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Art Blakey: "You [Bobby Watson] don't want to play too long, because you don't know if they're clapping because they're glad you finished!" - (JazzTimes, Nov. 2019).

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Today Saturday November 16

Afternoon

Jazz

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hammer & Pincers, Preston Lane, Preston le Skerne, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH. Tel: 01325 314873. 1:00pm. £2.00.

Evening

Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00.concs.). A Jazz Co-op-JNE-Jazz North Northern Line promotion.

Niffi Oseyemi Trio - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Blues/Funk/Soul

Ian Siegal - Old Cinema Launderette, Marshall Terrace, Durham DH1 2HX. 7:45pm. £20.00. + £2.00. bf.

Red Hot Riot - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Friday, December 06, 2013

Jazz Café Preview Thursday December 5.

Paul Edis (piano).
This was it! A preview of the new, refurbished, dare I say sanitised?, Jazz Café. When Keith Crombie died the legendary Café on Newcastle's Pink Lane died with him. Like its supremo it was scruffy, it was ragged and unkempt. Yet it had an ambience that could never be re-created. The ambience died with Keith.
So what can we expect from this new, ambience free, venue?
Time. A Jazz Café or a Rome isn't built in a day. However, the signs are promising. The area is, or at least appears to have extra space with a more accessible bar counter and eager staff.
The walls and bar front, although newly decorated in, I'm told, an art décor style, are sparse and bare. A selection of jazz photos or paintings would add warmth and tell the customers that this a jazz venue. A photo of Crombie above the bar would be a nice touch (Nice touch! There should be a blue plaque outside!) The upper floors are still a work in progress.
Tonight, as the select audience supped vino and nibbled on vol au vents, Paul Edis played fine piano - not always appreciated by the less discerning - but adored by the BSH team. Standards such as the appropriate Stormy Weather, Angel Eyes, Ain't Misbehavin' and The Touch of Your Lips. Jazzers in the form of Blue Monk, Joyspring, Waltz For Debbie, 'Round Midnight and Watermelon Man - plus umpteen more. Bravo Paul.
The official opening is on Saturday (Dec. 7). 
Entry is free from 7-8pm, £4 after 8pm.
Alan Law plays from 8:15pm and the Slowlight Quartet from 10:15pm.
We wish it well.
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.
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