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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.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Jazz Café Jam - March 1.

(Review by Lance)
Like the custodians of the law, our jazz musicians seem to get younger - and better! Tonight saw the emerged and the emerging talents of Bradley, Matt, Joel, Jordan, Charlie Philp - making his Jazz Café debut - and Nick Kalanek all providing proof that the future is in good hands.
However, it's Gilligan, Grainger and Rob Walker who set the pace with A Beautiful Friendship and Emily as well as a couple I didn't recognise. Follow that, was the silent thought that pervaded.
Step up Bradley. Despite his youth, he now seems to have been around forever and the maturity of his playing said likewise. Things Ain't What They Used To Be, the good old Johnny Hodges blues, settled into a nice groove before a Bradley original - Waltz For Jackie. Some conjecture as to who the mysterious Jackie was. Someone suggested Jackie Milburn but, as the footballer died before Bradley was born it's unlikely - particularly as Bradley's from Sunderland!
Matt MacKellar replaced Walker, Gilligan retired, Grainger remained, the trio revitalised All the Things You Are and Stella by Starlight - and the audience reacted [favourably].
Enter Brown junior and Brown senior for Caravan, Miss Jones and Dolphin Dance. Young Brown, who must be all of 16 by now seems to be moving from his earlier Hines, Wilson influences to a more Monkish, Jarrett approach.  Pops on bass not only plays the notes but enacts them with facial expressions and bodily movement. Never a dull moment!
By now the room was, pardon the pun, jam-packed as instruments were being unpacked. Jordan Alfonso blew some fine bebop alto, Fransesco Falconi played No More Blues Charlie Philp added guitar to the mix and Paul Gowland swung in on So What? (I think).
The microphone was plugged in and Lindsay Hannon was switched on for That Old Feeling with David Gray sliding in on Cheek to Cheek. Nick Kalanek played drums, Falconi returned to the upright and the strains of Beautiful Love drifted down Pink Lane as I reluctantly left. Time, tide and the 27 bus wait for no man.
Photos.
Lance.    
Pete Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Rob Walker (dms) + Bradley Johnston (gtr); Matt MacKellar (dms); Joel Brown (pno); Steve Brown (bs); Jordan Alfonso (alt); Francesco Falconi (pno); Paul Gowland (alt); Charlie Philp (gtr); David Gray (tmb); Lindsay Hannon (vcl); Nick Kalanek (dms).


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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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