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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 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.

Friday, March 04, 2016

Get Carter @ Northern Stage

(Review by Lance).
We've all seen the film and a lot of us have read the novel by Ted Lewis - Jack's Return Home - so, not surprisingly, the stage version has been pulling in the crowds over its two-week run at Newcastle's Northern Stage theatre.
Torben Betts adaptation of the novel works brilliantly, albeit, at times, disturbingly. Wathen, who plays Jack Carter occupies centre stage [a very bleak stage with a background of a derelict brickyard] for most of the two hours talking to his dead brother, Frank, whilst seeking to avenge his sibling's murder. He carries it off well.
The characters, Doreen, Margaret and Glenda's mini skirts capture the era perfectly and the undercurrent of violence a reminder of the gang and turf wars that occurred in every major city during the sixties.
But why, I hear you ask, am I devoting space to theatre in a jazz blog?
Well, the deceased Frank once had ambitions to be a jazz drummer and Martin Douglas provides effective drum accompaniment to the events unfolding. Also, and it's a big also, Nadine Shah sings a knockout version of All of Me, accompanied only by drums, she is pitch perfect.
Those who watched the film may well remember local girl Deena Wilde singing How About You? 
In one of the touching points with the film, Jack does ask for a pint in a straight glass.
Douglas' C.V. includes the Baghdaddies, The Unthanks and the Tickells. 
The show finishes on Saturday, March 5.
Lance.
Martin Douglas (dms/Frank); Nadine Shah (vcl) + Kevin Wathen (Jack); Amy Cameron (Doreen); Benjamin Cawley (Eric); Victoria Elliott (Margaret/Glenda); Michael Hodgson (Kinnear/Con); Donald McBride (Albert/Brumby/Gumboots).

3 comments :

John Pope (on F/b) said...

Martin Douglas is an excellent drummer!

Martin Douglas (on F/b). said...

John Pope is an excellent bass player!

Martin Douglas (on F/b). said...

Have you seen the show? It's well worth it I reckon, even if I say it myself...

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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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