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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)

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.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

CD Review: Lauren White - Out of the Past: Jazz & Noir

Lauren White (vcl); Mitchel Forman (pno); Trey Henry (bs); Abe Lagrimas Jr. (dms); Andrew Carney (tpt); Andrew Synowiec (gtr); Hitomi (ten) + Lisa Liu String Quartet & Eclectic Plus One Brass Band. 
Review by Lance).
This is for me - songs from noir movies! Add the jazz and I'm in a tight corner.
Two guy's wearing fedoras and trenchcoats have stepped out of a Pontiac and are carrying Lugers. I think of the dame and wish I'd never met her in that bar on the corner of 12th and Vine. She'd looked classy, well as classy as any babe in that joint. How was I to know that she was Big Al's plaything? Big Al - The Mob's numero uno in this city. Somebody had fingered me and Big Al doesn't like guys taking what is his, particularly as I'd also lifted 10 grand from a bookie joint he ran at the back of a funeral parlour.
Looked like the next time I visited it would be in the front room of the parlour - no flowers please, just make a donation to...*
The above has nothing to do with the album other than my imagery  and my memories of the original films which I watched in glittering emporiums and local fleapits - they seemed more real in the latter!
Classic songs from classic movies:
He's Funny that Way (The Postman Always Rings Twice).
Again (Roadhouse).
I'd Rather Have the Blues (Kiss me Deadly).
I'm Gonna Go Fishing (Anatomy of a Murder).
Amado Mio (Gilda).
Laura (Laura)/The Night we Called it a Day.
You Kill Me (Macao).
Haunted Heart (Music USA).
When All the Lights in the Sign Worked (original by Joe Pasquale and Mark Winkler).
White doesn't attempt to copy the originals, instead, she brought Kathryn Bostic aboard. Together they created a richly textured CD filled with a range of moods and colours held together beautifully by White's smoky, smooth, voice. Trumpet, sax, guitar and strings feature and the overall effect is of Mickey Spillane or Raymond Chandler set to music.
Pour some Scotch on the rocks, light up a Lucky (but don't inhale) and listen...
Lance.
*Lauren White - Out of the Past: Jazz & Noir available May 9.

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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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