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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, April 05, 2017

GIJF Day 3: Family Jazz All Stars with Zoë Gilby @ Sage Gateshead - April 2

Zoë Gilby (vocals), Mark Williams (guitar), Andy Champion (double bass) & Richard Brown (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Are you sitting comfortably? 11:00am Sunday morning, the Northern Rock Foundation Hall, Sage Gateshead. A fun and educational concert for the younger jazz fan…one such, Libby, age 6, and another youngster, age 6½ (keen to emphasise the ½), were but two prize winners during an hour of fun and games with Zoë Gilby’s ‘Family Jazz All Stars’. Well behaved grown-ups were welcome to attend if accompanied by a younger jazz fan. Early Sunday perhaps, nevertheless there was a sizeable turn out to hear Zoë Gilby sing songs and conduct a quiz. This Sunday morning jazz fans won prizes!

The ‘Family Jazz All Stars’ are known to all as Gilby, Mark Williams, Andy Champion and Richard Brown. Devised as a concert for the younger listener, the show received favourable reviews when staged at last year’s London Jazz Festival. Now, the north east-based quartet presented the show on home ground at Sage Gateshead. Gilby engaged with the young listener, asking a question, to which a correct answer would be sought at the end of a song. Pointing to one of Richard Brown’s cymbals, Gilby wondered if anyone knew what it was. The young jazz fans in the audience knew the answer. At the conclusion of the song a forest of hands shot into the air. A young jazz fan said: Cymbal! Well done! The older jazz fans didn’t have a clue, so, the youngsters scooped every prize going.
The songs Gilby sang included In It Together, the scary Red Right Hand (a prize offered, and won, for the scariest dance!) and Is It Me?  The Family Jazz All Stars is an entertaining package offering something for everyone – visit: www.zoegilby.co.uk

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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