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Charles Lloyd: "I'm raring to go out to play, because I know I'll find something to explain the inexplicable." (DownBeat August 2022)

The Things They Say!

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.
Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST! -- Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

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14454 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 732 of them this year alone and, so far, 30 this month (August 11).

From This Moment On ...

August

Mon 15: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 15: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Tue 16: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).

Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 18: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 18: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 18: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Bridge Hotel, Newcastle. Strictly Smokin’ Big Band. 7:00pm. Free (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Dan Johnson (sax); Josh Bentham (sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Ron Smith (bass)

Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Harry Keeble Duo + Northern Monkey Brass Band. £15.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Fri 19: Mo Scott @ The Millstone, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Scott w Gary Dunn, Neil Harland & Paul Smith.

Sat 20: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Riviera Effect + Alter Ego + Graham Hardy Quartet + Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie + Ivo Neame Quartet. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Sat 20: Anth Purdy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Sun 21 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 21: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Lindsay Hannon & Alan Law + Knats + David Gray’s Flextet + Ben Gilbert Trio + Emma Rawicz. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Sun 21: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Chilling with Joe on JRR (Aug 14)

Hot on the heels of a successful album launch gig at the 100 Club, pianist Joe Webb makes it onto today's Jazz Record Requests' play list. Joe is in good company...Louis, Miles, Barbara Thompson and more. Join Alyn Shipton at four o'clock on BBC Radio 3 to discover which track has been requested from Joe's Summer Chill album - Russell.

Aycliffe Radio Jazz Time Sundays 6.30-8.00pm (Repeat Tuesdays 8.00-9.30pm.)

Playlist 14/08/22. (Repeated Tuesday 16/08/22)

Requests: Dave Brubeck Trio, Hailu Mergia & Dahlak Band,
Requests from Darlington New Orleans Jazz Cub:  Bunk Johnson, Tenement Jazz Band, Louis Armstrong All Stars, New Orleans Rhythm Kings, River City Hot Six, Sammy Rimington.

RIP: Barbara Thompson.

Newcastle Jazz Festival: Strictly Smokin' Big Band, Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie, Lindsay Hannon, Emma Rawicz.

Album review: The Yellowjackets - Parallel Motion

Russell Ferrante (piano/keys); Bob Mintzer (tenor/soprano sax); Will Kennedy (drums/keys); Dane Alderson (elec. bass/MIDI sequencing); Jean Baylor (vocals on tk 8)

I'm never quite sure where The Yellowjackets stand in the jazz pantheon these days. For over 40 years they've been at the forefront of the jazz/fusion scene and I recall being impressed by them at Ronnie's a few years back. Perhaps such longevity breeds the contempt associated with familiarity. 

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Global Cooling this Sunday @ the Globe

A one off evening special of our long running Am Jam session, in the ground floor bar of The Globe.*

Come and play or just have a drink and cool off. Very relaxed. Admission is free but cash donations are very welcome.

Am Jam is designed specifically to encourage musicians who may not have much experience of jazz jam sessions. It’s a supportive environment. There will be a house trio to keep the music flowing. Instrumentalists and vocalists welcome to step up. Repertoire is well-known jazz standards.

Sunday Night Am Jam Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

*The rest of the year it's 3-6pm 2nd Sunday of the month.

Album review: Dameronia's Legacy Al-Stars - Live at Audi Forum Ingolstadt

Jim Rotundi (trumpet - USA); Dick Oatts (alto sax - USA); Jon Boutellier (tenor sax - FR); Rik van den Bergh (baritone sax - NL); Johannes Herrlich (trombone - DE); Andrea Pozza (piano - IT); Aldo Zunino (bass - IT);  Bernd Reiter (drums - AT).

One of my favourite LPs is Tadd Dameron’s  1962 Riverside album The Magic Touch and I am pleased to note that on this excellent CD, recorded live at the Audi Forum, Ingolstadt, Bavaria, there are three tunes from The Magic Touch album - On a Misty Night, If You Could See Me Now and Look, Stop and Listen.

Preview: Newcastle Jazz Festival (Day 3) Saturday August 20

The third day of this year's Newcastle Jazz Festival takes place at Tyne Bank Brewery. The action gets under way at half past one and continues 'til sometime after nine o'clock in the evening. First up at 1:30 is Pete Tanton's Riviera Effect (Lloyd Wright, guitar, John Bradford, drums). Ex-pat American trumpeter Tanton mines a rich post-Chet Baker seam of sun-dappled French (Tyneside!) Riviera sounds.  

