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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 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.

Friday, March 11, 2016

The Jazz Clams @ The Globe - March 10.

David Keighley (saxes); Thomas MacMillan (gtr); Adrian Sander (bs gtr); Ben Grant (dms).
(Review by Lance).
The Jazz Clams - wherever did they get the name from?! - is in effect the DB Project in meltdown mode, Instead of going for the jugular the Clams take a marginally softer approach digging, not too deeply, into the GASbook along with some well-known jazz standards.

Summertime; Little Sunflower; In a Sentimental Mood; Black Orpheus; Misty; Stolen Moments and Take the L Train plus one other, the name of which I didn't catch, comprised the first set. With the exception of L Train. on which Keighley blew soprano, all were played on tenor, The man's a fluent saxophonist leaping around the horn like a potential Gold Cup winner at Cheltenham and breathing new life into the over-familiar material. My only reservation was the excessive amount of reverb or indeed why, in such a small room with a single figure audience, did he need to be miked up at all? Understandable with the hard driving "Hit him in the slats Bob"* approach of the DB Project but perhaps not so essential in the cooler climate of the Clams.
Nevertheless, it was a good set with MacMillan's guitarwork impressive, Grant's drums unobtrusive and Sanders, so laid back he makes Paul Grainger seem like a punk rocker.
Keighley picked up his alto for Take 5 then reverted to tenor for Pure Imagination. Written by Lesley Bricusse and Anthony Newley for Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory it's a classic song that reminds us that there's also a GBsongbook. 
The evening was completed with a rousing Caravan, All Blues, Fembe and A Love Supreme.
Lance.
Photos.
*A remark Bob Fitzsimmons' wife is alleged to have shouted at the ringside during her husband's heavyweight title bout with James J.Corbett in 1879. The advice was sound and Corbett was counted out in the fourteenth round.

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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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