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Bebop Spoken There

Buddy Rich: "You either swing a band or you don't swing a band - (Metronome April 1956).

Sinclair Traill: “Well I don't think he (Chet Baker) can sing either.” – (Jazz Journal August 1956).

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 Thursday December 14

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:00pm. Free.

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

Evening.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm.

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

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’.

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

Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (tenor); Dave Archibold (keys) - Dorman’s, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. 8:00pm. Free Xmas Party Night.

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

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.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

You lookin’ at me?

(Observations by Russell.)
Friday night in Darlington at the Traveller’s Rest reunited two pianists for a four hander at Opus 4 Jazz Club’s monthly session. Dave Newton made the journey north to link up once again with one of the north east’s finest pianists, Dean Stockdale. The duo last got together in March of last year to play a gig at the Jazz Co-op’s Globe HQ in Newcastle (pictured). Unsurprisingly this rematch attracted a full house in Darlington.
Regular BSH correspondent Tony Eales reports that he almost heard a pin drop such was the audience’s level of concentration listening to two masters at work. The pianists set up their keyboards opposite one another allowing them to maintain eye contact, the slightest nuance picked up in an instant. Duo pieces, solo features, the history of jazz piano at their fingertips. One quirky interlude featured Newton playing guitar…at the flick of a switch, a box of tricks perched atop his keyboard transformed piano great Dave Newton into the aspiring guitarist Dave Newton! Eales’ straw poll of Opus 4’s regulars produced a mixed reaction to this ‘innovation’ with some suggesting Newton should stick to doing what he does best – playing the piano!
Tony Eales doesn’t miss much on his patch so it comes as no surprise that he was present at the Redemption quartet’s Empty Shop gig in Durham the previous evening. University students frequent the place making for a boisterous, social gathering. The place was once again packed to the gunnels and Eales’ observation that the noise levels were so great the band had some difficulty in making themselves heard above the din points up the contrast between a dyed-in-the-wool jazz crowd in Darlington and a bunch of bright young things living the student life up the road in Durham. If the Redemption guys weren’t such decent chaps they could have asked the garrulous hip dudes: You listenin’ to me?
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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