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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 Friday December 15

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz Café Christmas Party - Jazz Café. 8:00pm. Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law (8:00pm), Mo Scott Band (9:00pm). £10.00. (£8.00. advance).

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

Kentucky Cowtippers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Ray Dales - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:30pm. £8.00.

The Standards - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle NE1 4PG. 7:00pm. Free. South American band playing a Greenpeace benefit.

CoSYJO - Washington Arts Centre, Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington NE38 8AB. Tel: 0191 561 3455. 7:00pm. £6.00. (£4.00. concs.). CoSYJO (City of Sunderland Youth Jazz Orchestra).

Smokin’ Spitfires - Platform 1, Station Street, Bedlington NE22 7JW. Tel: 01670 828808. 7:00pm. £5.50. Enhanced line-up (The Mighty Smokin’ Spitfires) with David Blakey (trumpet) & Lloyd Howell (drums).

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

Sophie Armstrong: Jazz at Christmas - Maltings Theatre & Cinema, Eastern Lane, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1AJ. Tel: 01289 330999. 7:30pm. £13.00.

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

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Alan Wilkinson & the Bergen Connection @ Central Bar, Gateshead. May 11th

Alan Wilkinson (alto & baritone saxophones), Kim Johannesen (guitar), Ola Hoyer (double bass) & Dag Erik Knedal Anderson (drums)
Jazz North East's latest On the Outside promotion at Gateshead's Central Bar featured a return visit by UK firebrand Alan Wilkinson in the company of  three young Norwegians making a first time visit to the north east - guitarist Kim Johannesen (boasting a beautiful vintage Gibson), bassist Ola Hoyer and drummer/percussionist Dag Erik Knedal Anderson. Wilkinson is a familiar face with a familiar and formidable sound and it remained to be seen what the young pretenders would do. On alto or baritone Wilkinson always makes himself heard and those on the stand with him have it all to do to make their voices heard. Guitar and bass struggled to rise above the din (make that the glorious din). Wilkinson's alto playing was the more effective in that it engaged all four musicians (his baritone work made it a sax/drums workout) and at times the quartet really flew. Johannesen's approach was and is his own - scratching and scraping - with a nod to Joe Morris and a hint of Graeme Stephen. Ola Hoyer was robust throughout and the star performer was undoubtedly drummer Knedal Anderson. ''Busy'' would describe his style with technique to burn. His performance was a masterclass on its own yet he dovetailed seemlessly with Wilkinson's uncompromising style. He is destined to become a household name on the free jazz/improv circuit. The next On the Outside gig is a co-promotion with Splinter @ the Bridge in the upstairs room of the Bridge Hotel on Sunday 29th May marking the the Tyneside debut of Polish reeds player Mikolaj Trzaska.in trio format with bassist Olie Brice and drummer Mark Sanders.
Russell   

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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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