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Roy DuNann: "I would have sent him [Ornette Coleman] home ... It wasn't music at all for me" (JazzTimes May 2022)

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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.
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14264 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 83 this month (May 26).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Sun 29 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Hartlepool United Supporters’ Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Groovetrain @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 29: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Allendale Village Hall, Northumberland. 7:30pm.
Sun 29: Two of a Mind: Sue Ferris-Steve Summers Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.
Sun 29: Jam session @ Fabio's Bar, Durham. 8:00pm. A Durham Uni Jazz Soc event. All welcome.
Sun 29: Cedric Burnside @ Cluny, Newcastle. Superb Mississippi hill country blues!

Mon 30: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

June

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: The Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Walled Garden, Gibside National Trust, NE16 6BG. 12.30 - 3.30pm.
Thu 02: (CANCELLED THIS WEEK ONLY!) Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 02: House of the Back Gardenia @ Gilsland Village Hall. 7:00pm.
Thu 02: The Blues Band @ Whitley Bay Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Thu 02: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. Featured performers: Tony Bevan & Williwaw. 7:30pm. Free admission (donations). Upstairs.
Thu 02: Atom Eyes @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Bywell Hall, Stocksfield. 2:00pm.
Fri 03: Sam Braysher Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm. Braysher, Matyas Gayer, John Williamson.
Fri 03: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm (doors). £15.00.
Fri 03: Lee Bates @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor Bradley Johnston - Rhythm Changes. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 04: After Hours # 4: A Night of Jazz Fusion @ Concert Room, Music Dept., Palace Green, Durham University. 6:30pm. £5.00. & £4.00. A Durham Uni Jazz Soc. event.
Sat 04: Boys of Brass @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.
Sat 04: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ The Manor House, Thornaby. 8:00pm. £25.00. (inc. 3 course meal). Book on 01642 764153.

Sunday, May 29, 2022

The Globe Summer Festival 29-31 July

(Press release)

We are delighted to present our second three-day, multi-genre festival, after the success of last year’s debut event!

We have put together a programme of Blues, Americana, Folk-Rock, and Jazz, featuring superb performers from North East England and beyond!

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Aycliffe Radio Jazz Time playlist

Playlist 29.05.22 (31.05.22)

Requests from Opus 4: Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Teddy Wilson, Coleman Hawkins, Esperanza Spalding, Stan Getz, Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Dorothy Ashby, Paul Chambers, Horace Silver.

New Releases: Brian Molley Q.

What’s on in the NE: Sam Braysher. Ruth Lambert, Alligator Gumbo, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

Music to relax you: Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra.

Jazz Time Sundays 6.30-8.00pm (Repeat Tuesdays 8.00-9.30 p.m.) 

https://www.ayclifferadio.co.uk/listen/

Whitley Bay Carnival - May 28

It's back! First lockdown postponement, then curtailment, the Whitley Bay Carnival returned in style, basking in bright and breezy conditions on Whitley Bay seafront. Hundreds, make that thousands, of happy folk enjoyed the free - yes, free! -entertainment on offer. Music, street theatre, fairground rides, food, drink, sunshine, yep, a canny day was had by all. Top of the bill, as far as this reviewer was concerned, the Northern Monkey Brass Band!

Northern Monkey Brass Band: Michael Lamb (trumpet); Alastair Lord (trumpet); David Gray (trombone); Mark Ferris (trombone); Jamie Toms (tenor sax); Phil Rosier (tuba); Adam Sinclair (snare drum); Brendan Murphy (bass drum)

Where or When did it happen for you?

Being of an age where the future is likely to be - at least in my case - inversely proportionate to the past (or should that be vice versa?), I got to thinking (always a dangerous thing to do) about the many north east jazz venues that have, over the years, upped and offed leaving behind a worn out clarinet reed that had died after too many unsuccessful attempts to replicate the obligatory solo on  High Society, a few empty glasses, some broken dreams and a lot of memories.

Jo Harrop on JRR! (Sunday 29)

Tomorrow (Sunday 29) Jo Harrop features on Jazz Record Requests (Radio 3). And she's in good company, or rather this lot - Basie, Stan Kenton, Bobby Wellins, Stan Tracey and Ella - are in the good company of County Durham's pride and joy, Ms. Jo Harrop! Tune in at four o'clock to find out which track from one of Jo's albums has been selected for JRR airplay. 

Friday, May 27, 2022

Album review: Emma Smith - MESHUGA BABY

Emma Smith (vocals); Jamie Safir (piano); Conor Chaplin (bass); Luke Tomlinson (drums)

Emma Smith may be a part of the UK's best ever swing vocal group - The Puppini Sisters - but, she is also a knockout performer in her own right, as this rather wonderful album proves.

Given the amount of top class singers on the current scene it would be foolish to even attempt to draw comparisions between the contenders. 

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Album review: Seth McFarlane - Blue Skies

Seth MacFarlane (vocals); Andrew Cottee (arranger) + orchestra including Chuck Berghofer (bass); Peter Erskine (drums); Larry Koonse (guitar); Dan Higgins (alto sax); Tom Ranier (piano).

Sinatra and Tormé have gone. Bennett's in retirement. Who's left in the crooner clique? Well there's Bublé and Connick Jr. and there's this Family Guy - Seth MacFarlane.

I've yet to watch Family Guy but I've heard several albums by the show's main man and when it comes to singing and swinging a standard Seth's the star.

He's not as hip or as cool as Sinatra and Tormé were, but swings more than Bennett ever did and beats Bublé and Connick Jr. at their own game. In short, as Ol' Blue Eyes would say, "He's a gasser!"

Album review: Asaf Harris: Walk of the Ducks

Asaf Harris (tenor/soprano sax); Nitzan Bar (guitar); Guy Moskovich (piano); Omri Hadani (double bass); David Sirkis (drums)

The first of two new albums on my to do list from BSH Editor in Chief, both from Israeli artists, offering an opportunity to reflect on the phenomenal jazz talent emerging from Tel Aviv and often achieving breakthrough in NYC and Europe.  The case in point here is the young sax player Asaf Harris making his debut on Ubuntu, with a band full of yet more talented Israeli players previously unknown to me.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club - May 25

Brian Bennett (banjo); John Faragher (clarinet/vocals); David Gray (trombone/vocals); Lawrence McBriarty (trombone/vocals); Dave Eckhard (bass guitar) + Neville Sarony, John Broddle, Fred Thompson (vocals)

The Vieux Carré Jazzmen stomped off their regular Wednesday spot at the Crescent Club with George Lewis' Move the Body Over Here. Lewis disciple Faragher took the vocal on this one setting a pattern for what was to follow - vocals, vocals, vocals!

Lawrence McBriarty stepped up to the plate and sang Dallas Blues. He reminded me of Eric Burdon before Eric became an Animal.

Paul Hartley Quartet w. John Hulme @ the Railway, Stockport - May 24

(© John Pritchard)
John Hulme (trumpet/flugelhorn); Paul Hartley (guitar); Matt Owen (bass); Phil Bennett (drums).

John Hulme is a familiar figure on the Greater Manchester jazz scene and for those who go to gigs by big bands, you may have seen him sitting in the brass section.


Like a lot of trumpeters he also likes to play flugelhorn - an instrument I took a liking to ever since I first heard it played by Clark Terry on his Riverside album In Orbit.  I don’t think I’ve heard any musician in recent times get as mellow a sound on the larger horn than Terry, with the possible exception of Tom Harrell who impressed me when I saw him at the Malta Jazz Festival a few years ago. John is an admirer of Harrell’s and tonight he played flugel on Harrell’s composition Moon Alley.

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