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Alan Barnes: "Normally you can cobble a set together with five guys on the back of an envelope over the first pint and it's just fine. Livestreaming isn't like that." - (Jazzwise July 2021)

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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".

'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

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13,381 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 799 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (June 20).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Thu 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside 1:00pm).

Thu 24: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 25: Hot Club du Nord @ St Mary's Parish Hall, Barnard Castle. 7:00pm. Tickets: £15.00. + bf. A Barnard Castle Rotary Club event. POSTPONED!

Fri 25: Archipelago + Faith Brackenbury @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. & £8.00. Echoes to the Sky album launch. A GCT Jazz Club-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Fri 25 Alter Ego @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington (8:00pm). POSTPONED!

Sat 26: Tyne Valley Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham (3:45pm).

Sun 27: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 27: Noel Dennis Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. Advance booking essential: www.jazzcoop. A Jazz Co-op-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Learning and Participation @ The Globe

(Press release)

We would like to reassure you that although the lifting of restrictions has been delayed by the government this will not affect the delivery of Learning & Participation events at the Globe. All our plans have been made under current guidelines, with reduced capacity and staff and volunteers in place to make sure our events happen in a covid secure fashion. We are, of course, disappointed not to be able to release more tickets for our July events as planned but we will be doing our utmost to make sure that your visit is an informative and enjoyable one.

July + programme.

Jazz in the Gardens @ St James' & St. Basil's, Fenham, on Sunday Afternoons

4th July - Keith Robinson leading the Independence Jazz Trio. (American Independence Day, get it?)

18th July - Jude and the Foundry Jazz  Ensemble
8th August  - Mark Williams Standards Trio
29th August - Dean Stockdale Trio
5th September - Alice Grace Trio

3pm start, seating provided, social distancing may be required.

All free entry but ticketing may be necessary according to covid restrictions at the time. This is because if the weather is bad it may be possible to revert to inside the church. Contributions welcome.

Sunday Night Jazz @ The Globe: Knats - June 20

(Photo by Lance)
Ferg Kilsby (trumpet); Josh Mitchell-Rayner (keyboards); Stan Woodward (bass); King David Ike-Elechi (drums).

Knats (don't ask me where they got the name from!) are a young, mega young, band and this was their first ever indoor gig although they had played an outdoor gig a couple of weeks back which Russell enthused over and which I felt the need to check out. 

There was an understandable degree of uncertainty about the first set but, hey, what do expect? They're treading the boards where many of the UK's premier jazz musicians have strutted their stuff - no pressure then - and it didn't, at least outwardly appear to faze them. Come the second set and they were firing on four!

Sunday, June 20, 2021

A Sunday Service at Preservation Hall - June 20

Adrian Cox (clarinet, vocals)

Preacher Adrian Cox recalled making the first of several visits to Preservation Hall in New Orleans. The fact that the small room isn't air conditioned makes it all the more appealing! The venue and city in Louisiana, USA presented Cox with bountiful material for this afternoon's Sunday Service. Our live streamer offered a potted history of the venue and its many revivalist musicians, from George Lewis to the Humphreys. 

Aycliffe Radio Jazz Time - June 20 playlist

Dave Brubeck.

Upcoming gigs:

Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord; Vieux Carré Jazzmen.

Tony Eales picks 5 tracks with an African theme:

Joe Zawinul; Julian Argüelles; Brussels Jazz Orchestra (Tutu Puoane); Jazz Warriors, Afropeans; Abdullah Ibrahim.

Eddie Condon's Hot Shots; Kenny G.; Chris Barber +Andy Fairweather Low. 

New releases: Kayle Brecher; Alex Martin.

Charles Mingus Sextet - Feat. Eric Dolphy. 

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Rico's (Saturday) Popup Louis - June 19

(Screenshot by Russell)
Rico Tomasso (trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals); Will Barry (piano)

A Popup Louis on a Saturday? Yes, Rico Tomasso had been working up in Edinburgh for a couple of days and decided to delay his regular Friday evening session twenty four hours. What's more, Rico's journey home was delayed due to all trains south being fully booked...something to do with several thousand Scots descending on London for the little matter of a keenly anticipated sporting fixture. Joining Rico this evening, none other than Kansas Smitty's regular, pianist Will Barry.  

Adam Glasser Band @ the 606 Club - June 19

(Screenshot by Lance)
Adam Glasser (piano, harmonica); George Crowley (tenor sax); Rob Luft (guitar); Steve Watts (bass); Corrie Dick (drums).

