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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.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: Milne & Johnston Band: March 19

Debra Milne (vocals); Bradley Johnston (guitar); Michael Whent (bass guitar); Mark Robertson (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex/photo courtesy of Eugene Milne).
This was a most enjoyable gig with good performances from all 4 musicians.  Michael Whent did  especially well as he was depping for the regular bassist and, as such, wasn’t familiar with some of the tunes, not  that you’d have guessed.  Bradley was on top form (when is he not?); Debra tackled some difficult songs well, and Mark came up with really classy drumming. What’s not to like?
I was particularly pleased by some of the interesting lyrics, especially in the original songs which had come from the pens of Bradley and Debra.  Golson’s tune Killer Joe became a song with Debra’s words, Relax, and we all did relax on hearing Debra do scatted 4’s with Bradley’s guitar, highly original stuff.  Just You, Just Me included Debra’s vocalese which told us all about improvising; this was followed by a catchy, amusing bebop number [Eddie Jefferson's vocalese version of Miles' solo on So What] explaining how Miles Davis and Coltrane walked offstage to practise more. Too Busy for Thinking was boppy and lively as you’d expect and The Pickup, all about making a date, swung along well.
Standards included Chick Corea's 500 Miles High, with Bradley soloing at the high end of the guitar and call and response between guitar and singer; Gee Baby was a tender love song with gently caressing drums; It Ain’t Necessarily So had Bradley bending notes; also heard were Horace Silver’s Pretty Eye; Too Darn Hot; Born To Be Blue; Desifinado. The final number was a wonderfully slinky Tom Waits song Temptation, with devilish sounding clanky drums, well suited to the subject.   
Another musical treat at the Globe.
Ann Alex

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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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