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Jack Cooke: "...neither Giuffre nor Jim Hall are even adequate jazz musicians, they are technically limited, and more importantly, seem unable to improvise logically" - (Review of a JATP concert. Jazz Monthly May 1960)

Michael James: "...if Ellis [Herb] has merits they are definitely not these [fantastic fire and drive]". - (Review of Herb Ellis Meets Jimmy Giuffre (LP). Jazz Monthly May 1960).

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Today Tuesday October 17

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Black Bull, 98 Front St., East Boldon NE36 0SG. 1pm. Free. 0191 5365127. 5th of 6 consecutive gigs. 2 mins from East Boldon metro.
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Evening
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free. James Harrison on piano.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Clark Tracey to play fundraising concert for the National Jazz Archive as a tribute to Stan Tracey

(We rarely publicise events out of the area but, when it involves the NJA - an organisation we hold dear - we sometimes make an exception as is the case here. Award-winning drummer Clark Tracey is bringing his quartet to play a fundraising concert for the National Jazz Archive on 24 November in Walthamstow, North East London, an event worth supporting for those of our readers within stomping distance of the venue so, without apology, the press release is below - Lance). 
Press release.
To celebrate what would have been Stan Tracey’s 90th year, Clark Tracey has written the definitive biography of his father (The Godfather of British Jazz), being published by Equinox Publishing. The concert will be part of the book’s launch and will feature Stan’s music and well-known jazz standards. Stan was an important British jazz pianist and composer whose distinguished career spanned six decades.
Clark Tracey is one of the UK's premier jazz men with an international career as an outstanding composer, arranger and drummer. He has won Best Drummer in various awards five times, including the British Jazz Awards in 2016 and 2017.

Preview: This Sunday at Hoochie Coochie.

The occasional jazzy Sunday afternoon slots at Hoochie are rapidly approaching legendary status. Jason Isaacs Big Band,  the Strictly Smokin' Big Band and Gerry Richardson's Big Idea are, themselves, already legends in their own right and the audiences are fully aware of this. Last Sunday, Hoochie was packed out for SSBB - a gig that had the added incentive of featured guest Joe Stilgoe. This coming Sunday, Gerry Richardson's Big Idea return with an even bigger incentive - it's FREE!

Three million and counting!











(Report by Russell/Cartoons by the late Bill Shaw.)
Bebop Spoken Here’s regular contributor Ken Drew (words and photography) has had his eye on the BSH hit counter. It has now clocked up a clicktastic (Ken’s term!) THREE MILLION hits!!! Ken suggested that this milestone should not go without comment. 
Lance Liddle, BSH Editor in Chief,  musician (retired) and lifelong jazz fan had the idea of putting a few thoughts online about the local (north east of England) jazz scene, perhaps wondering if anyone would read, let alone respond to, them.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band with Joe Stilgoe @ Hoochie Coochie - October 15

Joe Stilgoe piano & vocals w. Strictly Smokin' Big Band.*
(Review by Russell)
The Strictly Smokin’ Big Band at Hoochie Coochie is a guarantee of top quality entertainment. Add a ‘big name’ guest to the event and you’ve got the makings of a memorable occasion. This Sunday afternoon gig - doors four o’clock, band on stage five thirty - attracted a large crowd, many of whom know a good thing when they hear it. Michael Lamb’s dynamic big band knocks spots off most with its ensemble work, the sections packed with accomplished soloists and the cherry on the top in the form of vocalists Alice Grace and F’reez. The bonus on this gig? Due to the standard of the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band’s musicianship, it was possible to secure the services of a musician of the calibre of Mr Joe Stilgoe.
Lounge suits the order of the day, the Strictly Smokin’ roared into action with Mexicali Nose. Buddy Rich’s Big Swing Face album continues to provide rich pickings (no pun intended) for the big bands of today and the guys in the SSBB helped themselves. Vocalist F’reez turned up the heat on Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley’s Things Are Getting Better with MD Michael Lamb leading from the front.