Not an easy one to write about as the livestream did have some buffering problems which restricted the flow of the music. It may have been unique to my set-up as no one else complained, although, unlike most streams, the 606 doesn't attract too many sidebar pundits so maybe they suffered in silence.

KSTV: 'Bird' on 52nd Street & John Kirby - June 19

(Screenshot by Ken Drew)
Giacomo Smith (alto sax, clarinet); Alec Harper (alto sax); Pete Horsfall (trumpet); Joe Webb (piano); Ferg Ireland (double bass); Shane Forbes (drums) + Nathaniel Facey (alto sax); Ella Hohnen-Ford (vocals)

An eagerly anticipated set, Giacomo Smith leading a hand-picked small group playing classic 52nd Street charts by way of John Kirby. What's more, judging the vociferous reaction to the music heard this evening, a good number of Kansas Smitty's patrons were in the building. From the Famous Door to Jimmy Ryan's.

Album review: Andreas Toftemark Quartet - A New York Flight

Andreas Toftemark (tenor sax); Calle Brickman (piano); Felix Moseholm (bass); Andreas Svendsen (drums).

If we had a Jazz Euro 2021 then, on the strength of this miniature (37 mins), Denmark would be well in contention. Toftemark is a new name to me although he studied in New York with such luminaries as Eric Alexander and Joel Frahm as well as performing with Peter Bernstein and Ethan Iverson and that experience shows in this recording made in his homeland.

Jo's Red Mary Janes makes JRR (June 20)

Tomorrow's edition of Jazz Record Requests (Sunday, June 20, Radio 3, 4:00pm) includes Jo Harrop's recently released Red Mary Janes & a Brand New Hat*. Jo is in good company, other artists of note featured on Alyn Shipton's programme include Miles Davis, Nina Simone and Stan Tracey. Russell

*(Read more and listen/buy here - Lance)

Jazzwise in July

Another fine issue of Jazzwise that, once again, is not without a north-east presence. A recent issue had a photo, a feature and an interview with singer, wordsmith and award winning vocalist Zoé Gilby and this July issue has a feature on local heroes Archipelago as well as a four star review of their most recent album - Echoes to the Sky. The fact that the interviewer and the reviewer offered alternative spellings to Faye MacCalman's surname in no way lessened the meaningful observations of either writer. Archipelago, incidentally, along with Faith Brackenbury, can be heard at Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle (8:00pm) on June 25 for the launch of the aforementioned  album as part of a GCT Jazz Club-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Live (streaming) at Joe's - June 19

(Screenshot by Russell)
Joe Webb (piano); Dave Archer (guitar); Will Sach (drums)

Herbie's Tune from Oscar Peterson's session at Zardi's in Hollywood opened this afternoon's Live at Joe's set. Imagine Joe Webb as Oscar P, Dave Archer as Herb Ellis and Will Sach as Ray Brown. Once you've heard these London based guys it isn't such a stretch to see them cutting it on today's American jazz scene. Gershwin's I Was Doing All Right swung along, easy as, bassist Will grabbing a solo. It was shaping up to be another cracking set - thoughts of watching Euro 2020 on the box soon forgotten.

Jazz Jamaica @ Sage Gateshead - June 18

Once upon a time Gateshead Quays was a round-the-clock hive of artistic activity. Baltic's doors were open to one and all showing the best in contemporary visual art and its near neighbour, Sage Gateshead, presented world class performances by folk, jazz, rock, pop and classical musicians. Then, some fifteen months ago, the lights went out. The pandemic struck and, in common with many other sectors, the performing arts came to a shuddering halt. That was then, this is now - Jazz Jamaica are back in town!

Sage One's audience divided into colour-coded zones. Your correspondent found himself in the red zone, all seats socially distanced. All present were obliged to wear a face covering during the one hour fifteen minutes or so Gary Crosby's Jazz Jamaica occupied the stage. It was an odd, if not eerie, experience. MC Crosby recalled the band's first appearance at Sage Gateshead all of fifteen, perhaps sixteen years ago, our man suggesting this was one of his favourite venues. 

Friday, June 18, 2021

Wendy Kirkland/Pat Sprakes Sextet @ Langtoun Jazz Festival One More Time

(Press release)

Wendy Kirkland and Pat Sprakes Sextet will present a lively set of Latin tunes recorded at a venue in Chesterfield.

