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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 Sunday December 17

Afternoon.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.

Nicola Farnon Trio - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 4:00pm. Tickets: £8.00. Tickets from Mick Donnelly & the band on Sundays at the Park Inn. Farnon (double bass & vocals), Piero Tucci (piano & tenor sax) & Phil Johnson (drums). Gig forms part of Musicians Unlimited’s Christmas Party.

Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's, 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Blues Jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.

Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening

Jazz Co-op Party w. Lickety Split - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 6:00pm. £5.00. Jam session (More Jam) @ 6:00pm, Lickety Split @ 8:00pm.

Classic Swing - The Kittiwake, Claremont Crescent, Whitley Bay NE26 3HL. Tel: 0191 251 3977. 8:00pm. New weekly residency. NOTE LATER START TIME.

Roly Veitch Trio with guests George MacDonald & James Birkett - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 8:00pm £5.00. Christmas concert plus the ‘legendary’ DIY buffet. Roly’s trio – Paul Grainger (double bass) & David Francis (drums).

Jazztones - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6:00pm. Free admission. Gig in the downstairs bar. The band’s ‘Christmas shindig’

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

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

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Digital Download Review: Ella Fitzgerald - Ella @ Zardi's.

Ella Fitzgerald (vocal); Don Abney (piano); Vernon Alley (bass); Frank Capp (drums).
(Review by Lance).
It's been well recorded on Bebop Spoken Here the effect that hearing Ella Fitzgerald live, for the very first time, at Newcastle City Hall in March 1955 had on me and, although I heard her many more times over the ensuing years, great as they were, nothing ever topped that first impression and, I was convinced that nothing ever would.
Until today that is when I listened to Ella at Zardi's.
Just under a year after that magical night in Newcastle, Ella recorded this session at Zardi's - a Hollywood nightspot.
Norman Granz had taken over her representation and this was intended to be the initial album under his supervision. However, The first of the great Verve Songbook albums - Cole Porter - was released and quickly became so successful that other songbooks followed and Zardi's was filed away and forgotten.
Until now.

Christmas Jethro Tull @ Durham Cathedral - December 14

Ian Anderson (flute, 'voice', acoustic travel guitar and mandolin), Florian Opahle (electric guitar), John O'Hara (piano, organ, accordion), David Goodier (bass guitar), Scott Hammond (drums).
Durham Senior Choristers Choir, Jason Lowe (cathedral organ), Lloyd Grossman ('guitar', 'voice').
(Review by Steve T)
Some people don't think prog-rock qualifies for a Jazz blog and Ian Anderson defines Tull as progressive with a small p. Many think a more contemporary interpretation of Jazz is music which breaks the rules, takes chances and is more challenging, for musician and listener. 
I've seen them a number of times, at Bury, Newcastle, Lancaster, Sheffield and Gateshead, so we're all but Tulled out, but the lure of this most Christmassy of rock bands at the worlds greatest building was too great to resist.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Don’t Miss The Indigo Voices December Gig At The Globe

This event is on Tuesday 19th December at 7.30pm. Admission is £5 and there are nibbles to eat.
I know these singers well, and I can tell you that the gig is well worth the admission price.
The singers are accompanied by the superb Alan Law trio, who are:-
Alan Law (piano); Katy Trigger (bass); and Nik Alevroyiannis (drums).
The singers are: Barry Keatings, David Edgar, Carrie McCullock, Jenny Lingham, Miriam McCormick and Jen Errington. You’ll hear a varied selection of songs with a hint of Christmas, including  Misty; Don’t Go To Strangers; Bewitched; I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm; Winter Wonderland and All My Tomorrows.   
Be there! Don’t miss yet another good night at the Globe.