At 3:50 it's the turn of Alter Ego. Hard bop, Blakey-inspired, accomplished original compositions, the Tyneside/Tyne Valley-based sextet always puts on a great show. The front line - Keith Robinson, reeds, Niall Armstrong, reeds, Dave Hignett, trumpet/flugelhorn - supported by guitarist Joe Steels, depping bassist Michael Whent and drummer David Johnson will be a big hit, that's for sure.

Another day, another dollar...

 ...or, in this case, a rather special dollar - a Canadian $1 coin celebrating one of Canada's greatest musicians the pianist Oscar Peterson. 

MORE.

Friday, August 12, 2022

Preview: Newcastle Jazz Festival (Day 2) Friday Aug. 19

This time next week the Newcastle Jazz Festival will be into its second day. Newcastle Arts Centre is kindly sponsoring the event in the Black Swan basement performance space. It's a contrasting double bill featuring a new duo and an established brass outfit. Tenor saxophonist Harry Keeble teams up with guitarist extraordinaire Mark Williams. Expect to hear their take on standards and perhaps one or two original compositions.

Ben Gilbert Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall - August 12

Ben Gilbert (piano); Mick Shoulder (double bass); John Bradford (drums)

On a sweltering summer's afternoon Ben Gilbert opened his piano trio concert with Jimmy Van Heusen's It Could Happen to You. In the scratch company of bassist Mick Shoulder and drummer John Bradford the one hour set would comprise of wholly familiar material with the exception of one song written by a noted Argentine composer.

Revisiting The Stardust Road

I picked up this book a long time ago from that second-hand bookstall (Robinson's) that survived for many years in Newcastle's Grainger Market. It was perhaps the best used bookshop Newcastle had had up until then and it only closed after the invasion of the charity shops.

The Stardust Road charts Hoagland Carmichael's journey along the way to composing some of the greatest standards ever written. But that, whilst important, is only part of the story.

Jazz on the Tyne previews the Newcastle Jazz Festival with Alice Grace

(Press release)

In this edition, presenter Colin Muirhead previews the Newcastle Jazz Festival (18th to 21st August) in company with vocalist and festival co-organiser Alice Grace.  As part of the preview, there’ll be tracks by the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band, Harry Keeble, the Northern Monkey Brass Band, the Riviera Quartet, Lindsay Hannon, Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie, Ivo Neame and Emma Rawicz.

You can listen to the show anytime from noon on Saturday 13th August by heading to www.mixcloud.com/hive_radio.

Plus, you can request tunes for future programmes by emailing Colin at jazz.tyne.hive@gmail.com.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Preview: Newcastle Jazz Festival (Day 1) Thursday 18

A week today sees the start of this year's Newcastle Jazz Festival. And what better way to open the four day event than with an appearance by the mighty Strictly Smokin' Big Band?! And there's no better place to hear the band than in the upstairs room of the Bridge Hotel (see photo). As ever, Michael Lamb's outfit will be joined by the one and only Alice Grace. Wow!!! It's a seven o'clock start, small room, big band. You know what to do, get there early!!! Russell

Jo & Jamie - it's a Lit & Phil full house!

The forthcoming appearance of Jo Harrop and Jamie McCredie at Newcastle's Lit & Phil has generated so much interest that their concert on August 19 has sold out! If you didn't reserve your seat in time it could be worth calling the venue on 0191 232 0192 to ask that your name be added to the waiting list.

Top tip...reserve your seat NOW for the eagerly anticipated visit by American piano virtuoso Jeff Barnhart on September 16. Call 0191 232 0192. Russell

4B @ The Exchange - August 10

Bernie Ranson (tenor/alto sax/vocals); Barbara Wilcox (keys); Harry Husaini (bass guitar); Jamie Mackay (guitar); Alan Wann (drums)

A hot night at The Exchange to listen to some cool jazz performed by 4B, formerly  known as Four. However, tonight as usual there were five musicians entertaining their supporters in North Shields. Harry Husaini and Alan Wann in ‘the engine room’ while the other three took their turns ‘out front’.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Paul Hartley Quartet w. Gair Carson @ the Railway, Stockport - Aug. 9

(© Jeff Pritchard)
Paul Hartley (guitar); Gair Carson  (alto/tenor sax/flutes); Pete Hartley (bass guitar); Eryl Roberts (drums).