Videos will be presented free to view on Langtoun Jazz Facebook Page and YouTube channel.
Patrons will be invited to make donations to musicians paypal links if they can.
June 26: 9:00pm.

Fiona Ross @ Langtoun Jazz Festival One More Time

(Press release)

Fiona Ross & her band present a 30 min set of Fiona's original compositions filmed at the beautiful Union Chapel in London.

Video will be presented on Langtoun Jazz Facebook Page and YouTube channel free to view but patrons are encouraged to donate if they can to support these very talented musicians - June 26. 7:30pm.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Ten trumpet players who worked with Charlie Parker (well eleven actually)

Dizzy Gillespie was one of the founding fathers of bebop, in at its inception at Minton’s with others such as Kenny Clarke, Monk, Charlie Christian and Bud Powell. He was the doyen of all the ‘modern’ trumpet players at the time. Blessed with great technique, ideas, humour. showmanship, business acumen and ebullience, he was a member of the Parker Quintet in 1945/46 and appeared in many “one-off” gigs with Bird in the years that followed.

CD Review: Beverley Beirne – Dream Dancer

Beverley Beirne (vocals); Sam Watts (piano); Flo Moore (bass); Ben Brown (drums, perc, conga); Rob Hughes (sax, flute); Duncan Lamont (sax track 3, 9); Jason Miles (Fender Rhodes, strings, Hammond B3 on various tracks); Romero Lubambo (guitar track 9) Cyro Baptista (perc track 9)

Why haven't I heard this great singer before? I've been asleep on the job. This is Ms Beirne's third album, new takes on songs to do with dancing, a very enjoyable listen with a tinge of sadness for the late Duncan Lamont, ace saxman, who features on his own songs Now We're Just Friends and Old Brazil. No messing around, it's straight in from the start, fast drums and bass on Let's Face the Music and Dance, and a rich alto voice which can take higher notes in its stride.

Preview: Jazz Jamaica @ Sage Gateshead - Friday!

Gary Crosby's musicianship, energy and dogged determination over more than three decades have contributed to the emergence of a Black British jazz scene which we now accept as part of the furniture. Imagine today's landscape without the presence of the many musicians who've come through the Jazz Warriors-Tomorrow's Warriors-Jazz Jamaica hothouse set-up, it would be a poorer environment for everyone - musicians and audience alike. 

Tomorrow (Friday 18) at Sage Gateshead there is a rare opportunity to hear Jazz Jamaica in concert. A socially distanced Sage One audience will be treated to a one set performance (approximately 60-70 mins) featuring a host of familiar names...Mark Kavuma, Denys Baptiste, Eddie HickCherise Adams-Burnett.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Album review (sort of): Journeys in Modern Jazz:Britain

The online publicity for this delightful example of British modern jazz promised a 20,000 word insert to accompany this double CD/LP (you pays your money and you takes your choice). A tome packed with biographical and discographical detail that this reviewer would have found invaluable - would being the operative word...

Alas, my promo double CD only turned up with just that - two CDs. No info on personnel or recording dates. Not even the usual promotional blurb. So, as there are 14 bands spread over the 2 discs, I'll content myself with listing their names and the tracks which, I guess are ± from the 1970s. By and large they all have that post-bop/pre-fusion feel about them and were originally released on Decca or one of its subsidiary labels.

New Music Scotland - Nominations Announced

New Music Scotland have made public the nominations in the various categories of this year's awards. Although jazz is but one of the many categories, the names are interesting and Laura Jurd's introduction to that particular  'constituency' speaks volumes about her dedication to the music. 

Cheltenham Jazz Festival Update


(Press release)

Following the government’s announcement on Monday, we’re sad to let you know that next month’s Cheltenham Jazz Festival live concerts will no longer be taking place. 

We’re all now looking ahead to what will be a very special 25th Cheltenham Jazz Festival in 2022 and hope to be in a position to send you details soon!

 

The official statement is below.

Rossano Sportiello: Live from the Flat #36 - June 15

(Screenshot by Russell)
Rossano Sportiello (piano); Pasquale Grasso (guitar)

Since October last year Italian-born, NYC-resident pianist Rossano Sportiello has been live streaming on a weekly basis from his Greenwich Village flat. Most weeks Sportiello has a guest musician with him, this evening fellow Italian, guitarist Pasquale Grasso joined him to play an hour's worth of choice standards.  

