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Craig Taborn: "Every sound you make is a choice, and it's a choice made in relation to everything happening around you" - (DownBeat, May 2019).


Today Thursday April 18



Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.



DJazz: Durham City Jazz Festival Launch - Courtyard Café, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN. 7:00pm. £5.00. Featuring Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston.

JR Trio - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student). Line-up: James Romaine (alto sax); Asaph Tal (double bass); Kai Chareunsy (drums). Birmingham Conservatoire student trio. Gig replaces Francis Tulip Quintet (to be rescheduled).

Archipelago + Paul Taylor - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 7:45pm. £8.00. (£6.00. concs). JNE.

Anth Purdy - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free. Tees Hot Club: Dormans Jazz Festival.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Joseph Carville Trio - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle NE1 4PG. Tel: 0191 232 5871. 8:00pm. Free. Carville (piano), Allan Peat (double bass), Mark Rayner (drums).

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

Monday, February 04, 2019

Happy Birthday to our Number One Fan

Liz Harris - our Lady in York - has been a fan of BSH since day one almost 11 years ago and today (Feb. 4) is her birthday. In the attached photo, Liz is the stunning blonde between the guitars in the back row.

It's a family photo so, as you can see, they are/were a very musical/guitar family. In the front row, (l-r) are her late parents - her dad, Bob Goodall, was described in Van Wilson's history of popular music in York - Rhythm and Romance - as, "being as near to Django Reinhardt as you're ever going to get" and he was a regular on the York jazz/dance band scene in the post-war years. 
Liz's sons, Simon (yet to be born at the time of the pic which appeared in the local press) and Kevin, also played guitar from an early age. Simon and his wife Samantha are involved in music and theatre in the Brighton area whilst Kevin and his partner Sarah are directors of DIME which has music schools in Denver and Detroit.

Her siblings too were all musicians, Ron, until ill-health curtailed his activities was a well-respected bass guitarist in and around North Yorkshire - ask Jeremy McMurray or John Cowan - her youngest brother, David, to the right of Kevin, took to the six strings early - he also blows a mean harp.

Brother Les (back row, far right) is described by Liz as the greatest authority on Django she knows and he still practices daily. Norman, far left, who now lives in Canada began as a skiffler (the hairstyle may be a clue) and knocks out Rock Island Line as a party piece. 

Sister Irene, next to Norman, Liz tells me also sang around the family gigs - Fever her specialty.

As for Liz herself, she loves, Sinatra, Tormé, Bublé, Barbara Cook, Sondheim and, naturally, Django.

We wish her well.


Liz said...

Oh thank you Lance, that is such a lovely tribute to my family, as the great Bard of Avon said " If music be the food of love, play on"
Bless you for your kind words, it means a lot to me, as does our long friendship.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday for yesterday Liz from Ann Alex

Liz said...

thank you Ann x

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