Gair Carson brought with him two saxophones and two flutes so I guess I would be correct in describing him as a multi-instrumentalist. I have seen him many times sitting in the sax section of various local big bands and I remember seeing him playing in one of the three west coast octet groups that operate in the north west area. I believe he took part recently in a band that was a tribute to the late Dave Pell here at the Railway but I missed this due to a conflict of engagements.

Samara Joy - Can't Get Out of This Mood (Audio)


Can't wait for the album (Sept. 16) - Lance

The Abbie Finn Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington - Aug. 9

Abbie Finn (drums); Harry Keeble (tenor sax); Paul Grainger (bass)

I had the pleasure of attending a gig at Darlington’s Forum Music Centre last night to hear the Abbie Finn Trio. They have been described as  Exceptional British Jazz by Chris Philips of JazzFM and  A masterclass in straight ahead jazz by BSH’s own Russell Corbett in the Northern Echo and it wasn’t hard to see why. The musicianship of all three: Abbie Finn on drums, Harry Keeble on tenor sax and Paul Grainger on double bass, was outstanding.

The terrific set they played included a variety of covers as well as numbers penned by each of the three.

Black Swan Jam Session - August 9

Mark Williams (guitar); Katy Trigger (bass guitar); King David Ike-Elechi (drums) + Ed Bell, Ferg Kilsby (trumpet); David Gray (trombone); Paul Gowland (alto sax); ? (tenor sax); Edgar Ho, Martin Schultz, Alon Dagan (keys); Oscar Ho, Stan Woodward (bass guitar); ? (Hawaiian lap steel guitar); Kris Finney, Michael Mather (drums); Ian Dreever (vocal). 

Not a vintage jam, just another day at the office albeit not without its highs and its lows. Among the highs were some impressive trumpet playing by teenage protégé Kilsby whose After You've Gone could have been mistaken for Red Allen or Blue Mitchell in a blindfold test - that's how colourful it was. His cohorts from Knats, Woodward and King David, were also in top form although the latter was perhaps a tad over forceful in the opening trio set. However, he did atone for it as the evening progressed.

Jazz Workshop @ the Globe - Sometime Ago (August 6/7)

This enjoyable event took place last weekend, August 6 and 7, with about a dozen students working in two groups with our very friendly tutors - Paul Edis and James Brady (of Leeds.)

Grateful thanks to all those at the Globe who were involved in the organising of this event.

I don't need to outline the proceedings blow by blow or rather chord by chord, as most readers have probably been part of such events more times than they can shake a sax at. Enough to say that the music played included:

Songs: Perdido (Juan Tizol); Sometime Ago (Serge Milhanovic)

Instrumentals: Ad Infinitum (Carla Bley); Struttin' With Some Barbecue (Lil Hardin Armstrong & Don Raye); Jelly Rolls (Charles Mingus); Westerly (Nikki Iles).

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Lancaster Jazz Festival 2022

This year's Lancaster Jazz Festival takes place in September for five days running from Sept. 7 to Sept. 11.
The PROGRAMME includes north east musicians Hannabiell, John Garner and John Pope.

Fantracks Acquires Jazzed To Accelerate Growth Of Fanmersive Live-Streaming Platform

(Press release)

FanTracks Digital LLC, the live streaming and fan engagement platform, has acquired jazzed (ETA Productions Ltd), the world’s first cross-media app for jazz, soul and blues. 

FanTracks launched in 2020 with the vision to create a unique fanmersive experience with live streaming at its core. FanTracks has built an engaged community through live streaming rock shows and its exclusive catalogue of video-on-demand concerts featuring A-list artists. jazzed has built a strong user base in its launch territories of UK and Germany based on a deep-dive curated catalogue of jazz, soul and blues and its unique Listen, Watch, Read user experience. 