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Album review: Charles Mingus - Mingus at Carnegie Hall

Charles Mingus (bass); Jon Faddis (trumpet); George Adams (tenor sax); Hamiet Bluiett (baritone sax); Don Pullen (piano); Dannie Richmond (drums) + Rahsaan Roland Kirk (tenor sax/stritch); John Handy (alto, tenor sax); Charles McPherson (alto sax).

All bets are off! - Reissue of the Year - this is it! Carnegie Hall seems to work a kind of magic on those who have practiced hard enough to pass through its portals and on to the hallowed stage. Toscanini, Goodman, Monk and Mingus made it and this 1974 double CD (or 3 x lp vinyl) is a worthy example and, indeed, in jazz terms eclipses just about anything that was ever played there before and, most likely, since!

Charlotte Keeffe Quartet @ The Globe – June 13

(Screenshots by Ken Drew)
Charlotte Keeffe (trumpet, flugelhorn); Moss Freed (guitar); Ben Handysides (drums); Ashley John Long (double bass)

What a joy! my first live gig since Covid began almost 18 months ago.  Back at the splendidly upgraded Globe for this co-promotion by the Jazz Co-op and Jazz North East giving us a night of top quality improvised jazz performed by the splendid Charlotte Keeffe Quartet. As many things are at this time of the year the night was a game of two sets. The first half was a single improvisation subsequently named Right Here, Right Now the title of Keeffe’s recently released debut album. For me completely improvised music only really works when listened to in situ so I have really missed live performances during these lockdown times. Being able to see the interaction of the individual players visually as well as audibly is part and parcel of the whole experience. The set certainly didn’t disappoint and I was as happy as a Brentford supporter at a play-off final enjoying the creativity of the four musicians on stage.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Album review: Emma Johnson's Gravy boat - Worry Not

Emma Johnson (tenor sax); Fergus Vickers (guitar); Richard Jones (piano); Angus Milne (bass); Steve Hanley (drums)

(Quote from blurb): Worry Not is the debut from Leeds based cinematic quintet, Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat.

Emma's writing is inspired by cinematic scores as well as a wide range of jazz from hard bop to modern tenor/guitar led quintets, and this combines to create compositions that evoke imagery and emotions for the listener. The album combines strong melodies with improvised sections that give each member of the group space to shine.

Reminiscing in (and out of) Tempo by Andy Hudson - Part Two

Having kicked off last week with the tale of  how, in my first  few months here in the North East, myself and   a fellow student, Ivan Dunne    who shared my passion for both rugby and jazz,   blew our entire SRC grant on supporting a concert by the Duke Ellington Orchestra at the City Hall. I still maintain that it was worth it to hear that horn section with Paul Gonsalves, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney and the extraordinary Cat Anderson on screaming high note trumpet. We took them out for a pint afterwards - the rest is somewhat hazy…

Talking of hazy, in the mid-1970s I managed a bit of a coup in securing the first ever BBC Live outside broadcast – You’ll perhaps remember that this was achieved by playing Radio 3 Audio along with BBC2 TV.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Ken Drew - 100 today (not years!)

Earlier today, I added a collage, by Ken Drew, to Russell's review of the Joni Mitchell tribute on KSTV.

This was a very special collage as it was the one hundredth screenshot collage that Ken has provided since lockdown began. We're both grateful and privileged to have such a sharp-shooter as part of the BSH team.

However, apart from his innovative collages Ken has, over the years, also provided us with a host of stunning images for which we're always happy to be able to share.

Check out the livestreams here and some older photos taken at real live gigs here! Lance

LIVE JAZZ RETURNS TO NEWCASTLE

(Press release)

Event: NEWCASTLE JAZZ FESTIVAL 2021
Dates: Friday 13th August, Saturday 14th August, Sunday 15th August 2021
 
Celebrating the return of live jazz and live audiences this summer, with an exciting programme featuring local and national artists, the Newcastle Jazz Festival 2021 takes place over three days in August with music covering jazz, funk, hiphop, bebop and more. Performances will be at three locations: Flat Caps Coffee on Carliol Street, Newcastle Civic Centre and the Tyne Bank Brewery.

