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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 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.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

SHIVER/D'Silva, Pope & Alderson @ Bridge Hotel, Newcastle

SHIVER
Chris Sharkey (guitar); Andy Champion (electric bass); Joost Hendrickx (drums). 
(Review/photos courtesy of Ken Drew)
What can I say?  We’ve seen Shiver in various locations so we know their style, we know what to expect. Or rather, we thought we knew what to expect - would anything be different for a ‘Splinter’ session?
Overall, it began with what appeared to be a slow-burning fuse which gave time for the audience to witness and relish the construction of the multi-layered soundscape which was slowly unfolding in complexity and power.  Bass loops, guitar loops, with adjustments to both yet fully supported throughout by Hendrickx’s own rhythms perfectly complementing the guitar and bass riffs and rhythms.
 Then onto a meandering bass line from Champion, with Sharkey playing a simple melody on a small keyboard nicely enhanced by various effects yet still with the drums evident and constantly busy.  No effects for Hendrickx – mallets, sticks and manual dexterity were used to great effect.  A relatively quiet passage, quite peaceful – but consistent with the evolving soundscape throughout. This was a well disguised segue which took us through the more familiar Shiver territory through further development of the multi-layered sounds they had laid out before us, building to an almighty crescendo resulting from the furious energy which the trio had been holding in reserve.   
We knew what to expect – and they delivered!!  The two segued pieces were expertly delivered in a familiar style, but still a unique performance nonetheless.  We had witnessed and thoroughly enjoyed an awesome sonic powerhouse in action – and loved every second!! 
D’Silva,  Pope  & Alderson
 Karl D’Silva (alto sax); John Pope (bass); Christian Alderson (drums)

The double bill opened with a band who are fresh on the scene. D’Silva’s first performance for Jazz North East on Tyneside, and meeting Alderson for the first time during the sound check. That’s a NEW band playing Improv at its freshest.   Expectations were based on their individual talents – so how would the ensemble gel in just one set?  The first piece was generally quiet with occasional outbursts. The next, extended piece, took time to explore various rhythms & interplay among the band. A final shorter piece was loud and expressive i.e. dynamic! Full of statements with the band members playing as if they had all been here and played before.  Overall, very energetic with melodic and thoughtful passages from D’Silva.  Often driven by the bass, usually rhythmic yet sometimes percussive (not exactly bass-slap) but always supporting and often pushing to explore new areas – quite a driving force!  Alderson’s contribution was consistently evident, again thoughtful passages demonstrated the close interplay within the trio.  Overall a varied 3 pieces, nicely contrasting, and cohesive throughout.  A line-up that works, and works really well!
Photos.
Ken Drew

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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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