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Bebop Spoken There

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)

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 Sunday December 17

Afternoon.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.

Nicola Farnon Trio - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 4:00pm. Tickets: £8.00. Tickets from Mick Donnelly & the band on Sundays at the Park Inn. Farnon (double bass & vocals), Piero Tucci (piano & tenor sax) & Phil Johnson (drums). Gig forms part of Musicians Unlimited’s Christmas Party.

Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's, 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Blues Jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.

Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening

Jazz Co-op Party w. Lickety Split - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 6:00pm. £5.00. Jam session (More Jam) @ 6:00pm, Lickety Split @ 8:00pm.

Classic Swing - The Kittiwake, Claremont Crescent, Whitley Bay NE26 3HL. Tel: 0191 251 3977. 8:00pm. New weekly residency. NOTE LATER START TIME.

Roly Veitch Trio with guests George MacDonald & James Birkett - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 8:00pm £5.00. Christmas concert plus the ‘legendary’ DIY buffet. Roly’s trio – Paul Grainger (double bass) & David Francis (drums).

Jazztones - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6:00pm. Free admission. Gig in the downstairs bar. The band’s ‘Christmas shindig’

Phil Graham - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. 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, February 20, 2016

You lookin’ at me?

(Observations by Russell.)
Friday night in Darlington at the Traveller’s Rest reunited two pianists for a four hander at Opus 4 Jazz Club’s monthly session. Dave Newton made the journey north to link up once again with one of the north east’s finest pianists, Dean Stockdale. The duo last got together in March of last year to play a gig at the Jazz Co-op’s Globe HQ in Newcastle (pictured). Unsurprisingly this rematch attracted a full house in Darlington.
Regular BSH correspondent Tony Eales reports that he almost heard a pin drop such was the audience’s level of concentration listening to two masters at work. The pianists set up their keyboards opposite one another allowing them to maintain eye contact, the slightest nuance picked up in an instant. Duo pieces, solo features, the history of jazz piano at their fingertips. One quirky interlude featured Newton playing guitar…at the flick of a switch, a box of tricks perched atop his keyboard transformed piano great Dave Newton into the aspiring guitarist Dave Newton! Eales’ straw poll of Opus 4’s regulars produced a mixed reaction to this ‘innovation’ with some suggesting Newton should stick to doing what he does best – playing the piano!
Tony Eales doesn’t miss much on his patch so it comes as no surprise that he was present at the Redemption quartet’s Empty Shop gig in Durham the previous evening. University students frequent the place making for a boisterous, social gathering. The place was once again packed to the gunnels and Eales’ observation that the noise levels were so great the band had some difficulty in making themselves heard above the din points up the contrast between a dyed-in-the-wool jazz crowd in Darlington and a bunch of bright young things living the student life up the road in Durham. If the Redemption guys weren’t such decent chaps they could have asked the garrulous hip dudes: You listenin’ to me?
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.
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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