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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 Saturday December 16

Afternoon

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Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band -Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 7:30pm. Second night of two.

An Evening of Swing & Sparkle - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. 7:00pm. Tel: 0191 515 5555 (booking essential). £35.00. Rat Pack act, four course meal.

No Time for Jive - The Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. Tel: 01434 605537. 9:00pm. Free.

Lyndon Anderson Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Snow Ball - St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Oakwellgate, Gateshead NE8 2AU. Tel: 0191 433 4699. 7:00pm. £19.00. Strictly Speakeasy (swing band) & Lindy jazz dance.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Jazz Café Jam Session - April 5

(Review by Lance)
Another exciting, musically exhilarating, jam session at the Jazz Café with a few surprises along the way. The presence of Deon Krishnam on 5 string bass guitar made for a funkier approach than normal helped along by Gilligan's keyboard forays and Morgan's drums. Krishnam is a formidable player with some amazing solos that exploited the chordal possibilities of the extra string. This after just completing the 'Coast to Coast Walk - no wonder he chose to play sitting down!
These weren't the only bass guitar heroics. Later on, John Pope gave Krishnam a deserved spell and also set a few benchmarks of his own. Paul Gowland did likewise on alto.
Johnny 'Blue Hat' became Johnny 'Black Hat' and blew some funky tenor in tandem with David Gray who played colourful, and I use the word advisedly, trombone (see photo).
Falcioni, fresh from his successful Jazz Coop gig at The Globe on Saturday, fluctuated ' twixt piano and keyboard whilst Krishnam proved his versatility by grabbing the mic for a knockout vocal on Spain! The same number had Morgan hand-drumming very effectively.
Alfonso had a blast on Someday my Prince Will Come with Kalanek on drums and Gowland joined him on St. Thomas.
Michael Lamb and yet another bass guitarist, Andrew Patterson took centre stage but, sadly, my chariot awaited and it was to the strains of Joyspring that I left.
It had indeed been a Spring evening full of joy.
Photos.
Lance.
Pete Gilligan (pno/keys); Deon Krishnam (bs gtr/vcl); Russ Morgan (dms) + Paul Gowland (alt); Johnny 'Black Hat' Davis (ten); David Gray (tmb); Jordan Alfonso (alt); John Pope (bs gtr); Francesco Falcioni (pno); Nick Kalanek (dms); Michael Lamb (tpt); Andrew Patterson bs gtr.

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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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