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Bebop Spoken There

Buddy Rich: "You either swing a band or you don't swing a band - (Metronome April 1956).

Sinclair Traill: “Well I don't think he (Chet Baker) can sing either.” – (Jazz Journal August 1956).

Submissions for review

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 Wednesday December 13

Afternoon

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.

Brief Encounter - Vault, Hallgate, Hexham NE46 1XD. Tel: 01434 603884. 2:00pm. £7.50. advance. ‘’60’s Jazz’

Interim Recitals (Final Year Music Students) - Band Room, Music Studios, Assembly Lane, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. Inc. Harry Still (drums) 9:30am., Jimmy Jefford (saxophone) 11:15am. Free.

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Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.

Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.

Darlington Big Band - Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Sports & Social Club, Longfield Road, Darlington DL3 0HX. Tel: 01325 380401. 8:00pm. Free.

Swing Street - Pier Red, 27 Castlegate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1LF. Tel: 01289 309168. 8:00pm. Free.

Improvisers' Workshop Ensemble - Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle NE2 4PT. 6-8pm. Free.

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

Saturday, August 08, 2015

The Early Bird Band @ The Jazz Café - August 7.


Paul Edis (clt/md); Ben Lawrence (tpt); Dan Lawrence (bs gtr); Francis Tulip (gtr); Matt MacKellar (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Taking leader Edis out of  the equation the average age of the band was about 15/16. Close your eyes and the sounds you were hearing came from a much more mature ensemble. Due, no doubt to the ministrations of Paul Edis via Sage Gateshead's Jambone band and the monthly Early Bird workshops run by Edis at the Lit and Phil from whence the band name evolved. All involved can be proud of tonight's session
MacKellar, a frequent jammer at the Tuesday night jam sessions, knows how to drive a band as was displayed in the opening St. Thomas. Edis, later compared the role of a drummer to that of a goalkeeper in as much as you only notice him if he makes a glaring error. Using this analogy he may be needed up the road at Gallowgate on Sunday!
Scrapple From the Apple didn't have a 1,2, a 1234 count in - more of an 'on your marks, get set go' instruction and the musical Olympians of the future burst from the blocks intent on glory with gold medals all round!
With the emergence of Bradley Johnston from the Jambone ranks I thought lightning couldn't strike twice but, in Francis Tulip, we have a talent to cause Bradley to start looking over his shoulder! At 17, he displays a rare maturity in his playing albeit without losing the freshness that only youth can bring - watch this space!
The brothers Lawrence - apologies Dan I didn't quite get you in the picture - were well featured. Ben on Autumn Leaves and Dan on Now's The Time as well as making significant contributions to Tadd Dameron's Ladybird, All the Things You Are and Oleo.
Another Dameron tune would have been appropriate - Our Delight!
Lance.
PS: Oh yes and then there was 'old man' Edis on clarinet - BG Lives! Full marks, not just for his command on this, among the most difficult of instruments, but for his skill and patience in bringing these callow youths to such an enviably high standard - chapeaux!

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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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