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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.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Paul Edis Sextet @ Gosforth Jazz Club - April 13

Paul Edis (piano), Graeme Wilson (tenor saxophone & flute), Graham Hardy (trumpet & flugelhorn), Chris Hibbard (trombone), Mick Shoulder (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums)
(Review by Russell/photos courtesy of Ken Drew (b & w) and Jerry E)
Gosforth Jazz Club. Gosforth where? you say. Yes, a new venture in the leafy suburb of Gosforth. As you come out of Regent Centre Metro station it's a right turn, enter Gosforth Civic Theatre, you have reached your destination. 
Don’t you mean Gosforth Civic Hall? Well, yes, but Austerity Times dictate that a once proud publicly owned amenity is now a ‘social enterprise’, hence Gosforth Civic Theatre. Tonight’s attraction: the Paul Edis Sextet.
Back in the day Gosforth Civic Hall (as was) presented a number of jazz concerts including a USA superstar in the form of Jay McShann. To the present – a north east supergroup was invited to play at Gosforth Jazz Club’s inaugural event. Of late, little has been heard of the Paul Edis Sextet. They are busy people involved in myriad projects; gigging, touring, teaching, recording. Bandleader Paul Edis decided ‘Now’s the time’. The set list opened and closed with familiar material – Administrate This and Angular with a couple of new tunes at the heart of the set. The book-enders feature Adam Sinclair’s imperious in-the-pocket groove. It must be like riding a bicycle, he didn’t forget.
Mr Hipster to Missing You, the latter featuring Graham Hardy on flugel, to a blowing Blues for Dad to The Timothys, the sextet picked up where it left off. Tenor (and flute!) master magician/musician Graeme Wilson drove down from Edinburgh to play the gig and the boys in the band were happy to play a new Wilson chart titled Brand New Mountain. The composer laid down the first solo followed by Edis at GCT’s piano, the sextet effortlessly in and out of swing-time sections. Edis introduced a new tune of his own – Muddle Through. Anything but a muddle, anything but a struggle for the Paul Edis Sextet. Further dates are in the diary, it’s only a matter of time before NYC is on the itinerary.
Gosforth Jazz Club is up and running. Stay tuned to BSH for news of the next concert.  
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.
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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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