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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 Friday December 15

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz Café Christmas Party - Jazz Café. 8:00pm. Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law (8:00pm), Mo Scott Band (9:00pm). £10.00. (£8.00. advance).

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 7:30pm. First night of two. A guaranteed sellout.

Kentucky Cowtippers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Ray Dales - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:30pm. £8.00.

The Standards - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle NE1 4PG. 7:00pm. Free. South American band playing a Greenpeace benefit.

CoSYJO - Washington Arts Centre, Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington NE38 8AB. Tel: 0191 561 3455. 7:00pm. £6.00. (£4.00. concs.). CoSYJO (City of Sunderland Youth Jazz Orchestra).

Smokin’ Spitfires - Platform 1, Station Street, Bedlington NE22 7JW. Tel: 01670 828808. 7:00pm. £5.50. Enhanced line-up (The Mighty Smokin’ Spitfires) with David Blakey (trumpet) & Lloyd Howell (drums).

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

Sophie Armstrong: Jazz at Christmas - Maltings Theatre & Cinema, Eastern Lane, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1AJ. Tel: 01289 330999. 7:30pm. £13.00.

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

Saturday, May 14, 2016

CD Review: Sari Kessler - Do Right.

Sari Kessler (vocals); John Di Martino (piano); Ron Affif (guitar); Steve Whipple (bass);  Willard Dyson (drums); James Shipp (percussion, 4 tracks); Houston Person (ten sax, 3 tracks);
Nadje Noorhuis (trpt, flug, 3 tracks)
(Review by Ann Alex)
Sari Kessler is a very talented woman, a clinical psychologist who has given up her profession to concentrate on music, a New York based jazz singer, songwriter, arranger and also a keen runner. And a very good jazz singer indeed, if this debut album is anything to go by. Sari has performed in the San Francisco Bay Area and various leading venues in Manhattan, and has wide experience of singing pop, soul, as well as studio and radio work.
Kessler states that she wishes to ‘invest each word with meaning’ (a singer after my own heart), and does so straight from the off, with Walk On By, a soulful rendering in a clear pleasant voice, with muted brass and a sad guitar. After You’ve Gone is skilfully sung quite fast yet still managing to be full of pathos, with effective variations of the tune followed by a more hardboiled Why Don’t You Do Right.
The bleakest song on the CD is new to me, The Gal from Joe’s, which I gather is a song about a girl who has died, who must travel the ‘last mile all alone’. The rest of the CD gives us happier songs, such as Sunny; It’s A Wonderful World (not the Louis Armstrong Song); I Thought About You; The Frim Fram Sauce; Feeling Good; Moonglow. But there’s also, an original by Ms. Kessler My Empty Bed Blues, as well as Too Close for Comfort, this one is so well sung that it became quite sinister.  And she does right by her musicians as well (always a good idea!) as they have whole chorus solos, not just the snatches that some singers allow, and they are all well competent, especially the tricksy piano on Sunny and the happy Latin percussion on Feeling Good.
Lance has discussed whether there is ‘room’ for all these new singers.  I would say that there’s no end to talent, locally, nationally and worldwide, and if talent exists, then there’s room for it and it should be celebrated wherever it crops up. Many people would hate to be really famous, to be laid open to criticism on twitter and persecution by the media, along with the praise.
Anyway, before I jump on a soapbox, I should say that Do Right is available on the Ruby Street Music label, from  www.sarikessler.com
Ann Alex

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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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