Ella Hohnen-Ford live streaming from home - June 13

Ella Hohnen-Ford (vocals); Helena Kay (tenor sax); Matt Robinson (piano); Will Sach (double bass)

North London on a sweltering Sunday evening. Ella Hohnen-Ford singing a set of love songs and more in the company of tenor saxophonist Helena Kay, pianist Matt Robinson and mainstay bassist Will Sach. Moonglow to begin. Is there a more composed performer than Ms Hohnen-Ford? Such assurance, singing, all the while interacting with her online audience, Ella playfully toying with a lyric a joy to hear. 

Album review: Alex Western-King - Sideslip

Alex Western King (tenor sax); James Copus (trumpet); Sam Leak (piano); Jonny Wickham (bass); Jay Davis (drums).

This is an album of two personalities. One is a bop balladeer from the ‘50s and the other is much more modern and challenging giving a suggestion of where Western-King might go on his next album.

The first two tracks exemplify this dichotomy; Make Way is relaxed with laid back piano and sax solos whilst Disorder Reordered does what it says on the tin. The latter has a disjointed, angular opening from bass and drums with Leak providing ‘Monk-ish’ interjections from somewhere behind them. The sax doesn’t come in until near the end as Western-King squalls over heavy riffing. This is lively stuff.

Joe Webb plays Art Tatum - June 12

(Screenshot by Russell)
Joe Webb (piano); Dave Archer (guitar); Will Sach (double bass)

It was in November last year when pianist Joe Webb's trio featuring guitarist Dave Archer and bassist Will Sach played a storming Art Tatum session at Kansas Smitty's. Fast forward to a glorious summer's afternoon in Joe's kitchen and there they were - Joe, Dave and Will - reprising their memorable London set. For the most part the set list mirrored the Kansas Smitty's performance. From I Got Rhythm to Flying Homethis was gob-smacking stuff.       

Saturday Night @ the 606: Xhosa Cole & Alex Hitchcock play Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis & Johnny Griffin's Live at Mintons - June 12

Xhosa Cole, Alex Hitchcock (tenor saxes); Deschanel Gordon (piano); Joe Downard (bass); Shane Forbes (drums).

This afternoon the soccer players of Wales and Switzerland waltzed to a 1 - 1 draw. There was no waltzing at the '606' tonight - on or off the stand. 

This was a good old-fashioned tenor joust that had the protagonists going for it toe to toe. No quarter asked, no quarter given. The same rules that applied when Johnny Griffin and Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis (more or less) adhered to when they recorded the album tonight's session was based on.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

KSTV: Joni Mitchell's Shadows and Light - June 12

(Screenshot by Ken Drew)
Hattie Whitehead (vocals. guitar); Alec Harper (tenor sax); Will Barry (piano, keyboards); Flo Moore (bass); Jas Kayser (drums); João Caetano (percussion) 

A Kansas Smitty's session with a distinct folk element. Joni Mitchell the subject, Hattie Whitehead charged with the responsibility of doing justice to the Canadian's songbook, this Saturday evening would prove to be on the mellow side. The late seventies' release of Shadows and Light arose thanks to on the road recordings made during Mitchell's tour of her Mingus album featuring several jazz heavyweights including Michael Brecker, Pat Metheny and Jaco Pastorius. 

Sunday Night @ The Globe (June 13, 8:00pm)

(Press release)

Charlotte Keeffe’s unique approach and passion for jazz, experimental and freely improvised music sees her performing regularly as a soloist and as part of a variety of different ensembles, including her own Quartet. The Charlotte Keeffe Quartet performed a sell-out performance at Lancaster Jazz Festival in 2019 and their live recording from Jazz in the Round has been played regularly on radio stations across the UK and internationally.

Her Quartet features Ashley John Long on double bass, Ben Handysides on drums, Moss Freed on guitar and herself on trumpet and flugelhorn; they explore merging together Charlotte’s more composed music with free improvising. The Charlotte Keeffe Quartet can be heard on Discus Music’s Right Here, Right Now (spring 2021) release, alongside a selection of her improvised works for solo, duo and large ensembles.

Aycliffe Radio Jazz Time - Playlist June 13

This week celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Erroll Garner, and so there is a thread of his tracks (some requested) throughout the programme.

Other tracks on this week's playlist are: 

MJQ + Branford Marsalis; Joe Pass; Dean Stockdale; Cannonball Adderley; Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord, (soon to be live throughout the North East).

New Releases: Christian Garrick Quartet; Marita; Slide Attack. 

