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Bebop Spoken There

Buddy Rich: "You either swing a band or you don't swing a band - (Metronome April 1956).

Sinclair Traill: “Well I don't think he (Chet Baker) can sing either.” – (Jazz Journal August 1956).

Fred Rowe Funeral Arrangements

The funeral of well-respected and much-loved trumpet player Fred Rowe will take place on Wednesday, December 13 at 14:00 hrs: Lytham Crematorium (Regent Ave, Lytham Saint Annes FY8 4AB). Afterwards - All warmly welcome for refreshments at 2 Chapel Close, Wesham, Preston PR4 3HB.
No flowers by request donations to Parkinson's UK. Should you wish to donate to Parkinson’s research, please contact the Funeral Directors (J & A Porter Funeral Services, Windsor Court, Windsor Road, Ansdell, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire FY8 1AH. Tel: 01253735423) or place in a collection box that will be provided at the end of the service.
"Please do come along, we would love to see as many of Fred’s friends as possible" - Joan Rowe and family.

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 Monday December 11

Afternoon

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 NE30 4QS. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

House of the Black Gardenia @ Billy Bootleggers - Dec 9

(Review by Russell)
A third gig of the day for your correspondent. Arriving at Billy Bootleggers during the interval sometime around ten thirty, the joint was jumpin’. The basement juke joint on Nelson Street has rapidly established itself as the place to hang out, be seen, dance, drink beer (American, buddy) and hear the best dirt-kickin’ roadhouse blues, jazz and hokum east of the Mississippi.
The beer flowing (Shipyard Brewing Company, Portland, Maine), standing (and dancing) room only all night long, the House of the Black Gardenia were about to begin their second set. Frontwoman, the fabulous Bobbi Charleston, strapped on her washboard, the boys in the band ready to go, Blue Drag then Viper Mad. The band, all waistcoats and braces, stepped right out of Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath to play some of the best stuff you’re ever likely to hear. Detached, dead-eye characters on the stand looked on as the revellers danced the night away. Bassist and sousaphonist Neil Hopper didn’t blink, similarly, guitarist Michael Littlefield (frontman with the King Bees) stared, vacantly, into the middle distance, looking not unlike an ‘other world’ Manouche.

The Lambton Big Band @ The Black Swan - Dec 9

Descending the stairs on a cold winter’s night it was good to feel the warmth from the Black Swan bar. From Newcastle Arts Centre’s freezing courtyard to a positively tropical basement venue, the debut performance by the recently formed Lambton Big Band was almost upon us. The band had worked hard to promote the gig and reaped the rewards with an audience nudging well into three figures.
Band MD Callum Mellis made himself available greeting the arrival of family, friends and a host of supporters bringing with them seasonal goodwill. Suited and booted, the Lambton Big Band hit the ground running with a varied set list; In the Mood to a Stevie Wonder medley – Isn’t She Lovely to Sir Duke – to a first appearance from the band’s singer Therese singing Feeling Good. The ensemble work impressive, with Therese no doubt flying high on adrenaline. A collective clicking of fingers signalled Moondance. Therese would later return to the stage.
Mellis played good flugelhorn during an inevitable Christmas medley – White Christmas to a tinsel-covered Jingle Bells with Alex Thompson giving it a blast on baritone. The Lambton Big Band was well and truly up and running. Cameras clicked and cameras flashed, ensuring this debut concert by the Lambton Big Band would be comprehensively documented!

Review of the year - Ashington Jazz Club

It was about this time last year that I had a call from Bob Wade asking if I was the John Taylor who ran Ashington Jazz Club. I told him that unfortunately, the club had closed. We talked at length about jazz in the North and Bob’s involvement with the South African Jazz Scene. Bob said that we had a lot in common – as he put it synergy.
During the winter I helped Bob and his wife Gill move into their new UK home. Six months after playing in SA I got Bob his first blow with Don Fairley. The rest is history. Bob gave me the motivation to start the club up again.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

The Early Bird Band @ The Jazz Café - Dec 9

James Metcalf (trumpet), Matthew Downey (guitar), Ben Lawrence (keyboards), Alex Shipsey (bass) & Rory Gardener (drums) + Paul Edis (tenor saxophone & flute) 
(Review by Russell)
One or two changes to the usual line-up today – the Thompsons weren’t available due to recording commitments and guitarist Matthew Downey would soon dash to a show engagement. Busy young men are the Early Birds! Occasional drum dep Rory Gardener made good use of the house kit and pianist Ben Lawrence sat at the Caff’s Nord keyboard. MD Paul Edis informed the audience that in today’s setlist there would be a Christmassy element…bah humbug!

Ayanna Witter-Johnson @ The Black Swan December 7

Ayanna Witter-Johnson (cello/keys/voice).
(Review by Steve H/photo courtesy of Mike Tilley from archives)
Ayanna Witter-Johnson made a more than welcome return to Newcastle at The Black Swan, virtually a year after appearing the Jazz Café. Everything I said in the review of that gig still applies The audience ….. were rewarded with a performance of charm, elegance, and sheer quality’. Her performance on Thursday night seemed to be more relaxed and confident than previously and there were some new songs to appreciate and enjoy. A measure of just how comfortable Witter-Johnson felt on stage was that she invited questions from the audience in between numbers. 

Leeds Lord Mayor Gets Jazzy!

