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Today Wednesday November 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Scott Wall - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 1:00pm. £3.00. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Jazz

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Monday, November 05, 2012

ACV @ The Bridge. Sunday Nov. 4

Andy Champion (bs); Graeme Wilson (ten/bar); Mark Williams (gtr); Paul Edis (pno); Adrian Tilbrook (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
A brilliant session - who could say otherwise? This is The Cream of north-east contemporary jazz. Five guys at the top of their game - it would be difficult, if not impossible, to replace any of them.
The sets were based around their previously released album Fail in Wood.  One of the best ever albums made by a local band, tonight's live performances were perhaps the perfect examples of the band going for it - kicking ass - we are the champions (well at least one of them was) - it was tremendous.
Amazingly, Andy announced after each number that the band would probably never play these pieces again! Okay, so they've got a new CD coming out in the Spring but to discard this wonderful music so flippantly and - to not even have copies of the CD at hand to flog - makes me wonder at the marketing strategy of jazz people!
That said, and I'm sure there are deeper motives behind all this bizarreness, it was a terrific gig. Graeme blew baritone that reminded me of hearing John Surman for the first time. Mark, Paul and Andy were "merely, absolutely  superb" and Adrian - well, Adrian displayed just how tastefully you can kick seven shades out of a Gretsch kit - in fact I think AT may have kicked 8 plus!
But, if you guys don't intend to ever play these tunes again,, I'm just thankful that Bird and Beethoven, Monk and Mozart or Ellington and Elgar didn't choose to go down that road.
Photos.
Lance.

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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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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 all of them other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
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Lance