Whitburn Academy competes regularly at the annual Great North Big Band Jazz Festival.

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

Monday, June 08, 2015

Durham University Big Band @ the Globe Jazz Bar, Newcastle.


(Review by Lance/photo by Dave Parker)
Woody Herman's Apple Honey got the show on the road - it was 7pm, The advertised 6pm turned out to be doors. Nobody seemed to know in advance what time the actual gig would kick off. The band didn't, the Jazz Coop members didn't and neither did the audience, the majority of whom had arrived circa 6pm! Nevertheless, Apple Honey is a guaranteed icebreaker and when DUBB hit the deck running all thoughts of lynching the Coop PR team vanished!
Being comprised of Durham Uni undergrads the personnel obviously turns over each year as players graduate or are sent down. Debra M summed it up by saying "Best catch them near the end of term".
On tonight's performance the end of term was clearly in sight as those days and nights of rehearsing their extra curricular activities (only a couple of them are actual music students) bore fruition.
After Apple Honey, the only other tried and tested warhorses were Buddy Rich's Love For Sale and Sammy Nestico's Hayburner. The rest were contemporary offerings by such as Kenny Wheeler, ex alumni Matt Sulzmann and JJ Wheeler, among others.
Main soloists were the two tenors, altoman Garel, guitarist Farley, pianist Jacobs and trumpet ace Clark who was outstanding as was Chris Jones as MD and 'bone soloist on Barcarolle although it was Naomi on baritone who, quite literally, had the last word - or rather - note! The undermiked Laura Paul fought an uphill battle to be heard over 16 men/women swinging but when her, often wordless, vocals did rise above it, it was awesome! A stratospheric range, intervals pitched perfectly and a voice that resonated with class.
Good to know the big band sound lives on today - Glenn Miller would be proud albeit somewhat bemused!
Lance,
Dan Garel, Felicity Evans (alt); Matt McKernan John Somerton (ten); Naomi Tansey (bar); Sam Clark; Noah Lawrence, Nick McLeish, Charles Price (tpts); Chris Jones, Nat Jackson, John Harper (tmbs); Matt Jacobs (keys);Ollie Farley (gtr); Luke Stuart-Smith (bs); Tristan Bacon (dms); Laura Paul (vcls).

1 comment :

Russell said...

Absolutely spot on about Laura Paul - perfectly pitched! The line-up, as listed, is 100% accurate. A cracking gig!

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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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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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