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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".

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13837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 56 of them this year alone and, so far, 56 this month (Jan. 16).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Mon 17: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.

Sun 23 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 23: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 23: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Monday, February 08, 2021

Album review: Allan Harris – Kates Soulfood*

It's debatable as to whether or not this  fine album should actually be reviewed on BSH as it is more soul music than jazz, though I'm no soul expert. This is Harris's fourteenth release as a leader and the ten original songs were written as both a history and a tribute to Harlem in NYC.

The title comes from Harris's Aunt Kate's well-loved luncheonette which was behind the Apollo Theater. The songs draw on our singer's childhood memories and the atmosphere of Harlem which gave music, literature, history and a sense of belonging to its residents. Harris has a pleasant baritone voice, he sings with feeling, and the songwriting is skilled. There are short jazz-like solos, mostly from piano, guitar and harmonica, and interesting lyrics, such as (Open Up) 'Love is the fruit of mankind, we must pick it from the vine' and (One More Notch, about a boy with a gun) 'we must live as one, put down your gun.'

The album opens with lively restaurant chat, then Harris sings about growing up in Harlem; Wash Away My Sins combines gospel with a love song; 99 Miles is about being on the road and also a love song; New Day is about making the most of each day. Feelgood themes. The track I liked best is very much of the moment, Run Through America, a driving rhythm and lyrics about the current situation of the black community in the USA and how it has to change, mentioning, for example,  George Floyd, ending with repeated choruses of 'run through America'

The album will be released on Friday of this week on the Love Productions label, and is available from the usual suspects.

Ann Alex  

* The title spells Kates without an apostrophe. The blurb includes  an apostrophe!

Try/buy.

Allan Harris (voice, guitars); Shirazette Tinnin (drums); Nimrod Speaks (bass); Arcoiris Sandoval (piano); Gregoire Maret (harmonica); David Castaneda (percussion); Curtis Taylor (trumpet); Alex Budman (alto sax); Keith Fiddmont (tenor sax); Ondre J Pivec (organ); + Tonga Ross-Mau (guitar track 6); + Marty Kenney (bass) Jhair Sala (perc); Carolyn Leonhart (Background vox) all on final track

I Grew Up (Kate's Place); One More Notch (Put down your Gun); Wash Away My Sins; Open Up; Shallow Man; Color Of A Woman Is Blu; 99 Miles; Autumn Has Found You; New Day; Run Through America

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