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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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14743 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1362 of them this year alone and, so far, 78 this month (Nov. 24).

From This Moment On ...

November

Fri 26: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 26: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 26: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 26: Hot Club du Nord @ St Cuthbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.CANCELLED!

Sat 27: East Coast Swing Band @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm.
Sat 27: Anth Purdy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. 'Swing Jazz Guitar'.
Sat 27: Heimatdamisch Bavarian Oompah Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 28 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 28: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 28: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 28: Alex Ord & Jude Murphy @ St Edmund's Church, Sedgefield. 3:00pm. Ord (piano), Murphy (bass).
Sun 28: Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 29: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

December

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: Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra @ Newcastle City Hall. Doors: 6:30pm. 1st night.
Wed 01: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00-9:30pm. In the bar.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Tom Ollendorff @ Café Cathedral, Owengate, Durham. 8:00pm. £5.00. A Durham Jazz Soc. event.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £22.00. Xmas lunch. Tel: 0191 691 7090.
Thu 02: Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra @ Newcastle City Hall. Doors: 6:30pm. 2nd night.
Thu 02: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Billingham Catholic Club. 7:30pm. Fundraiser for SVP. Tickets: £5.00. from 07757 062798.
Thu 02: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club, Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 03: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £22.00. Xmas lunch. Tel: 0191 691 7090.
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: Classic Swing @ Saltburn Community Theatre. 7:30pm.

Friday, November 26, 2021

Aycliffe Radio : Jazz Time - Playlist for Sunday Nov. 28 (6:30pm)

Chris Barber/ Sonny Terry/Brownie McGhee. 

Request: Count Basie.

Patti Durham makes her selection and talks about the Mike Durham Classic Jazz Party.

Dean Stockdale; Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong; The Fat Babies; John Lewis & Sacha Distel; Count Basie.

New Release: Paul Edis.

DownBeat Reader's Poll: Branford Marsalis Quartet; Chick Corea.

Kathy Lyon; Anita O'Day.

Repeated Tuesday 8:00pm.

Zakir Hussain concert brings a fitting and triumphant finale to the 2021 EFG London Jazz Festival @ Royal Festival Hall - Nov. 21

(Photo © Emile Holba)
Zakir Hussain (tabla); Sabir Khan (sarangi); Marcus Gilmore (drums); Abbos Kosimov (percussion).

The first half of his set saw Hussain, the critically-acclaimed Indian tabla master, collaborate with sarangi player Sabir Khan, wowing his audience at the RFH. 

They explored tabla repertoire passed down to Hussain by his father and guru, Ustad Allarakha Qureshi (1919-2000), popularly known as Alla Rakha. Rakha specialised in Hindustani classical music and was the accompanist of choice for sitar guru Ravi Shankar. Rakha greatly helped to popularise the tabla with audiences outside of the Indian sub-continent.

 

Hussain and Khan tackled the four movements of an absorbing raga which encompassed several spirited improvised passages. The four movements comprised Peshkar; an improvisation on established Kaida themes; a combination of ChhandChalan Gut and Parans (the latter two being 300 year-old traditional compositions); and a combination of Rau and Relas.

Knats @ Hoochie Coochie - Nov. 25

Ferg Kilsby (trumpet); Josh Mitchell-Rayner (keyboards); Stan Woodward (bass); King David Ike-Elechi (drums).

How can I describe this? Muscular Jazz - the capitals are intentional - was the description that came to mind. This was powerful, hit 'em hard, hit 'em often and don't spare the volume, music. There was subtlety - if you looked hard enough!

No poncey flugelhorns or drum brushes for these guys. Trumpet used effects pedals more than he used his solitary mute which lay forlornly on the floor of the stage for most of the gig.

A mix of originals interspersed with numbers by Monk, Donald Byrd, Roots and Radiohead as well as a take on My Favorite Things that placed Coltrane's version closer to that of Julie Andrews than to what was happening on stage at Hoochie.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Album Review: Wild Blue Herons – You & 1

Darlene Cooper (vocals); Bill Sample (piano, keyboards)

An album which was made during lockdown by this Vancouver-based husband and wife in their home studio. We get nine jazz standards, Stevie Wonder's song You and I, plus two originals, Don't Know How To Love You and Impossible Love. And a fascinating CD cover showing not herons as expected, but a couple of spotted beasts. The artwork is by Vancouver artist Joe Average and is entitled 'Unconditional Love'.

