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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.
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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.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Papanosh @ The Bridge July 27

Raphaël Quenehen (alto & soprano sax); Quentin Ghomari (trumpet, trombone); Sebastian Palis (accordion, keyboards); Thibault Cellier (bass); Jérémie Piazza (drums).
(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
The city of Newcastle has quite an affinity with French players, the local football team seems to be made up almost entirely of  French speakers. For the second time in almost as many weeks a band from across the water graced us with their presence and what a joy it was. The upstairs room at The Bridge was adequately filled but it should have been packed to the rafters for this wonderfully inventive and creative band.  
The upstairs room was bathed in sunshine as the first set kicked off with Chameau(Camel)  which had definite hints of the Miles Davis 70’s  electronic era about it. Next up was Icelandic inspired  Skatefulk  this piece was anything but cold starting with a rousing drum solo from Piazza and progressing with whistles and then simultaneous alto and soprano blowing from Quenehen not forgetting some funky electronic keyboard wizardry – fantastique. Fairly fittingly as we were after all above The Tyne the next song  was Aupres des douces eaux (Close to the Water ) this featured a dreamy trumpet solo from composer Ghomari and the entire piece really did evoke the feeling of the title. Baleze featured a machine gun like  drum solo from Piazza and the set concluded with a Mingus composition Peggy’s Blue Skylight this had everything including  Spanish vocals from Quenehen and much  hooting, tooting  and  hand clapping from all and sundry with a New Orleans feel thrown in. At the interval Quenehen presumably as breathless as everyone else mimed the  introductions to his fellow band members.
Set two began with Strawberry of K a film noir style alto solo which  gave way to a cacophony of sound which at times made it feel like there was a  big band   in the room. A marvellous organ solo from Palis performed on the electronic keyboard sounded like Jimmy Smith with knobs on so that the absence of his Hammond Organ was hardly missed (which sadly couldn’t make it up the stairs and the round the corner  to the top room ).  I couldn’t quite catch the name of the next song but it had almost a Procol Harum type keyboard feel to it until Palis decided to conduct the band using his entire body. As he swayed and gesticulated the band played to his every movement. What followed was even more remarkable as the metaphorical baton was passed  to audience member Chris Calver who concluded the piece with considerable aplomb (see photo.)
A terrific bass solo from Cellier introduced Mingus’s Reincarnation of a Lovebird and this also featured a triumphant tenor solo from Quenehen. A tribute to the late great Bass player Charlie Haden La Pasionaria  seemed heartfelt and was indeed quite emotional. The grand finale Gibril Circus evoked feelings of silent movies and the band looked as though they were enjoying themselves as much as the audience who broke into rapturous applause at the conclusion of Le Gig – C’est Magnifique.
The evening really had all in terms of musical styles (bebop , hard bop, funk, big band etc etc) but what made it so exciting was that they were performed in no particular order. You never knew what was going to be around the corner (apart from sadly the aforementioned trapped Hammond Organ) everything was  played with an enthusiasm  and ebullience that could not help but carry you away if only The Toon’s Frenchmen could emulate their Papanosh  compatriots then maybe the 47 year trophy drought could be ended.  
Steve H.

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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.
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