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Bebop Spoken There

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 Saturday December 16

Afternoon

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Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band -Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 7:30pm. Second night of two.

An Evening of Swing & Sparkle - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. 7:00pm. Tel: 0191 515 5555 (booking essential). £35.00. Rat Pack act, four course meal.

No Time for Jive - The Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. Tel: 01434 605537. 9:00pm. Free.

Lyndon Anderson Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Snow Ball - St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Oakwellgate, Gateshead NE8 2AU. Tel: 0191 433 4699. 7:00pm. £19.00. Strictly Speakeasy (swing band) & Lindy jazz dance.

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

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Alice Grace Quartet @ the Cherry Tree Restaurant - October 14.

Alice Grace (vcls); Pete Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Russ Morgan (dms).
(Review by Lance).
The Cherry Tree is noted, not only for fine dining, but also for cordon bleu jazz. Tonight was a tough call. Was it the Bistro Rump Steak, Traditional Garnish, Fries and Winemakers Butter or Alice Grace singing Blame it on my Youth? It was a difficult decision but, in the end, the steak was medium but the vocal was rare. 
The kitchen had opened the batting with Lamb and Pistachio Terrine, Spring Onion and Mint Relish.
They were really cookin' but so were Alice, the PGs and Russ! But Not For Me was good enough for me and One Note Samba, despite the title, had no shortage of notes - particularly from Gilligan who has them to spare.
The listeners in the audience loved Alice - don't we all? Morgan's exquisite brushwork was the equivalent of  a musical Renoir and Grainger's bass the canvas.
My Spiced Apple and Brandy Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream was about as good as it gets until Gilligan hit us with a solo on Mean to Me that was anything but mean! Alice threw in a scat chorus that any horn player would have been proud of.
Then there was In a Sentimental Mood and, but you've got the picture, you don't need a list, just make a note to catch this band whenever you can.
Photos.
Lance.

2 comments :

Liz said...

good pics!

Liz said...

me again, can't stop singing "Blame it on my youth" Just listened to Carmen M doing it, also Nat Cole kind of made it his own

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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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