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Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Thursday May 25

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Free.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
Dulcie May Moreno - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Rd., Newcastle NE1 4PG. 8pm? Free? 0191 2325871 to confirm times etc.
Ray Johnson/Richard Herdman - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Babmus - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3/£2 (students/MU).
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Doo Wop Dollies - Queen's Hall, Beaumont St., Hexham NE46 3LS. 8pm. £10. 01434 652477.
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Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (tenor); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pearce (keys); Mark Hawkins (drums) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. Free. 8:00PM.
Paul Skerritt Band - Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 7pm. £25 (3 course meal inc.)
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Jumpin’ Hot Club stage @ Summertyne Americana Festival. July 19

(Review by Russell).
The weather forecast spelled the end of the world. The Jumpin’ Hot Club’s outdoor stage at Sage Gateshead could be blown down the banks of the Tyne and swept out to sea. The prospect failed to deter the hordes determined to sample all things Americana. The arena to the east of Sage Gateshead – Performance Square – offered little or no protection from the elements so the ubiquitous Stetson could come into its own.
Stetsons, gaudy Hawaiian shirts, ill-advised, ill-fitting shorts, the Geordie Cowpoke was out to impress. Outdoor events distract, entertain and irritate in equal measure. The music was the perfect distraction .Two acts on the day-long bill were ‘must hears’. Opening the show was Hannah Rickard and the Relatives. Rickard and her ‘relatives’ belted out Little Sister. A favourite tune, a great way to start the day. Ms Rickard looked the part in heels, ponytail and shades. The boys in the band, wishing they looked like James Dean, rattled through the tunes with a well-rehearsed nonchalance; a concise guitar lick, booting tenor, a spin of the bull fiddle. You Changed suggested Rickard. The short set included the new release LA Lover. The Stetsons wanted more, a tight schedule denied them, the next band waiting in the wings.
Up above, a gun metal grey sky was about to put the lights out. A well-timed visit to the pub avoided the deluge. The first day of a new exhibition at a nearby art gallery offered further sanctuary.
A break in the weather coincided with the appearance of the other ‘must see’. It had been a few years since Big Joe Louis and his Blues Kings had been ‘up north’. A consummate performer with a beautifully understated guitar style (Jimmy Reed meets Elmore James by way of a Texas Shuffle), Big Joe sang of cheatin’ women (he heard the back door slam shut!) and found solace in the words of the Reverend Charlie Jackson, going home on the Mornin’ Train. Big Joe’s bass and drums (King David and Peter Greatorex) were the business – top class accompaniment from first note to last. Way back (the early days of the Jumpin’ Hot Club at the Bridge Hotel) Big Joe made many friends here on Tyneside and took time out to thank Graham Anderson and friends for inviting him to play at this year’s Americana. Here’s to the next time.   
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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