The Lord Mayor, Cllr Jane Dowson will be a guest at the tenth anniversary Jazz Party held this Sunday afternoon 10 December at Seven Arts Chapel Allerton Leeds.
It’s 10 years since voluntary jazz promoters Seven Jazz started at Seven Arts who last year picked up the prestigious UK Parliamentary Jazz award in 2016 for best UK jazz club and this will be the last concert under the club’s old name.
We’ll be announcing some exciting news for 2018 – there is to be a new six-day Jazzleeds festival (July 20-25th 2018) at city centre venues including the Wardrobe, the College of Music and Millennium Square and featuring jazz stars like Soweto Kinch and Greg Abate and including a jazz play by Leeds author Chris Nickson and a celebration of the music of Duke Ellington marking 60 years since his famous visit to Leeds in 1958.

Friday, December 08, 2017

The Improvisers' Workshop Ensemble - “Magic Mirrors" @ The Jazz Café - December 1

Nigel of Coalburns (Voice & Toys) / Gabriele Heller (Voice & Objects) / John Harrison (Saxophone) / Thomas Dixon (Saxophone) / Karen Rann (Saxophone) / Crispian Heath (Acoustic Guitar) / Martin Donkin (Electric Guitar) / Paul Taylor (Keyboards) Tobias lllingworth (Keyboards and other instrumentation) / Wesley Stephenson (Drums and Percussion)
(Review/photo by Ken Drew).
“Gathering monthly for sessions at The Bridge Hotel 'The Improvisers' Workshop' is a space where people interested in sound and improvisation gather to play, discuss and explore the nature and mysteries of improvisation. These sessions often result in different games and strategies used as vehicles for the improvisation that takes place. "Magic Mirrors" was such an idea that was conceived for a performance by the ensemble.
As a durational piece “Magic Mirrors” explores the space where a large group ensemble works in unison, and the way that unity dissolves and breaks into smaller groupings of players or soloists, which may also be symbolised by silence. Through mirroring and a Chinese whispers style of communication, the growth of the music is shaped by the decisions of the players and the way they choose to mirror, this could be rhythmically, tonally, texturally, emotionally or any such inspiration of their own choosing.”

The Zoe Gilby University Group - “Constellation Jam" @ Jazz Café - December 1

Zoë Gilby (Mentor and Vocals) / Grace Alexander (Keyboard) / Ross Barnes (Bass) / Oliver Cobb (Guitar) / Amber Cox (Vocals) / Will Earl (Drums & Percussion) / Chris McMahon (Drums & Percussion)
 (Review/photos by Ken Drew)
“For the past four weeks, vocalist and songwriter Zoë Gilby has been running a series of workshops for the postgraduate music students of Newcastle University, culminating in this final performance for the students "History of Jazz" module.  Also, as part of Jazz North East’s ‘Women Make Music' series, this composition Constellation Jam illustrates the evolving nature of jazz.  Accepting no boundaries, the constant progression of this particular genre of music has entertained and inspired modern popular music and beyond.  The concept of this piece highlights the importance and integral need for jazz to be always changing. Often not to everyone’s taste, but never compromising, always a curious adventure.”

And still undefeated...

February listings from Ronnie Scott's includes the following: (Photo courtesy of Roly).
Sun 4 Feb ENGINES ORCHESTRA feat. FEMI TEMOWO
The Engines Orchestra unites London’s most adventurous young classical, jazz, world and folk musicians in a community that works closely with other artists to push the boundaries and develop audiences for groundbreaking, new music. They work with composers from all genres, animators, filmmakers and dancers to create accessible ways into challenging environments. 

Riviera Quartet @ Empty Shop, Durham - December 7

Pete Tanton (trumpet, flugelhorn & vocals), Mark Williams (guitar), John Pope (double bass) & Russ Morgan (drums)
(Review by Russell)
35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham. Empty Shop was open for business on a freezing winter’s night. Upon arrival, proprietor Carlo just happened to be at the speakeasy’s door. Many in? enquired your correspondent. Yeah said our welcoming host. At the top of the stairs a ‘hello’ to JP, Mr John Pope. The bar snuggly warm, a Pinot Grigio and a bottle of Pavlov’s Dog the order, MC Tony Eales hadn’t reserved seats…tut tut! 

Thursday, December 07, 2017

CD Review: Eric Byrd Trio - Saints Are Still Marching

Eric Byrd (piano/vocal *); Bhagwan Khalsa (bass); Alphonso Young Jr. (drums); + Terell Stafford (trumpet**); Tim Warfield (sax**).
(Review by Lance).
Back in the day when, as a callow youth, I first endeavored to penetrate the jazz curtain I discovered there were certain rites of passage. If it was a modern/bop gig, wearing your sharp suit, slim-jim tie and crewcut hairstyle you hollered for the band to play Dizzy Gillespie's The Champ. If, on the other hand, it was a New Orleans style band (Trad had yet to be invented) wearing your duffle coat, sloppy-joe sweater and, sans deodorant, you shouted for The Saints.
Both of them rather inane tunes.
However, in the right hands, water can be turned into wine.

Gregory Porter headlines Jazz FM Christmas Show


Gregory Porter is one of a host of jazz celebrities hosting programmes over the Festive Period. If you're snowed in or have a few bottles of Jack Daniels to dispose of or even if you just want to hear some good jazz then Jazz FM is the place to be!
Lance 
Details here.

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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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