Adrian Cox Quartet with Samantha Wright; Matt Carmichael, Fergus McCreadie; Chick Corea; Sarah Vaughan Clifford Brown; The Vieux Carré Jazzmen. Mike Dixon.

A Tribute to Gerry Hughes @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough - June 12

 
Kevin Eland (trumpet, flugelhorn); Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Ian Bosworth (guitar); Dave Archibald (keyboards); Paul Dickerson (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums) 

When Gerry Hughes died some months ago his many musician friends determined to celebrate his life by organising a day filled with music and happy memories. The Tees Hot Club bassist would have been amazed by the huge crowd assembled today on the sports field at Dorman's Club in Middlesbrough. 

My Kind of Radio - Chicago is ...

Just been listening to Denny Farrell's Late Night Chicago Radio show. This guy really is the coolest jazz jock of them all. His voice, as he chats between numbers, is so laid back it's almost like hearing Sinatra singing  a ballad.

Frank wasn't on the show tonight but Vic Damone was singing about the Southside of Chicago. There was also a snippet from an interview Denny did many years ago with Vic who confirmed that he did audition for Perry Como in an elevator when he, Vic, was the elevator operator. Talk about being in the right place at the right time!

Friday, June 11, 2021

Album review: Snorre Kirk Quartet - Going Up

Stephen Riley (tenor sax); Magnus Hjorth (piano); Anders Fjeldsted (bass); Snorre Kirk (drums) + Jan Harbeck (tenor sax).

When Count Basie was asked to define swing he replied "Four beats to the bar and no cheating" which, all these years later, is exactly what we get here in this lovely album from Denmark. Totally different to the usual Scandinavian concept of jazz, it really does swing which is in no small part due to the drumming of the leader, his compositions and the Ben Websterish sound (without the rough edges) of American tenor player Riley.

Emma-Jean & Van the Man, tonite at ten

Tonight's edition of Later...with Jools Holland features Emma-Jean Thackray performing a track from her debut album Yellow. Thackray will be in concert at Sage Gateshead next year on Friday 4 March. And veteran sometime blues singer Van Morrison has a 42nd studio album to promote. BBC 2, ten o'clock. 
Russell

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Album review: Archipelago - Echoes To The Sky

Faye MacCalman (tenor sax, clarinet, synth, vocals); John Pope (bass guitar, fx, vocals); Christian Alderson (drums, percussion).

A genre busting album with various twists and turns flowing richly throughout.  Folk, indie, electronic and free jazz all surface not just on individual tracks but within pieces too. For example, the longest piece on the album Gold starts with an electronic intro  the clarinet then takes over with an eastern style theme all the while there is a terrific bass groove driving proceedings. I even detected a hint of prog rock within the piece. 

There are three tracks (Waiting, Wake Up and Burn On) featuring MacCalman on vocals providing further depth and variety. MacCalman is responsible for penning all the vocals and the music apart from 3 tracks (Wine Dark Sea, Undercurrent, Silhouette) jointly written with the other band members.

It's Record Store Day, again...

Tomorrow is Record Store Day. The pandemic has played havoc with the annual celebration/promotion of independent record shops. Usually held in April, this year the event will take place tomorrow (Saturday 12) and again on July 17. Hundreds of stores will be participating in the event and, believe it or not, outside some shops collectors form a queue, determined to acquire the latest 'must-have' item. 

Reminiscing in (and out of ) Tempo by Andy Hudson - Part One.

The indefatigable Lance in his search for jazz titbits to fill this splendid publication has asked me to make some contributions based on my hazy career part of which was intimately linked with the jazz genre.

A bit of context - at school in Yorkshire in the early 1960s, I started a trad band (2 of the players were teachers) and most of the rest were not improvisers but learned by rote the licks and solos that I prepped for them on manuscript. Then in ’65, arriving in Newcastle to study Chemistry at the University, I started a swing band and also via the Uni Jazz Society put on a few concerts.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Album review: Samara Joy - Samara Joy.

Samara Joy (vocals); Pasquale Grasso (guitar); Ari Roland (bass); Kenny Washington (drums).

This year has been absolutely outstanding on the vocal front. Sarah Moule; Veronica Swift; Wilma Baan, to mention but three, have set my pulses racing - now there's another!

Samara Joy aced the 2019 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competion and now, at the ripe old age of 21, releases her debut album - it's an absolute killer!