Preview: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe - October 19

Don’t miss the chance to hear these fine local singers this Thursday.  They are performing an excellent choice of songs, which includes Let There Be Love; Moonglow; the mythical Nature Boy;
Lullaby Of Birdland; and That Old Devil Called Love. All this is sung to the accompaniment of the superb Alan Law on piano. The singers are Jen Errington, Jenny Lingham, Carrie McKullock, Miriam McCormick and David Edgar. Five individual voices interpreting songs which are well worth listening to.
Admission is £5, well worth the price, and proceedings begin at 7.30pm.
I’ll be there so I hope that YOU are there as well!
Ann Alex

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Geoff Eales @ The Maltings Jazz Weekend - October 14

Geoff Eales (piano)
(Review by Russell)
Lunchtime Saturday, the rain just about holding off on the second day of the inaugural Maltings’ ‘Jazz Weekend’. Berwick upon Tweed bustled as tourists mingled with locals out shopping, bed and breakfasts advertising ‘no vacancies’, the YHA on Dewar’s Lane doing good business.  
At two o’clock a near capacity Henry Travers Studio audience set off on a whirlwind tour of jazz piano from A to Z through one hundred years and more of the recorded history of the music. An almost impossible task, but if anyone could do it, Geoff Eales was the man. Billed simply as ‘The History of Jazz Piano’ Eales adopted the maxim ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. From Scott Joplin to Geoff Eales, and several superstar pianists in between, the chronology was laid out before us.
Ragtime Scott Joplin – Maple Leaf Rag, The Entertainer – played by Geoff Eales at the Maltings’ Steinway piano – not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon! Eales introduced each piece to, one suspects, an audience more than familiar with both pianists and tunes performed. Jelly Roll Morton (Eales) playing Maple Leaf Rag demonstrated the new thing – ‘swing’. It was clear to all that Eales had the history of jazz piano literally at his fingertips.

CD Review: Indigo Kid 111 - Moment Gone in the Clouds

Dan Messore (guitar); Gareth Lockrane (flute); Calum Gourlay (bass); Tim Giles (drums).
(Review by Lance).
As the title implies, this is the third studio outing for Dan Messore's Indigo Kid set up. However, this time around, it's with a different line-up although, still a quartet.
Well, any band that has Gareth Lockrane on flute will do for me whether it's with his own big band or in a small group such as this. Fluting at its finest. Coupled with Messore's playing and compositions, support from Gourlay and Giles it paints indigo as a much brighter colour than Duke's perception of it.

Classic Swing Coming Soon to Monkseaton on Tuesdays

The newly formed band, Classic Swing, start a weekly lunchtime residency on Tuesday, October 31 (and all subsequent Tuesdays) at The Ship on Front St. in Monkseaton NE25 8DP. The pub is easily accessible being only a 2-minute walk from Monkseaton Metro Station.
Fronted by trumpeter and occasional clarinetist Bob Wade, the band will also feature the vocals of Olive Rudd along with, Jim McBriarty on reeds and vocals; Colin Haikney on Keys; Alan Rudd on double bass and an, as yet, unnamed drummer.
The band, whose style is predominantly mainstream also play Monday Lunchtimes at the Marquis of Granby, Sunniside.
Both gigs are from 1pm to 3pm.
Lance

Saturday, October 14, 2017

CD Review: Lauren Kinhan - A Sleepin’ Bee

Lauren Kinhan (vocal); Andy Ezrin (piano); Matt Penman (bass); Jared Schonig (drums) + Ingrid Jensen (trumpet 3 tracks).
(Review by Dave Brownlow).
Lauren Kinhan, a talented singer, songwriter and arranger, has created an album of classic and lesser-known standards as a tribute to Nancy Wilson, drawing particularly from her early ‘60s  collaborations with Cannonball Adderley and George Shearing. Lauren has enjoyed a varied career as a long-time member of vocal “supergroup” New York Voices, as co-founder of groups Moss and JaLaLa and as a solo singer in her own right with several releases to her name.
A warm expressive voice allied with a tremendous vocal technique enables her to move effortlessly through various genres – hollerin’ in bluesy/gospel style one minute, melancholy or slapstick the next. Accompanied by pianist and co-arranger Andy Ezrin, a brilliant and thoughtful accompanist in the musicianly style of Hank Jones, the more-than-competent Matt Penman and Jared Schonig and, on three tracks, the outstanding, idiosyncratic, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen.

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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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