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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).

Fred Rowe Funeral Arrangements

The funeral of well-respected and much-loved trumpet player Fred Rowe will take place on Wednesday, December 13 at 14:00 hrs: Lytham Crematorium (Regent Ave, Lytham Saint Annes FY8 4AB). Afterwards - All warmly welcome for refreshments at 2 Chapel Close, Wesham, Preston PR4 3HB.
No flowers by request donations to Parkinson's UK. Should you wish to donate to Parkinson’s research, please contact the Funeral Directors (J & A Porter Funeral Services, Windsor Court, Windsor Road, Ansdell, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire FY8 1AH. Tel: 01253735423) or place in a collection box that will be provided at the end of the service.
"Please do come along, we would love to see as many of Fred’s friends as possible" - Joan Rowe and family.

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 Wednesday December 13

Afternoon

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.

Brief Encounter - Vault, Hallgate, Hexham NE46 1XD. Tel: 01434 603884. 2:00pm. £7.50. advance. ‘’60’s Jazz’

Interim Recitals (Final Year Music Students) - Band Room, Music Studios, Assembly Lane, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. Inc. Harry Still (drums) 9:30am., Jimmy Jefford (saxophone) 11:15am. Free.

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Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.

Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.

Darlington Big Band - Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Sports & Social Club, Longfield Road, Darlington DL3 0HX. Tel: 01325 380401. 8:00pm. Free.

Swing Street - Pier Red, 27 Castlegate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1LF. Tel: 01289 309168. 8:00pm. Free.

Improvisers' Workshop Ensemble - Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle NE2 4PT. 6-8pm. Free.

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

Monday, March 14, 2016

BSH Talks to Alex Webb about Café Society Swing.

The show, Café Society Swing, reappears at London's Pizza Express this Thursday, March 17, and if you live within the sound of Bow Bells, this is the only game in town. I saw the show a couple of years back and I'm delighted to see that, apart from Pizza, it's also heading north for the GIJF (Sage Gateshead April 17, 2pm.). YouTube clip. 


I spoke to Alex Webb, the creator of the show,
BSH: Alex, last time we spoke was actually at Sage Gateshead when Alexander Stewart was the support for Dionne Warwick.

Yes, that was a great tour and I can't believe it was more than three years ago!  It's rare for a British jazz group to get to play big halls with Steinway pianos night after night ... Alexander and I aren't working together live anymore but we're good mates and, in fact, we collaborated on a recording recently.

BSH: Alexander was also in Café Society Swing when I saw the show in London, in a small theatre just off Leicester Square back in 2012/13.

Yes, Alex and China Moses (Dee Dee Bridgewater's daughter) were in the original line-up. The show has evolved since then, in terms of script, arrangements and staging, eventually becoming quite a high-production theatre piece - but now it's back down to a touring concert show. Both formats work well in their own way.

BSH: Alex isn’t with you this time, in fact, although some of the band remain, the vocal team has changed several times since then. Would you like to tell us about the members of your current cast and have there been any changes in the actual show?

When China couldn't make the 2014 run in London I had a real headache - those are big shoes to fill!  Then someone tipped me off about a singer who was working with guitarist John Etheridge - and I knew anyone working with John would have to be good.  We hit it off and in fact I struck gold - Vimala Rowe isn't just a great singer, she's an utterly dynamic presence on stage.
Ciyo Brown is a multi-talented guy who works on the reggae and jazz scene and can play mean jazz guitar as well as sing this quite varied material convincingly.
The band  moves around a bit according to availability but it's a great team - in Gateshead we'll have Denys Baptiste, Nathaniel Facey, Sue Richardson and Winston Rollins in the front line and Miles Danso and Shaney Forbes in the engine room.  We've got half of Empirical on stage, in a way!

BSH: You’ve also taken the show to New York – How did that go? In a perfect world they should be taking the show to us! 

New York was a gas - I was working with a really hot crew of NY jazz musicians and the vocalists were Charenee Wade, Cyrille Aimee and Allan Harris, who recently won the DownBeat Rising Star award.  Sachal Vasandani and Dee Dee Bridgewater came down to check it out, and we got rave reviews, including the New York Times.  Tough though - 8 shows a week for three weeks - gets your chops together.
New Yorkers loved the story, as they should, and various descendants of club owner Barney Josephson came along and they loved it too.

BSH: There’s also a new project you’re involved in – A Tribute to Torch Song.

There's a great singer in London called Jo Harrop and she's got this delicious, creamy voice and a real feeling for the standards - so we've created an atmospheric words-and-music show which talks about the great Torch Songs and who sang them - and, of course, we get a chance to play them!

BSH: Yes we know Jo – she’s from Chester-le-Street.
Of course!

BSH: When I reviewed Café Society Swing after the London show I suggested it as being ideal for Sage Gateshead and now here it is!

Perhaps you planted the seed!  If anyone reading this can't get along, please think about buying my album 'Call Me Lucky' coming out on June 3 on Splash Point Records. It has eleven different jazz vocalists on it - including Liane Carroll, Allan Harris, China Moses, Vimala Rowe and my old partner in crime Alexander Stewart.  For updates go to alexwebbsongwriter.com 

BSH: Good to talk and I’m looking forward to seeing the show again.
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.
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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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