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Bebop Spoken There

Brian Carrick: "I contacted Max Jones of Melody Maker and offered to be his correspondent in the States, but I should have done what Ken Colyer had done, get a job on a ship and then jump ship in the States. So I didn't make it [to New Orleans] till 1973." - (Just Jazz May 1999)


The Things They Say!

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".


In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.


As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Jazz Esquires @ The Porthole, North Shields

Mick Hill trumpet/flugel, Eddie Bellis trombone, Roy Gibson keyboard & Laurie Brown drums. Although the wet weather kept the crowds away the Jazz Esquires gave of their all to those who turned up.
Mick Hill again proved why he is in demand, driving on the up tempo numbers, lyrical on the ballads, he played a lovely Harmon solo on "I'm Confessin'" and an equally effective open one on "Stardust."
The smooth trombone of Eddie Bellis added to the joys, and he proved his musicianship by transposing from the Bb tenor sax parts in the ensemble.
Roy “Fingers” Gibson again showed his keyboard skills and what can you say about Laurie Brown? The man who drums were invented for. From skilful brush work on the ballads to knocking seven shades out of the cowbell on "Quando! Quando! Quando!" he never let up.
Intermission music was provided by Colin Johnson, keyboard and Derek Chapman drums, after which Roy played while Teresa proved again there is more than one Cullercoats lass can handle a ballad, Mike Read who doubles as the landlord and A.N. Other also provided songs. As they used to say after the Chapel trip, a good time was had by all. Miles.

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