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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 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, October 12, 2015

The Greek God of Vasilis

(Preview by Russell/photo by Jerry).
Later this month Vasilis Xenopoulos makes a return visit to the north east. The London-based tenor saxophonist has three engagements in the book working with his friend Paul Edis. Their enduring friendship sees Xenopoulos making an annual visit to the region to play swinging GAS book material at two key venues; the Traveller’s Rest in Darlington and the Black Bull, Blaydon. This year there will be an additional opportunity to catch a duo performance and a big band session at Ushaw College, Durham.
The Darlington gig is on Friday 23 October. If last year’s visit is anything to go by a sell-out is on the cards. A snaking queue formed down the stairs fully half an hour before the doors opened – a sure sign that the Opus 4 Jazz Club regulars at the Traveller’s Rest had every intention of bagging a seat, ensuring they wouldn’t have to stand all night! There’s a very real prospect of a full house. Arrive early! On the Sunday (25) Vasi and Paul head to the Black Bull to play at the long-running Blaydon Jazz Club. The lounge doesn’t have a huge capacity, so, if you want to get in, arrive by seven o’clock (the first set will start at eight o’clock prompt). Working on both gigs will be double bassist Andy Champion and Russ Morgan (drums). Vasi, pianist Paul, Andy and Russ, collectively, surely warrant the tag ‘stellar line-up’.
Sandwiched in between Darlington and Blaydon is a visit to Ushaw College. Formerly a seminary, the sprawling woodland estate on the outskirts of Durham city is transforming itself into a cultural venue offering a range of activities and concerts. Jazz features on the curriculum, so too folk and classical music. Xenopoulos and Edis will work as a duo and,  as a bonus, the recently formed Gala Big Band, led by Edis, will perform some standards and one or two of Xenopoulos’ charts. The date for your diary is Saturday 24 October.
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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