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Ethan Iverson: "I asked Bertha [Hope] if she ever used the word "contrafact" to describe the process of writing new tunes over old changes, and she replied, "Of course not. The only people who used that word went to a university to learn about jazz."" - (Jazz Times March 2020).

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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

COFID- 19

In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.

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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Friday, January 03, 2020

Preview: Matt MacKellar @ The Black Swan - Jan 16

(Preview by Russell)

One of the finest young prospects on the British jazz scene is home for Christmas and before he returns to his studies in America there is one last chance to catch him in action. Drummer Matt MacKellar first came to the attention of BSH as a keen participant at Dave Weisser's weekly 'jazz workshop' at the Chillingham Arms. It was obvious Matt, at the time perhaps 14 or 15, showed immense promise. It wasn't long before Matt was sitting-in at the Jazz Cafe's high octane jam sessions. And, a while later, the Newcastle based drummer was added to the roster of first call musicians to work as a member of the session's house trio.

Now, as an undergraduate at Berklee College of Music, Boston, USA, Matt is leading his own Tyneside based quartet playing occasional gigs as and when he is around. Your next opportunity - and the last one for a few months - is at the Black Swan in Newcastle Arts Centre on Thursday 16 January. Matt's quartet is in the A-list category, just look at the names...fellow student Ben Lawrence (Durham University) playing piano, one of Britain's premier bassists Andy Champion and 2019 APPJAG award winning vocalist Zoë Gilby! Hey! No more to be said other than arrive early for an eight o'clock start (doors 7:30). 
Russell 

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