That most of the songs were written before her mother, maybe even her grandmother, was born is irrelevant. It may sound clichéd but she really does revitalise these gassers. A typical example being Everything Happens to me. The ballad, normally taken at a soporific tempo, is given a medium to up boot that does no harm at all.

Dean Stockdale Trio lunchtime concert at the Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee

(Press release)

Jazz at The Lubetkin are delighted to welcome back The Dean Stockdale Trio for our first live music event of 2021!

Featuring Dean Stockdale on piano, Mick Shoulder on bass and Abbie Finn on drums, the trio will bring us a lunchtime hour of swinging, straight ahead jazz.

Edinburgh Update

10 Days 20 Live Concerts At Assembly Roxy 40+ Online Concerts On Sale Now!




Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Album review: Joel Frahm - The Bright Side.

Joel Frahm (tenor/soprano saxes); Dan Loomis (bass); Ernesto Cervini (drums).

Gone are the days when, awestruck, our jaws would drop and look on in amazement as, say, tenor players such as Tubby Hayes or Johnny Griffin navigated the changes at breakneck speed and, in the process played more notes in one chorus than many a lesser musician would play in a month.

Another Side of John Coltrane examines the trailblazing saxophonist’s work as a sideman

(Press release)

New collection includes Coltrane’s work with such jazz greats as Miles Davis,

Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Red Garland, Tadd Dameron, and Art Taylor

Set for release August 20th on 2-LP, CD and digital formats via Craft Recordings

Instant grat. single “Oleo” (with The Miles Davis Quintet) available today

Click here to pre-order/pre-save the album


Los Angeles, CA (June 9th, 2021) —While John Coltrane’s legacy largely focuses on his innovative and influential work as a leader, the saxophonist and composer began his career as a highly respected sideman, who rose to fame playing alongside some of the greatest names in jazz. Craft Recordings’ forthcoming release, Another Side of John Coltrane, explores this aspect of the trailblazing artist’s career and spotlights some of his best work in sessions led by Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Red Garland, Tadd Dameron, and Art Taylor.

Notes from the frontline: A Celebration and Appreciation of NHS Key Workers - Press Release.

Harnessing the therapeutic power of music to heal trauma of health care in the COVID-19 pandemic.

ONLINE, SUNDAY 21 JUNE, 2PM BST - The North East and North Cumbria Healthcare Staff Wellbeing Hub is delighted to announce a celebratory day of music to help heroic NHS key workers process the trauma of working on the front lines during the global COVID-19 pandemic. This free online event is a collaboration between NHS singer-songwriters and world-renowned composers and musicians. There are some new co-produced songs representing staff across different health sectors and their experiences over the last 18 months. The event will be supported by musicians such as Sting, Eric Clapton, KT Tunstall, Nadine Benjamin, Calista Kazuko and Matthew Sheeran, brought together by the Connection Through Music Volunteers.

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Eleven Jazz Coffee Table Photo Books

Jazz and photography have always seemed to me to be natural bedfellows. Sometimes, if the photographer (jazzographer?) captures the right moment, the player's expression tells you almost as much as the actual music does. Some musicians are naturally photogenic - whether by accident or intent - they are a photographer's dream.

BSH is proud to have had access to some superb shots from Ken Drew, Malcolm Sinclair and other hotshots both past and present. Even when restricted to screenshots, Ken Drew's collages are achieving legendary status.

However, this exercise isn't about the present but a look at some of the classic photo books I've collected over the years.

Birdland for .99 cents!

(Press release)

New York, NY - On July 1, 2021 Birdland, the jazz corner of the world and a New York institution, will open its doors to the public for the first time since March 2020. To mark the grand reopening, Birdland is bringing back 1949 prices as a thank you to returning patrons. Catch Birdland favorites Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble, Jim Caruso’s Cast Party, The Lineup with Susie Mosher, and David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band all month long for only .99 cents when booked in advance! 

Press release from Copasetic Foundation

(Press release)

Summer’s here – at last - and finally the music scene is opening up again.  Nonetheless, all the venues below are still taking the pandemic very seriously and assure us that these concerts are safe for customers and musicians alike.  

Tues 3 August Pizza Express, Dean St London W1:  Quintet Blue, featuring Denys Baptiste (tenor sax) and Nigel Price (guitar).  Two of the UK’s greatest jazz improvisers join forces with a rhythm section led by Alex Webb to play the grooviest music of the 50s and 60s - tunes by Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Ahmad Jamal and lots of blues! For tickets and info

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