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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.
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 Friday December 15

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz Café Christmas Party - Jazz Café. 8:00pm. Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law (8:00pm), Mo Scott Band (9:00pm). £10.00. (£8.00. advance).

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 7:30pm. First night of two. A guaranteed sellout.

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

Ray Dales - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:30pm. £8.00.

The Standards - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle NE1 4PG. 7:00pm. Free. South American band playing a Greenpeace benefit.

CoSYJO - Washington Arts Centre, Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington NE38 8AB. Tel: 0191 561 3455. 7:00pm. £6.00. (£4.00. concs.). CoSYJO (City of Sunderland Youth Jazz Orchestra).

Smokin’ Spitfires - Platform 1, Station Street, Bedlington NE22 7JW. Tel: 01670 828808. 7:00pm. £5.50. Enhanced line-up (The Mighty Smokin’ Spitfires) with David Blakey (trumpet) & Lloyd Howell (drums).

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

Sophie Armstrong: Jazz at Christmas - Maltings Theatre & Cinema, Eastern Lane, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1AJ. Tel: 01289 330999. 7:30pm. £13.00.

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

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Paul Skerritt Band @ Ashington Jazz Club August 6

Paul Skerritt (Vocals), James Harrison Keyboard), Anthony Ord (Bass), Tom Chapman (Drums).
(Review by Peter S.)
The August meeting at the AJC attracted our best audience of the year with the appearance of the Paul Skerritt Band. This was a first time for the Club witnessing an up-front male vocalist singing throughout the evening. Dave Hedley of the River City Jazzmen may have come close to this in the past and occasionally male instrumentalists in other bands vocalized but at this session the voice led from the front.
It was an amazing tribute to the music and swinging era of Frank Sinatra and the lyrical phrase "If you can make it there you can make it anywhere" sums up our view of these remarkable young musicians. They offered a cocktail of favourites presented superbly to a captivated audience. The youthful energy and enthusiasm for the music shone through each joyful performance - a delight for all and for me an uplifting experience as a Sinatra fan. It is encouraging for those of our age to know that our music with its wonderful lyrics can inspire the young of today which they present so skilfully and interpret with so much vigour.
These boys certainly made it in Ashington and we look forward to their return in the new year. They deserve your recognition.
PROGRAMME - I've Got You Under My Skin; Witchcraft;  Cry Me a River; My Funny Valentine, Come Fly With Me; Mr. Saturday Dance (AKA Don’t Get Around Much Any More!); Let There be Love; Georgia on my Mind; The Gentleman is a Tramp; I Want to be Like You; Street Life; I Left my Heart in San Francisco; Satin Doll; Almost Like Being in Love; Orange Coloured Sky; Sway; Secret Love; Play That Funky Music White Boy;  Mack the Knife.
As you can see they also included in their repertoire a variety of other songs related to Nat, Dino, Randy Crawford and more.
I cannot ignore the dexterity and imaginative improvisation of James Harrison on the Roland Keyboard. 
Next Meeting ......Wednesday, September 3 ......Maureen Hall and Rendezvous Jazz at 8.00p.m. at the Elephant.
See you there.
Peter S.                     

1 comment :

Patti D. said...

What a great selection of ace songs - timeless classics and some fab modern numbers - Play That Funky Music White Boy sung live in Ashington! I wish I could have been there ......

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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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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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