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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).

Number 22!

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

Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
Chris James & Martin Fletcher - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Hokum Hotshots - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. 7:30pm. £27.50. Tel: 0191 515 5555. ‘Bourbon & Blues’ three course meal - booking essential.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Lunchtime Jazz at the Literary and Philosophical Society, Newcastle Spring 2016

January 29 - Graeme Wilson and Paul Edis - the Music of T.S.Monk
Saxophonist Graeme Wilson and Pianist Paul Edis combine to perform a concert of music from the hugely influential pianist and composer Thelonious Sphere Monk! The last time this duo played the Music of Monk, Jazz Blog Bebop Spoken Here described is as a ‘contender for gig of the year’.
February 26 - Virtuoso Jazz Trio
Whenever this trio assembles on the concert platform the sense of fun and excitement is palpable. Their repertoire is rooted in the very best of the Great American Songbook. to which audiences of all ages and musical tasted respond with a sense of delight. George Macdonald (Clarinet) James Birkett (Guitar) Tony Abel (Bass)
March 18 - Ruth Lambert Trio
"It's all about the intimacy of the trio. Three voices, each one as important as the other"
The Ruth Lambert Trio takes it's main influence from the early recordings of Julie London's Trio. With the intimate accompaniment of Giles Strong's guitar and Mick Shoulder's bass, Ruth swings, improvises and transforms each song into something distinctive and personal. 
From beautiful originals to classics from the great American songbook, Ruth sings with an elegance that can take your breath away. Strong and Shoulder transport you back to the days of the smokey jazz club with a spirit that only genuine affection can achieve.
Their willingness to always serve the song, musical taste and easy authority set this group apart from the legion of vocal trios out there. Julie, Anita. and Carmen are all ingredients in the recipe but the result is very much their own.
April 22 - Noel Dennis Trio
Trumpeter Noel has worked alongside the likes of Andy Sheppard, John Warren, Tommy Smith, John Surman, Mark Nightingale, Tim Garland, Bob Mintzer and many other top musicians and composers. For this gig he is joined by pianist Paul Edis and bassist Andy Champion.
All concerts are 1-2pm, £4.

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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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