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Kathyrn Williams: “I got into Miles Davis when I was a teenager. But I’m nowhere near as knowledgeable as Anthony [Kerr]: he is an encyclopedia of jazz, with a real in-depth, academic knowledge. I’m just a fan.” – (Jazz Journal December 2017).

Christian McBride: "He [Horace Silver] was the whole package" – (Downbeat September 2014).

Today Wednesday January 17

Afternoon

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.

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Evening

Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00.

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Jazz Café Jam Session - January 16

(Review by Lance).
Too much! Too much! 
To attempt to give a blow by blow account of last night's Jazz Café Jam Session would be futile. Words could only hint at the ambiance both on and off stage. From the moment the house trio hit the deck with East of the Sun, there was ne'er a dull moment. This was a night when there were no passengers, each and every one contributing the max. Not only that, this was one of those rare jam sessions where no one called for All the Things You are - I didn't feel cheated.
Graham Hardy waxed lyrical on flugelhorn, Paul Gowland blew some paint-stripping alto and Nick Gould put the boot in on tenor. Gould, one of three Edinburgh escapees - Waugh and Midas being the other two - is always a welcome visitor whilst the latter pair, apart from being fine musicians, added a touch of humour to the proceedings.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

RIP Marlene VerPlanck

Marc Myers on his top-rated jazz blog, Jazz Wax, has reported the passing of legendary jazz vocalist Marlene VerPlanck on January 14 aged 84. Despite being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer the singer continued to perform until fairly recently.
Regrettably, I never heard her in person although she was a frequent visitor to the UK and gave a concert at Sage Gateshead during one of her tours. Fortunately, she left behind a recorded legacy samples of which can be heard as part of Marc Myers' tribute.
Sadly missed.
Lance.

Jazz Café update

The Jazz Café’s famed jam session returns tonight (Tuesday 16). An update, or, if truth be told, a correction…the house drummer will be the brilliant Russ Morgan working alongside pianist Paul Edis and bassist Paul Grainger. An earlier posting indicated that Matt MacKellar would be behind the traps. Well, he will be, but as a sitter-in. So, that’s two top class drummers for starters, and as is the way with this amazing jam session, others could well be looking to get behind the traps.

It is likely that Joel Brown will be in the house, similarly, alto saxophonist Dan Garel is rumoured to be up for it. One of the joys of the session (first and third Tuesdays in the month) is in not knowing who will turn up to sit-in and invariably being knocked out by their musicianship. The evening gets underway at eight o’clock with the house trio playing three or four numbers and then it’s open to all comers. Arrive early, grab a ringside seat, it’s the greatest free show in town!    
Russell

Monday, January 15, 2018

Cat Appeal


Ace trombone player Don Fairley posted this sad, emotional, item on Facebook:
I have a dilemma. Due to my overall health problems, I am soon to be moving to an assisted living home in North Gosforth. Unfortunately, There is a 'no pets' ruling which means that I cannot take my beloved cat, Mitzi, with me. I must, therefore, find a good home for her. She is mature at around 10 years old, beautifully well behaved and very easy to live with. She has been a delightful companion for over 9 years, in excellent health while in my care. Is there anyone who is looking for a wonderful mature pet to love and cherish?
If you know of anyone suitable, please leave a message. Thank you.

Don, your trombone skills are undisputed but this puts you above JJ, Kai, Teagarden and any other slideman in the world as a person.
So, you cats out there please help Don find a home for Mitzi.
Lance (and Daphne).
PS: Daphne says, "You ain't bringing none of your fancy she-cats into my house."

Francis Tulip Quartet @ The Quakerhouse, Darlington - Jan 14

Francis Tulip (guitar), Joel Brown (keyboards), Michael Dunlop (bass) & Matthew MacKellar (drums) + Dan Garel (alto saxophone)
(Review by Russell).
Darlington Jazz Club’s first concert promotion of the year featured a young quartet playing a fourth and final date of a tour across Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, and here at the Quakerhouse pub in County Durham. The Francis Tulip Quartet was about to go into abeyance as the musicians set off on their travels once again to Birmingham, London, Boston, USA and downtown Whitley Bay.
The Quakerhouse was as full as it gets for this eagerly anticipated appearance by the new kids on the block and the audience wasn’t to be disappointed. Benny Golson’s Stablemates, guitarist Gilad Hekselman’s Purim, a familiar looking setlist, the quartet, with bassist Michael Dunlop travelling up from London to play the gig, was in the groove from the off. And as if it couldn’t get any better, Dan Garel would join the band to play a couple of numbers!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

A bit on the Side

As Bebop Spoken Here's 10th birthday approaches and, with a significant birthday of my own in the offing, I'd like to reflect upon some of those gigs that were inspirational towards the creation of this labour of love. One venue, in particular, stands out.
Although I'd loved jazz for most of my life, and played in a few bands along the way, it was stumbling upon The Side Café on Newcastle's Quayside that resuscitated my enthusiasm. This was in 2008. So many of my contemporaries had passed on - Charlie Carmichael, Nigel Stanger, Trevor Johnson, Bobby Carr, Teddy Langston, Alf Parker, Ronnie McLean, Hughie Aitchison and many more that I'd begun to think the future for the music looked bleak.

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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to them all other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance

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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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