Four @ The Exchange, North Shields - Nov. 24

Bernie Ranson (tenor, alto sax, vocals); David Herbert (piano); Harry Husaini (5 string electric bass); Alan Wann (drums)

Four Play Blues is the title of one of the original compositions by four musicians who call themselves “Four” and who are currently playing regularly at The Exchange in North Shields….As well as this original we were treated to a selection of standards by four musicians who are gaining quite a following at this converted police station in Bedford Street.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Preview: Tomorrow (Thursday Nov. 25) @ Hoochie Coochie - Knats

(From the Hoochie F/book page)

THIS THURSDAY - A young quartet from Newcastle Upon-Tyne spreading the sound of modern, creative improvised music in the North East.

"Taking influence from contrasting genres, we have shaped our sound through studying jazz greats like Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, composers of the Romantic and Baroque eras such as Chopin and Bach, all the way to the British electronic music of Drum and Bass and House."

Entry is absolutely FREE, come & support this amazing young quartet! Take a chance.

Doors 7pm.

(Lance): No need to take a chance, this is a dead cert!

Duncan Winfield @ the Railway, Stockport - Nov. 23

Duncan Winfield (trombone); Paul Hartley (guitar);  Ken Marley (bass); Andy Bold  (drums)

You will most likely have seen tonight's guest performer sitting in the trombone section  of some of the many big bands that are to be heard in the North West area. I recall seeing him in the Ron Hayes Band, the Shades Jazz Orchestra and Swingtime - to name but three. It has been a while since I heard him playing in a smaller unit and I  was curious to learn what tunes he had selected for his performance.  They were in the main, standards plus a number written by Sonny Rollins - Alfie’s Theme  for the film Alfie which was a big hit for Michael Caine.

Jam Session @ the Black Swan - Nov. 23

Mark Williams (guitar); Paul Grainger (bass); Tim Johnston (drums) + Paul Gowland, Steve Summers (tenor sax); Esther Coombes (alto sax); David Gray (trombone); Alex Ngeyu, Alex ? (piano); John Pope, George ? (bass); Andy Lawrenson (violin); Tim Paradine, Chris ? (drums); Joe Steels, Jacob Egglestone (guitar); Niffi Osiyemi, Kit Giroux (vocals) 

And there were others whose names I didn't catch but no doubt will next time round - my apologies.

It all began quite sedately with the trio playing tasteful versions of I'll be Seeing You, I Love You and Prelude to a Kiss. Given the song titles it occurred to me afterwards that if they'd been played in reverse order it could have been the story of a one night stand!

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Album review: Rodney Jordan & Christian Fabian - Conversations

Rodney Jordan, Christian Fabian (double basses)

I've heard many duo recordings over the years but this is the first time I've been confronted with a double bass duet. And, if that weren't enough, the two players have opted to tune their instruments to A432 as opposed to the current standard pitch of A440.

A432 was in general use until Mozart's time and there was a general belief, I kid you not, that A432 had a healing effect on the listener's body. Perhaps if Mozart had stuck with the old tuning he'd have lived longer.

Preview: Yazz Ahmed & the BBC Concert Orchestra (BBC Radio, Nov. 23)

Recorded on Sunday, the Yazz Ahmed Quintet can be heard in concert from the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London in tonight's edition of Radio 3 in Concert (7:30pm). Trumpeter/composer Ahmed's band - Ralph Wyld (vibes), Dave Manington (bass), Corrina Silvester (perc) and Martin France (drums) - links up with the BBC Concert Orchestra at this year's EFG London Jazz Festival to perform a programme largely comprised of Ahmed's compositions - Russell   

Preview: Billie Holiday's Soul Music (BBC Radio, Nov. 23)

This evening there is another opportunity to hear the 2013 edition of Soul Music which looks at Abel Meeropol's song Strange Fruit, a song for ever associated with Billie Holiday. Tune to BBC Radio 4 Extra at half past six.  Russell

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