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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 December 14

Afternoon

Interim Recitals (Final Year Music Students) - Recital Room, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. Inc. Ben Richardson (jazz piano) 10:00am.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Christmas Swing w Danny Reed - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. 7:00pm. £18.95.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. Tel: 0191 488 8068. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. guests - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Durham University Big Band - Riverside Bar, Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. 8:30pm (doors 8:00pm). Free admission. The band’s ‘Jazzy Christmas 5’.

WCEA Big Band - Whitburn Church of England Academy, Whitburn SR6 7EF. Tel: 0191 529 3712. 7:00-9:30pm. £4.00. (£10.00. family of three). Tickets must be purchased in advance by December 8th. ‘Christmas Swing-a-long’ to include school choir. Whitburn Academy competes regularly at the annual Great North Big Band Jazz Festival.

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

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Farewell John Chilton

John Chilton died this morning. He will be so sadly missed. For so many years a bandleader, trumpet player and the author of so many invaluable jazz biographies. His 1997 Who's Who of British Jazz is one of my most referred to sources of reference and I had a secret wish that one day he'd update it. Sadly that day is gone. Still, I do have the book, signed by both John and his erstwhile contemporary George Melly,
He was a prolific author and an equally prolific mainstream trumpet player who stood, head held high, alongside Humph and Digby in that genre.
But it is with Melly where I think his musical legacy has been cemented. Together they were joined at the hip musically even more so than Melly and Mick Mulligan were in the former's younger days. The photo is one I took at a Melly concert in the late '70s/early'80s.
John Chilton was 83.
May he rest in peace in the knowledge that he will be sadly missed by the jazz fraternity.
Lance

3 comments :

Barney (on Twitter) said...

Thanks for that, lovely words which Dad would have appreciated. Thank you.

Steve Andrews said...

A great writer as you said, Lance. His biography of Coleman Hawkins is state of the art - required reading for any jazz fan, and particularly tenor players. Sad news.

christopher Taberham said...

It was with great sadness that I learnt of Johns passing yesterday .
John and I enjoyed many decades of companionship and I will

always count it as one of life's great privileges .

From our first meeting at the Newcastle City Hall in January 1974 till our last phone

chat a year or two back he was always most gracious and interested in my own " doings "

and spent countless hours during Tyneside visits passing on his considerable knowledge

about performance, programming set lists and the like which has provided a deep well for

myself to draw on over the years in my own work.

Generous to a fault the only thing I can ever remember any slight disagreement about was his insistence that I started to accept being put on the guest list for gigs!

( I of course gave in following John and George saying they where " embarrassed " by me being a paying customer ) Great stuff.

We where always going to try and get to a Football match together ( to see my beloved Gateshead FC but sadly timings and soundchecks always got in the way ) .
It was always an honour to be given his Horns to look after while he signed autographs for the well-wishers after gigs.


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I will forever have so many fond memories John and his Tyneside visits .

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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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