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Bebop Spoken There

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'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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13,726 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1143 of them this year alone and, so far, 87 this month (Sept. 24).

From This Moment On ...


Sun 26: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. .
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 26: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. .
Sun 26: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:00pm.
Sun 26: Sax Appeal @ The Blue Bell, Hill Street, Corbridge NE45 5AA. 4:00pm. Free. .
Sun 26: David Gray Flextet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 26: Nubiyan Twist @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 27: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 30: Mainly Two @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 30: '58 Jazz Collective @ Hops and Cheese, 9-11 Tower St., Hartlepool, TS24 7HH. Tel 0770 4160417. 7:30pm.
Thu 30: Shiver + Run Logan Run @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm. NFOJIM.
Thu 30: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 30: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Fri 01: Robert Mitchell @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. NFOJIM.
Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: Warmer Than Blood + Kit Downes + Ceitidh Mac @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 7:30pm. NFOJIM.
Fri 1: Knats + Hand to Mouth @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free but ticketed.

Sat 02: Paul Edis @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. NFOJIM.
Sat 02: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Stuart Fowler: Learning Jazz Standards. £25.00. To enrol email:
Sat 02: Zoë Gilby & Andy Champion @ Newcastle Arts Centre. 2:00pm. NFOJIM.
Sat 02: John Pope Quintet @ Newcastle Arts Centre. 3:30pm.
Sat 02: Jamie Cullum @ Sage Gateshead. 7:30pm.
Sat 02: Green Tangerines @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. NFOJIM.
Sat 02: Alina Bzhezhinska HipHarp Quartet + Pat Thomas. 8:00pm. NFOJIM.
Sat 02: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm.

Sun 03: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin' Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Zoe Rahman @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. NFOJIM.
Sun 03: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio + jam session @ Newcastle Arts Centre. 2:00pm. NFOJIM.
Sun 03: Mainly Two @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. NFOJIM.
Sun 03: Pope/Garner/Williams @ The Globe, Newcastle. 4:30pm. NFOJIM.
Sun 03: Fergus McCreadie Trio @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 7:00pm. NFOJIM.
Sun 03: Huw V Williams @ The Globe, Newcastle. 9:00pm. NFOJIM.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Jazz In The Afternoon @ Cullercoats

Iain MacAulay ( trombone, piano & vocals ), Brian Chester ( trombone & piano ), Derek Fleck ( clarinet, tenor saxophone & banjo ), Mike Durham ( trumpet & vocals ), John Hallam ( double bass & sousaphone ), Jim McKeown (drums ) + Theresa McMullen ( vocals ), Roy Gibson ( piano ) & Doris Fenn ( banjo ). The north east jazz riviera basked in sunshine throughout the holiday weekend and Monday lunchtime served up some sizzling good time jazz to a standing room only audience at the Crescent Club. Two or three of the band donned Hawaiian - style shirts for the occasion (perhaps they were suffering from heat stroke) and kicked off with Iain MacAulay taking the vocal duties on ''I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby''. Clarence Williams' ''Royal Garden Blues'' followed by ''Buddy Bolden's Blues'' set the standard for an afternoon of choice material. An instrumental version of ''Ain't Mishehavin''' set me thinking...had I ever heard the tune without the lyrics? ''Happy Birthday'' was a surprise inclusion. Dedicated to Alice - Derek Fleck's other half - it was met with approval by all. Mr.Fleck took the opportunity to steal a kiss! The first set highlight - ''Trog's Blues'' featured Fleck on clarinet in a duo with pianist Brian Chester. Fleck achieved a quite wonderful vibrato; Chester contributed a chiming effect which could be said to have been of the baroque. Perfect. The tempo increased with a rousing version of ''St. Louis' Blues'' - Fleck switching to tenor sax and Chester cranking it up with a bootin' Hammond solo (Gerry Richardson or Jimmy McGriff would have been proud!). ''Hiawatha'' brought the first set to a close. The interval allowed for another thirst - quenching pint of Guinness, the purchase of a par for the course losing raffle ticket and a bit crack. The great Theresa McMullen opened the second set accompanied by Roy Gibson at the piano, with bass and drum stalwarts Hallam and McKeown in support, singing a beautifully - paced ''East of the Sun''. The boys in the band, having returned from proping up the bar, launched into ''Savoy Blues'' with Chester and MacAulay switching roles. Chester demonstrated his infectious, bustling trombone style and MacAulay can certainly play the piano. Guest trumpeter Mike Durham blew some top stuff on ''Bad Penny Blues'' together with Chester, Hallam and McKeown. Doris Fenn sat in on ''Lady Be Good'' alongside fellow banjoist Fleck, Chester and MacAulay played 'bones and John Hallam produced, as if out of thin air, the monster that is the sousaphone (had this creature just escaped from the Blue Reef Aquarium along the coast?). Mr.MacAulay said, to much hilarity, that Marshall Walker, the band's erstwhile drummer, referred to the sousaphone as Hallam's ''fart - o - phone ''! All said and done ''Lady Be Good'' is a good tune ! ''Basin Street Blues'' was a good ensemble piece with Roy Gibson back at the keyboard. The entertainment concluded with ''Enjoy Yourself ''. All present did just that. Russell

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