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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 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.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

PG3 @ The Globe Jazz Bar - Oct. 10

Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Russ Morgan (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Newcastle was in party mood. The swirl of the kilt and the skirl of the pipes made the city centre seem like Sauchiehall Street at Hogmanay. The reason being that Scotland had qualified for the next round of the rugby world cup having defeated Samoa at the Twickenham of the North - well for 7 days - St. James' Park.
Over at The Globe Jazz Bar, home of the Jazz Coop, it was less of a party and more an intimate soirée in the upper room.
The three musicians were in good form with an imaginative and varied programme that included a clutch of Jerome Kern - the opener, Nobody Else But Me; Yesterdays, featuring Grainger, and The Song is You. This latter number, played almost at the speed of light, had an incredible piano solo and some equally impressive drumming all held together by rock steady Grainger.
Michel Petrucciani's Las Champagne - a beautiful, reflective piece by a pianist/composer who sadly died aged 32 - played with much feeling; Kenny Wheeler's Kind Folk; Jarrett's Prism and a familiar sounding rhumba the name of which escapes me that had a fantastic display of hand-drumming by Morgan.
Downstairs the disco party had begun but we were above such things (downstairs/above - get it?)
The second set included My Corner of the Sky by Lars Jansson; the aforementioned Song is You; Rain Waltz from the pen of Fred Hersch and finally a blast on Lady be Good and these laddies are good!
Lance.

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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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