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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.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Shatner’s Bassoon @ The Bridge Hotel. October 12

Craig Scott (guitar), Johnny Richards (keyboards), Michael Bardon (electric bass), Andrew Lisle (drums) & Joost Hendrickx (drums)
(Review by Russell/photo courtesy of Ken Drew)
In the last week Newcastle has seen audience numbers ranging from single figures to a sold out show turning people away. Sadly, this week’s Splinter promotion at the Bridge must be added to the former category. Leeds’ hothouse product Shatner’s Bassoon gave an intimate, if loud, performance to a drawing room select audience.
Rehearsed to the nth degree, the regular sextet worked as a quintet with the absence of Ollie Dover detracting little, if anything, from the performance. The band’s fulcrum is a constantly shifting beast; Johnny Richards (keyboards), Michael Bardon (bass) or local lad Andrew Lisle (drums). Richards’ three keyboards (one on a conventional stand, one perched on two stools, another periodically in his lap) dictated the direction of the music until a shift in focus to Bardon using his instrument as a giant baton, then the Zorn-like precision of the brilliant, brutal Lisle. Joost Hendrickx, no shrinking violet, to a degree played second fiddle (drums, actually) to the man originally from Morpeth.
Two highlights; Hendrickx engaged Craig Scott (guitar) in a thrilling exchange on Boat Comforts. Not to be outdone, Lisle went toe to toe with Scott in a brutal bout, slugging it out at a million miles per hour. The ability to do such things comes from wood-shedding  for hours on end at Leeds College of Music. It is unlikely that Shatner’s Bassoon and the Newcastle University power-jazz trio Taupe ever crossed paths. One thing is for certain – if they did there would be a mutual admiration.
The low turn-out a disappointment, those into trio VD, Zorn and Sylvain Darrifourcq would have got it. They should have been at the Bridge. Next week’s gig (Sun 19 Oct) is a Splinter-Jazz North East co-promotion featuring the north of England improv tentet Engine Room Favourites. 
Russell.

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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.)
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