Monday, August 08, 2022

Central Bar Quintet plays John Jenkins with Kenny Burrell - August 8

Giles Strong (guitar); Jamie Toms (alto sax); Alan Law (piano); Mick Shoulder (double bass); John Bradford (drums)

Second Monday in the month. What's happening? Central Bar, Gateshead end of the High Level Bridge, a classic Blue Note album (other iconic labels get a look in) played in full. That's what's happening. This month the Central Bar Quintet tore into John Jenkins' 1957 recording with Kenny Burrell.

Grant Russell Quartet @ the Railway, Stockport - August 7

(© Jeff Pritchard)
Grant Russell (bass); Jeff Gundren (tenor sax); Paul Kilvington (keys); Luke Flowers (drums).

I arrived at the Railway around 8-30 pm to find the music room fairly full with many jazz fans curious as to who the advertised act listed on the flyer as Richard Russack was and what instrument he played. The mystery was never solved as the band that turned up was a quartet comprised of some excellent musicians lead by bass player Grant Russell who I last heard here at the Railway when he fronted a similar line up. On that occasion he featured Kyran Matthews on tenor sax. Tonight Kyran’s place was taken by Jeff Gundren who is also a hard driving tenor man who, since relocating to Manchester from the US, has made a big impact on the local jazz scene.

Indigo Jazz Voices Gig Postponed

Further to the previous preview, please note that the Indigo Jazz Voices have regretfully had to postpone this Thursdays gig at the Globe (August 11). Hopefully the gig can be rescheduled for October 13 or December 8. So watch this space. Ann Alex

Sunday, August 07, 2022

The things we do for love (of jazz). Swing Manouche @ J's & B's, Fenham - August 7

(© Pam)
Mick Shoulder (lead guitar); Dave Smith (rhythm guitar); Martin Winning (clarinet); Paul Grainger (bass)

I remember, back in the early 1970s, hearing Frank Ricotti at a pub in Cruddas Park which was, in those days, Newcastle's equivalent of Hell's Kitchen (I've since heard the area has been gentrified).

The music was excellent and, as a bonus, my car still had most of its wheels.

Today, this devotion to duty was again tested to the limit albeit in, theoretically, more promising surrounds. However, Beelzebub - who had provided the central heating in Cruddas Park - didn't inspire the man upstairs to do likewise in the pastures green of St James' & St Basil's church in Fenham.

Just Friends @ Dorman's Jazz Club, Middlesbrough - Aug 4

Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Ian Bosworth (guitar); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums).

A band, formed from well known and respected local musicians, Just Friends played to an appreciative audience that included fellow jazz musicians Dougie Pugh, Ray Dales and John Brett.

Starting the night in fine style with the well known I'm Coming Home Baby showing how tight an ensemble they were  and enhanced by excellent solos from Richie, Ian and Dave - not to mention the great backing from Ron on bass and Mark on drums! This set the style for the night.

Paul Edis & James Brady @ The Globe - August 6

(© Sheila Herrick)
Paul Edis (piano); James Brady (trumpet, flugelhorn)

Jazz Co-op's annual weekend workshop attracted participants keen to learn from two of the busiest performers and tutors on the British jazz scene. Over the course of two days Paul Edis and James Brady would inspire students to develop their improvisational skills. You would be hard pushed to find two better tutors. What's more, on Saturday evening, our two principals treated their students and a wider audience to two sets of top quality jazz.

Album review: John Garner - Seventh Dream

John Garner (violin/comp./mixing); Flo Rosset (drums 1,5); Dave Walsh (drums 7); Alok Verma (tabla/frame drum 2/djembe 5).

Described as both an exploration of the seven major scale modes and a meditation on the mystical world of dreaming, John Garner's fifth solo album is a profoundly personal record of his musical and spiritual journey thus far.

Saturday, August 06, 2022

Aycliffe Radio Jazz Time: Sundays 6.30pm - 8.00pm (repeat Tuesdays 8.00pm - 9.30 pm)

Playlist 07/08/22. (Repeated Tuesday 09/08/22)

Request: Gerry Mulligan/Lee Konitz/Art Farmer; Duke Ellington; Gregory Porter.

Requests from Jeremy McMurray and his Pocket Orchestra.

Kenny Barron, Diana Reeves, Buddy Rich, Jimmy Smith, George Benson, Don Rendell-Ian Carr, Sonny Stitt.

Wynton Kelly Trio, Dave Brubeck, Buddy Rich Swings Count Basie.

