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Farewell Blues

R.I.P. HRH Queen Elizabeth ll (1926 - Sept. 8, 2022).
R.I.P. Trevor Tomkins (1941 - Sept. 9, 2022).
R.I.P. Gordon McGregor (Sept. 11, 2022).
R.I.P. Ramsey Lewis (1935 - Sept. 12, 2022).
R.I.P. Pharoah Sanders (Oct. 13, 1940 - Sept. 24, 2022).
R.I.P. Sue Mingus (April 2, 1930 - Sept. 24, 2022).

Bebop Spoken There

Larry Klein: "- in a certain way - Leonard [Cohen] is the greatest songwriter ever." - (Jazzwise October 2022)

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".

'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.

Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

14602 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 880 of them this year alone and, so far, 80 this month (Sept. 26).

From This Moment On ...

September

Fri 30: Adam Johnson @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 30: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 30: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 30: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 30: Pete Churchill & Noel Dennis: Exploring the Jazz Metaphor in Leadership & Management @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 2:30-4:00pm. Workshop.Tickets: £3.30 (inc. bf). A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 30: FILM: Bird (Dir. Clint Eastwood) + Swing Bridge (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 6:30pm.
Fri 30: Orphy Robinson + Maniscalco-Bigoni-Solborg + Nicole Mitchell + Binker Golding-Alexander Hawkins-John Pope-Paul Hession @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle (7:00pm). A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 30: Ushaw Ensemble @ St Mary’s Church, Holy Island. 7:30pm.
Fri 30: Julija Jacenaite @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Fri 30: King Bee @ The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Independent, Sunderland. 9:00pm. £22.50. DJs + King Bee.

October

Sat 01: Dale Storr @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 01: Nicole Mitchell & Alexander Hawkins @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sat 01: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Pete Churchill. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 01: Orphy Robinson (in conversation); Beck Hunters w John Pope & Laura Cole; Daniel Levin; Black Top w Mariam Rezaei @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 6:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sat 01: Simon O'Byrne @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Solo guitar & vocals.
Sat 01: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 9:00-9:45pm. A Great Market Caper multi-bill event. Superb Chicago blues band. Doors: 6:30pm. Tickets: £10.00. + bf.

Sun 02 RUTH LAMBERT TRIO @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 02: Helena Anahita Wilson @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sun 02: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 02: Zoë Gilby Trio w Noel Dennis + John Garner & John Pope + Dilutey Juice @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. £7.00.
Sun 02: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 02: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 02: Lindsay Hannon's 'Tom Waits for No Man' @ Three Tanners Bank, North Shields. 6:00pm. Free.
Sun 02: Celebrating the Life & Music of Pharoah Sanders @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £8.00. on the door. Feat. Sue Ferris, Paul Gowland, Tom Atkinson, Jude Murphy, Jeff Armstrong.
Sun 02: Shifa + Bex Burch & Leafcutter John + Farida Amadou @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.

Mon 03: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 04: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).
Tue 04: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Dean Stockdale, Paul Grainger, Tim Johnston.
Tue 04: Blue Jazz Quartet w Rivkala @ The Ship Isis, Sunderland. 7:30pm. Free.

Wed 05: Hot Club du Nord @ St Wilfred's Church, Kirkharle, Northumberland. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT! Waiting list open.
Wed 05: Hot Club du Nord @ St Wilfred's Church, Kirkharle, Northumberland. 4:00pm.
Wed 05: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 05: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 05: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 05: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 05: Rat Pack - Swingin' at the Sands @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 06: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 6:30-9:00pm.
Thu 06: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 06: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm. Paul Skerritt & James Harrison residency.
Thu 06: Brass Funkeys + Baghdaddies @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 06: Mo Scott Band @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 06: Lindsay Hannon Trio @ Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm. 'Tom Waits for No Man'. A Harbour View Speakeasy event.
Thu 06: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Garry Hadfield (keys) Bill Watson (trumpet) Josh Bentham (sax) Mark Hawkins (drums) Adrian Beadnell (bass)

