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Bebop Spoken There

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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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14226 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 445 of them this year alone and, so far, 45 this month (May 13).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Mon 16: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 16: Swing Manouche @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Tue 17: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Abbie Finn.

Wed 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 18: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 18: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 18: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 19: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 19: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 19: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 19: 58 Jazz Collective @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. TBC.

Fri 20: Andrea Vicari Trio @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Vicari (piano), Andy Champion (double bass), Abbie Finn (drums).
Fri 20: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: Swing Bridge @ Garden House Coffee, Hallgate, Hexham. 4:05pm.
Fri 20: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 20: Customs House Big Band w Ruth Lambert @ Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm.
Fri 20: Andrea Vicari Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club. Vicari (piano), Andy Champion (double bass), Abbie Finn (drums).

Sat 21: Elkie Brooks @ Whitley Bay Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra @ The Hippodrome, Darlington. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 22 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 22: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 22: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 22: Abstract Orchestra plays J Dilla @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Sun 22: Panharmonia @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 23: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Bob Caswell & Frank Brooker with Blaydon Jazz Trio @ Blaydon Jazz Club. 8th July.

Bob Caswell (vocals), Frank Brooker (tenor saxophone, clarinet & vocals), Jeremy McMurray (piano), Pete Ayton (electric bass) & John Hirst (drums)
Front line veterans Bob Caswell and Frank Brooker shared the limelight in the company of a first class rhythm section featuring 'house' pianist Jeremy McMurray, Pete Ayton, McMurray's Teesside sidekick playing six string electric bass and as Down Beat would say, 'rising star' John Hirst on drums.
Brooker warmed up with the trio on a couple of numbers before Caswell took it on with The Best Things in Life Are Free. Caswell possesses that old school stage craft and charm, Brooker clearly enjoyed working alongside him and for the most part was content to play a supportive role - this was very much Caswell's night. Brooker closed the first set playing clarinet on a storming version of Monk's Straight No Chaser.
The second set promised much as Brooker got down to business - jacket off, sleeves rolled up - One Foot in the Gutter followed by Hank Mobley's Soul Station were the real deal, taken at a lick with an infusion of blues for good measure. Caswell sang Ol' Man River setting such a tempo that the boys in the band did well to hang on in there. The Lady is a Tramp, Cry Me a River and others showcased our vocalist's impeccable phrasing and reading of a lyric. McMurray was on form (is he ever off form?) , Ayton knows his way around his instrument and John Hirst is, quite simply, a 'rising star'.
Audience numbers were given a welcome boost with an invited party of Mothers and Toddlers (thankfully the latter were at home in bed) and regulars from Blaydon CIU Club's dance night. A jazz crowd they weren't - Ronnie Scott would certainly have had something to say but this was a bold initiative by Roly & co. to try and stimulate interest in the always excellent jazz on offer at Blaydon Jazz Club. The next session is in September - Thursday 9th - featuring the Blaydon Jazz Quartet with the added bonus, at no extra cost, of the fabulous Ms. Ruth Lambert.
Russell.

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