Album (vinyl) review: Howard McGhee - Dusty Blue

Howard McGhee (trumpet); Bennie Green (trombone); Roland Alexander (tenor sax/flute); Pepper Adams (bari sax); Tommy Flanagan (piano); Ron Carter (bass); Walter Bolden (drums).

The second of the two vinyl pièces de résistance that I referred to in my previous post. It is excellent but far removed from what I expected. The Blue Mitchell album was everything I hoped for and got. I expected this, given the personnel to be an equally mind-blowing blast which it both was and wasn't!

Let me elaborate ...

Friday, August 05, 2022

Album (vinyl) review: Blue Mitchell - Blue Mitchell

Blue Mitchell (trumpet); Jimmy Forrest (tenor sax); Walter Bishop Jr. (piano); Larry Gales (bass); Doug Sides (drums).

There are rare moments in life that one treasures. The evening when a certain person smiles at you from across a crowded room or you go into a pub and they have your favourite ale on draught or, you see the mailman heading for your front door carrying a slim 12" x 12" package.

You open the door ahead of him in case he tries to squeeze it through the letterbox, thank him profusely and then break your fingernails as you feverishly struggle to open it.

Album review: Geoffrey Keezer & Friends – Playdate

Geoffrey Keezer (piano); Shedrick Mitchell (organ); Ron Blake (tenor/sop sax); Richie Goods (acoustic/electric bass); Kendrick Scott (drums) + Aayushi Karnik, Nir Felder (guitars); Munyungo Jackson (percussion); 19 piece orchestra on two tracks.

Well, I’m not sure this is allowed. This is an album of largely high energy jazz that sounds like it was made simply to be enjoyed. The blurb tells us that the name of the album is an homage to the idea of planning a playdate for a group of kids and that sense of fun pops up in several places across the album’s 43 minutes. There is a mix of styles and the music evokes all sorts of cinematic imagery; the music reaches back to golden era Blue Note but has a steady eye on challenges of the future as if to suggest the direction that this jazz thing might be going in.

London Latin Leader Liddard to Launch Album at Hoochie in October

Tenor saxist/keyboard/arranger Aaron Liddard, a prominent figure in the exciting London Latin jazz scene is to launch his new album - Nylon Man - at Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle's major nightspot, on Thursday October 22.  

The album, which includes some of the hottest Latin, jazz, fusion players on the London scene, features a who's who of the jazz and Cuban music scene in the form of: Yelfris Valdes trumpet (Buena Vista Social Club); Sid Gauld trumpet (Incognito); Raudelis Quiala Cisneros congas; Hammadi Valdes drums & percussion (Carlos Acosta); Javier Gincarte percussion; Paul Michael double bass; Andrew McKinney bass guitar (JTQ) and Elliott Henshaw drums.

Sounds like an evening not to be missed and, wait for it, it's free entry! Lance

MORE and MORE.

Thursday, August 04, 2022

A Foggy Day on Radio 4

Today I caught an interesting half-hour item on Radio 4 which was all about the George and Ira Gershwin song A Foggy Day and, in particular, as it was performed by Judy Garland at her legendary concert at Carnegie Hall in 1961. A concert that set Garland back on the road to stardom and ultimately provided the inspiration for this thorough analysis of the Gershwins' masterpiece by Rufus Wainwright. 

As well as the mixed blessing of hearing the song performed by Wainwright there were also excerpts of other performances as well as some observations from top British jazz singer Emma Smith. You can catch this on BBC Sounds. Worth a listen. Ann Alex

Meze Mundo @ the Millennium Bridge (or thereabouts) - August 3

I was out and about on a City Guides Heritage walk along Newcastle Quayside when I heard the distant strains of a band. As we approached the Millennium Bridge it came as a pleasant surprise and a great delight when we happened upon a  group of brass playing musicians.

Sadly, we couldn't linger very long but the music was great. There was only a small number of people watching which was sad because they deserved better. The songs I heard seemed to be a mix of modern songs and more traditional numbers - all given the band's individual take. 

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

Steve Oakes Quartet featuring Richard Wetherall @ the Railway, Stockport - August 2

(© Jeff Pritchard)
Steve Oakes (guitar); Ed Kainyek (alto sax); Richard Wetherall (piano); Gavin Barras (bass); Tim Franks (drums).