Ann Alex

Mo Scott – She’s Our Pride and Joy @ The Jazz Café - Dec 15

Mo Scott (vocals), Dave Dryden (guitar), Neil Harland (bass) & Paul Smith (drums)
(Review by Russell) 
Christmas party time at the Jazz Café! The promise of ‘free festive nibbles’ attracted the interest of Bebop Spoken Here, and, if our luck was in, there was the prospect of pulling a cracker. The sweet little angel atop the Christmas tree, Mo Scott, assembled her A-Team line-up, and, without fanfare, ripped into T-Bone Shuffle and Hound Dog.
Tyneside’s Empress of the Blues and her men in black played a blinder from the off; guitarist Dave Dryden is one hell of a musician. It struck your reviewer that Scott doesn’t countenance working on a gig with other than the very best of blues guitarists. Dryden, Gary Dunn, and for many years, Rod Sinclair, to name but three, all top drawer. Bassist Neil Harland is a busy working musician, and, as and when he’s available, Mo readily secures his services. Teesside-based drummer Paul Smith is equally busy and his presence in the engine room ensured a memorable night of rhythm and blues, Tex-Mex and more was in store.

Friday, December 15, 2017

RIP John Critchinson (December 24, 1934 - December 15, 2017.)

Just picked up on a tweet from Ian Shaw telling the sad news that pianist John Critchinson died today. I knew that 'Critch' had been ill for some time and benefit concerts were being arranged but I didn't know how serious it was. One of the best modern pianists around, I first heard him in concert at Caedmon Hall in Gateshead with Ronnie Scott in, maybe 1979/80. I was impressed. 
Some 30 years later he was with Simon Spillett at the Early Music Centre in York - the magic was still there - and the following year at a pub gig in Crouch End, again with Spillett, he slotted in alongside Martin Drew and Andy Cleyndert for another memorable evening. This was in 2010 and, regrettably, was the last opportunity I had to hear him live. 
However, all was not lost. A 2013 recording with Simon Spillet kept him on my radar and, as I type, I'm listening to that album (Square One). Yesterday I Heard the Rain is a masterclass in saxophone ballad playing and the piano solo maintains the mood to perfection.

Perfection! A good word to end on when paying tribute to John Critchinson who passed away today - 9 days short of his 83rd birthday.
Sadly missed.
Rest In Peace.
Lance.
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Thursday, December 14, 2017

CD Review: The Lindsay Hannon Plus - Make Dark Heaven Light

Lindsay Hannon (vocals), Mark Williams (guitar), John Pope (bass) & Russ Morgan (drums)
(Review by Russell) 
An intriguing running order of ten tracks – the first three compositions are by Lindsay Hannon and Mark Williams followed by four jazz standards then three numbers from contemporary composers. Happenstance? Unlikely, because band leaders are, or should be, meticulous in the presentation of their music to an audience. It would appear Hannon thought long and hard about this. Precisely why the tracks are in the order they are is altogether a different matter. Ask Hannon about it when you purchase a copy of the CD at the band’s next gig!  

Chris Biscoe; Roger Turner ; John Pope. A Jazz North East 'On the Outside' performance @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle - December 3

Chris Biscoe - tenor and alto sax, alto clarinet; Roger Turner - drums; John Pope – bass.  
(Review/photo courtesy of Ken Drew.)
Chris Biscoe & Roger Turner played their first duo gig in 1967 and this tour of five cities around the UK sees them working with local musicians, making each performance a unique event due to the differing range of instruments.  Biscoe and Turner, "The Collaborators" were joined tonight by John Pope with the aim of having open minds in the spirit of pure improvisation. This tremendous improvising threesome first came together four years ago after internationally acclaimed percussionist Roger Turner heard Newcastle bassist John Pope as part of a band, and was so impressed he suggested that they should play together. The brilliant reeds player Chris Biscoe was recruited to form a trio which made its debut at Sage Gateshead as part of a double bill with the Anglo-French quartet Sonsale.   And now, four years later, they share the stage again.

CD Review: Andrew Bain - Embodied Hope.

Andrew Bain (drums); George Colligan (piano); John Irabagon (tenor); Michael Janisch (bass).
(Review by Lance).
Sometimes, reading the blurb of an album can fill you full of enthusiasm for the disc, which of course is the whole idea, only to find yourself disappointed after you've cranked up the machine. Conversely, reading the notes can also act as a deterrent. For me, such was the case here.  A concept which seeks to link improvisation with the increasingly topical issues of human rights didn't get me over excited and it was only after one of those nice chaps at Whirlwind suggested I might actually like it that, with some trepidation,  I duly listened. That trepidation was soon cast aside as the record began spinning.

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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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