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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.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
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Lance

Today Monday December 18

Afternoon

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 NE30 4QS. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Monday Music Appreciation Social - Cumberland Arms, James Place St, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1LD. 8:30pm. Free. Duke Ellington: The Nutcracker Suite. CD played in full, in the bar.

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

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Henry’s Swing Club @ The Branding Villa, South Gosforth. October 6

(Review by Russell).
Henry’s Swing Club met once again in the Brandling Villa. It doesn’t resemble Chicago’s South Side in its comfortable South Gosforth location but the music evokes the ‘50s blues scene of the Windy City. Student beardy types frequent the place, office workers winding down after a day’s work sink a pint, burger orders brisk. The beauty of the monthly blues session is trying to guess which nondescript punter – is that bloke sitting over there about to sit-in? – is actually a mean blues harp player, shouter or guitar player.
Lounge Lizards’ Ron and Geoff, house band mainstays, enjoy the crack, enjoy a beer and at two minutes to nine they shout for the rhythm section boys – it’s time to go to work! In time honoured fashion the house band run through a few numbers – Don’t Lie to Me, then Geoff (guitar and vocals), lays down a killing Red House. The Brandling Villa, enveloped in a fog, customers fewer in number than usual, hearing the latter tune made the night…at ten past nine, two numbers in! Kansas City, some Bo Diddley, Need Your Love So Bad, a half hour opening set, get the beers in, the sitters-in ready to join the fray. The round-the-block, stripped-back punk poet known as Thin Man did his thing; a Buzzcocks’ thing, the Lou Reed monotone.
The Man was in the house, at the bar. The ‘Man’, Mick Cantwell. Brandling drinkers are blokes, Cantwell is a beer drinking dude. Cantwell in Gosforth or Chicago is the real deal – the best beer drinking soul-blues voice you’ll ever hear. Messin’ with the Kid with r and b tenor from Cantwell, then the best thing ever – Rock Me, Baby. Brilliant vocals with John McCree on guitar for good measure.
The house band reconvened; Route 66, a ragged Honky Tonk Women, Hey! Bartender. As blues bands go, these guys are as good as it gets. A suburban pub rhythm and blues night in a Camra recommended establishment. Bebop Spoken Here’s recommendation is to hear the voice of Mick Cantwell – first Tuesday in the month, next one November 3.    
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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