Monday, August 02, 2010

Milestones @ The Stockton International Riverside Fringe Festival. August 1st

Jazz Action’s annual bash at the Georgian Theatre is an eagerly anticipated highlight in the jazz calendar. The weather on Teesside was good, people were out in their numbers and there was a larger than usual crowd for the first set at noon.
Budvivar, making their Georgian debut, had the unenviable task of setting the standard. The band - Debra Milne (vocals), Chris Finch (piano), Mike Clarke (electric bass), Eric Stutt (drums), Stuart Findon & Fiona Littlewood (tenor saxophones) – served up good wholesome Sunday lunch jazz fayre. Thelonius Monk and Horace Silver were on the menu and a vocal dessert really did Hit That Jive, Jack. A good humoured set, good piano from Finch and top marks to Mike Clarke depping on bass.
Legohead, a three piece, could be described as a ‘power trio’ but they’re much more than that. Lloyd Wright (guitar), Jon Proud (electric bass) & David Francis (drums) are as tight a unit as one could wish to hear. The material is there own, full of melody with a groove. Proud and Francis have it nailed and Wright has all the chords and more. A great set from a great band.
Miles Ahead is the Milestones’ workshop band, tutored, principally, by Adrian Tilbrook and Andy Champion. A cast of thousands - well, a dozen or so, many of whom were on stage for the first time following seven weeks of woodshedding - performed with great credit.
A funky Summertime, then Four, then more Miles were taken in their collective stride. Caroline Bagley, something of a veteran of the Milestones’ hothouse at the age of twenteen-something, featured on the ballad But Beautiful backed by the rhythm section. This was one of the highlights of the day. Guitarist Jack Bartley played well-crafted solos and violinist Tracey Hyman was fearless in taking an exposed solo on Summertime. The full band roll-call: Caroline Bagley (alto & baritone saxophones), Susie Roberts (alto saxophone), Jud Downes (trumpet), Tracey Hyman (violin), Jack Bartley (guitar), Andy Shearer (guitar),Mark Jackson (piano), Angus Milne (double bass), Alex Shearer (bass guitar), Katie Lamb (percussion) & James Torvaney (piano).
Tyneside based musicians were well represented throughout the day and the fourth set featured HCW. Led by drummer John Hirst (a Berklee graduate), the trio is yet another of the region’s emerging bands writing original material. Bassist Christos Worsley and guitarist Edd Carr completed the line-up. Worsley is an understated class act and Carr is a superb stylist; lyrical yet capable of unleashing stunning fusion lines. Orange and Violet, Long Distance (a new number) and Billy Cobham’s Red Baron were but three of the tunes in their set.
The Stockton crowd built throughout the afternoon and plenty were in to hear Horn Dogs. Now this is a band! Formed by trumpeter Graham Hardy to play the music of New Orleans (and Hollywood and TV Land!), this is a cracking outfit with top notch musicians clearly having a good time. The opening bars of the first tune lulled some into thinking this was going to be a sedate, indeed funeral affair. Ha! A flick of the switch and we were off – What a Friend We Have in Jesus. Blazin’! The best of N’Orlins mixed with Hardy compositions (Horn Doggin’, Melon Felony and Big ‘n’ Brassy) and a rollercoaster ride through the likes of Flash!, Hey Jude and a sci-fi medley had the crowd roaring with delight. A great set. For the record: Graham Hardy (trumpet), Alistair Lord (trumpet), Graeme Wilson (tenor saxophone), Eddie Bellis (trombone), Kieran Parnaby (trombone), Brendan Murphy (bass drum), Alex Testin (snare drum) & Phil Rutherford (sousaphone).
We were past half way and the heavyweights were beginning to arrive. The first bout featured Chilean tenor sax master Mr. Claude Werner. His quartet features some of the big hitters on the scene. The superb drummer David Carnegie, the superb double bassist Laurence Blackadder and yes, the superb new guitarist on the block, Lloyd Wright. The combo plays Werner’s compositions. The material ranges across Rollins to Coltrane to Werner. Contemporary certainly – Kids, Chant and Good Old Days - but somehow Werner does it all with an old school swagger. Ideas flowed and flowed some more. Quite exhilarating. Quite brilliant.
The second heavyweight contest followed on from Werner’s set.
ACV, they came, they conquered. Andy Champion (double bass), Adrian Tilbrook (drums), Paul Edis (keyboards), Graeme Wilson (tenor saxophone) & Mark Williams (guitar) are ACV. Fail in Wood (the title track from the debut album), New Peculiar, Never Ever, And You Do were all given a workout. Dark, portentious, loud, then louder. Champion, trance-like, directs, works like a Trojan and works the boys in the band like dogs. They seem to like it. The money must be good. No, the music is good, damn good. To top it all Noel Dennis got up to blow down the walls of the Georgian on Without Bones. This will live long in the memory.
Time for a breather and a pint of Theakstons.
Time for Alter Ego. What a great band. The project is to explore the lesser known tunes of the Blue Note/bop era. Keith Robinson (alto saxophone), Niall Armstrong (tenor saxophone), Dave Hignett (trumpet), Andy Hawking (keyboards), David Francis (drums) & Andy Champion (double bass) set about it with relish. Solos all round with Bobby Watson’s tunes at the heart of a very good performance.
Nine hours later…the final band took to the stage. Funk Regulators once more had the honour of closing the festival. A big hit last year, this year proved to be no different. Soul. Soul With a Capital S is what we got. Great rhythm section, brass and reeds. Lucy took the vocals, don’t ask her What is Hip? And Dan on alto sax new the score, All ‘n All this was a fitting finale to a great day in Stockton.
Thanks to Adrian Tilbrook of Jazz Action for making the whole thing happen. Stockton August 2011 can’t come soon enough.
Russell

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