The opening tune tonight was Charlie Parker’s Relaxin’ at Camarillo taken at a very fast tempo which featured some great piano playing from guest musician Weatherall and also some fiery alto work from regular member Kainyek. Band leader Oakes sounded good and was using his collection of foot pedals to great effect on most of the numbers.

Downtown Danny

Spotted today playing Maple Leaf Rag outside Fenwick's in Newcastle, Downtown Danny from Whitley Bay! Let's hope the young piano wizard turns up at a Black Swan jam session, the next one is on Tuesday 9 August, 7:30 start. See you there! Russell

Jazz re:freshed Weekly Returns After A Three Year Hiatus

(Press release)

Jazz re:freshed Weekly, the acclaimed live series which shines a light on emerging talent from the UK jazz scene, will make a much-anticipated return this autumn after a three-year hiatus with a new residency at 91 Living Room in Brick Lane. Running every Thursday from 9pm, the series will kick off on 1st September with a performance from DoomCannon, the project fronted by London pianist, composer and producer Dominic Canning, with additional shows in September from a host of up-and-coming acts including Parisian bassist and singer Amy Gadiaga, Hackney-born pianist and BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year winner Deschanel Gordon, and blending African, Latin and jazz stylings, the all-female group Colectiva.

Marsden Jazz Festival is back for its 30th year against all odds

(© Liz Baker)
After a funding blow, the Yorkshire-based jazz festival has galvanised to bring four days of world-class live jazz to the picturesque Pennine village.

(Press release)

August 2022

Marsden Jazz Festival is thrilled to celebrate 30 years of the festival (6th-9th October)! They have just launched their 2022 programme and released tickets to the electrifying jazz coming your way in October.

Established in 1992, the festival is one of the longest running jazz festivals in the UK. The festival owes much of this longevity to its diverse programming and supportive audience, from the jazz curious and festival-loving families, to the community cohort and music buffs.

Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Charlotte Carter - three books you must read

If your reading preferences lean towards crime with a touch of jazz - or vice versa - then the noir novels of Charlotte Carter are for you.

I waxed eloquently about Ms Carter's first novel - Rhode Island Red - in which her series' protagonist: Nanette Hayes, a black, female street musician blows tenor sax on the sidewalks of Manhattan.

Monday, August 01, 2022

The Globe Summer Festival '22 - July 31

(© Debra Milne)
The Jazz Co-op's Globe Summer Festival '22 jazz day in association with Jazz North presented four bands in quick succession. A quick turnaround kept things moving from four o'clock in the afternoon through to sometime after 9:30pm. As the first band - Dean Stockdale's swinging trio - took to the stage the room was pretty much at capacity.    

Dean Stockdale Trio: Dean Stockdale (piano); Mick Shoulder (double bass); Abbie Finn (drums)

If you like swinging, straight ahead piano trios, look no further than the Dean Stockdale Trio. Opening with I'm Old Fashioned (Stockdale quipping he was...old fashioned, that is), pianist Stockdale, bassist Mick Shoulder (pictured) and Abbie Finn presented a one hour set with each and every number (GASbook and originals) hitting the bullseye. Ellington, Stanley Turrentine, Stockdale's Mia's Lullaby, the trio in fine form, Mick Shoulder's fine bass playing, Abbie Finn's listening ear, class from beginning to end.     

Derrick Harris Quartet @ the Railway, Stockport - July 31

(© Jeff Pritchard)
Derrick Harris (guitar); Andrzej Baranek (keys); Jose Canha (bass); Paul Smith (drums).

This line-up was a a more modern sounding one than the one that last appeared here and upon looking at the list of a dozen tunes played I noticed an absence of any numbers by Wes Montgomery but we did hear some interesting compositions by the likes of John Schofield, Jimmy Heath, Duke Jordan, Luiz Bonfa and Horace Silver plus a bunch of originals by Derrick Harris himself.

Sax Forte @ Connaught Court, York - July 28

Sax Forte, a saxophone quartet based in and around York, gave a concert at Connaught Court in the Fulford area of the city last Thursday and BSH's occasional correspondent in the area, Liz Harris, sent me a copy of their programme which bears out her comment that it was a wonderful, eclectic mix of music enhanced by their sheer professionalism.

The four musicians in the band are described in the programme as follows:

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