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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.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tango Jazz Quartet @ The Globe - August 29

Gustavo Firmenich (sax & clarinet), Horacio Acosta (piano), Federico Hilal (bass) & Alejandro Beelmann (drums) + Debra Milne (vocal).
(Review by Lance).
Undoubtedly a first for the Jazz Coop and the Globe - an Argentinian Tango Jazz Quartet! I had initial reservations - I didn't know what to expect. Deliberately, I didn't YouTube them, I wanted to, hopefully, experience the 'Sound of Surprise' which is so often lacking in jazz today.
It wasn't lacking tonight - there were surprises galore!
Earlier in the day, the band had played a 'Milonga' that had tango dancers displaying their technique - and more - in the downstairs bar. (see separate review).
Several of those at the Milonga, lingered longer for the evening gig and I don't think they regretted it.
I'm not going to attempt to name titles - Firmenich's English is only slightly better than my Senegalese - but, music being an international language, - it didn't matter too much.
As someone who regarded the Tango as the squarest (slight pun in there) of all the South American dances - Bossa Nova, Mambo, Rhumba, Samba etc - I was quite amazed at just how great a groove this was! The band could be swinging, rocking, funking, jazzing or whatever, that tango rhythm was embedded in it all
Firmenich blows fruity tenor. Raspy, cutting edge, the man's got 12 fingers. Clarinet's the same. Croaky, throaty, plenty of glissando, Pee Wee lives! You want to learn jazz clarinet ? head for Buenos Aires!
On piano, Acosta varied from Jarrett-like intensity to an almost Debussyesque pastoral mode. But that was the charm of this unique band. Rarely did the tempo remain constant with mood swings aplenty! 
These senors are tension building maestros
Hilal played 6 string bass with a rare fluidity whilst Beelman incorporated the tango rhythm into the contemporary jazz/rock/fusion beat.
There was also a similar situation to the Louis Stewart story and the passing police car. On this occasion, it was an ambulance siren that was wailing. Firmenich didn't let it phase him simply holding the note until the siren faded. He hoped it wasn't for anyone present!
There was a surprise ending to the first set - a couple of numbers from our own Debra Milne!
Debra's O Level Spanish held her in good stead on Por Una Cabeza although I'd have preferred What a Difference a Day Made to be sung as Cuando Vuelva A Tu Lado!
The ground floor bar was crowded and the Wylam Gold Tankard went down a treat.
Photos.
Lance.

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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.
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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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