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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)

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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.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Hot Club du Nord @ St Cuthberts Centre Crook November 11.

Emma Fisk (violin), James Birkett and David Harris (guitars), Bruce Rollo (bass).
(Review by Steve T)
A short review, even for me; it's the third time I've seen them since their launch and others have reviewed them too. Also London's Calling - did I just quote a Clash record?
Emma had a cold when she played here last month, passed it on to her kids and now has it back, so I didn't catch all the titles, but her playing was as classy as ever.
On the last night here Lord Paul erected a stage in the middle and this has been retained and adopted at Durham Gala too, giving more people a better view in both.
Collette, an invitation to Charleston, and I'm Confessin’, which I thought she'd transferred her piece de resistance coda to.

You always get a bit of the back story with Emma introducing, so we learnt that Daphne was the first piece Reinhardt and Grappelli did together. This was  followed by an eleven bar blues by Django called Vipers Dream, and I always welcome Jazz people who aren't afraid to upset the apple cart.
Nuages signalled her stock piece de resistance was intact so we now get two,  poignancy added in spades when she informed us this was the first thing they recorded together when they reunited after the war.
I Found a New Baby, I Can't Give You Anything But Love and Sweet Georgia Brown ended part one.
The inevitable raffle earned master Eales a bottle of red which wouldn't survive the night, my wife picked a box of dolly mixtures even though - or maybe because - I don't like them, so I just carried on imbibing and from the response to the second set I'm guessing others did too.
We love Emma Fisk in Crook and we love James Birkett as well, and any friend of theirs is a friend of ours so we love David and Bruce too. More Hot Club Gypsy Jazz Swing built up to a triumphant finale with Dark Eyes, and an encore was a given.
We're so spoilt for Gypsy Jazz in the North East it's worth reminding ourselves how difficult this music is. In a recent online poll, one of these awful top hundred things, guitarists voted Django the second greatest ever, behind the immovable Mr H. And before number two son had violin lessons from Emma, he had a scary teacher complete with classical snobbery, but who had to concede that playing like Grappelli is hard. 
James always likes to say this music puts a smile on your face, and there was plenty of evidence of that tonight.

Steve T.

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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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