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Bebop Spoken There

Maurice J. Summerfield: "Over dinner one night Barney [Kessel] told me about his seminar The Effective Guitarist, and in 1972 my company presented the first of twelve annual UK seminars in Newcastle upon Tyne." - (Just Jazz Guitar, September 1997)

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

15087 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 106 of them this year alone and, so far, 4 this month (Feb. 1).

From This Moment On ...

February

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Rivkala @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sun 05: Jive Aces @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 05: Dale Storr @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 05: Jam No.13 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students alike).

Mon 06: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 07: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums). Jam session reverts to a first & third Tuesday in the month schedule.

Wed 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 08: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Free. TBC.
Wed 08: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 08: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 08: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 09: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 09: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00.
Thu 09: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 10: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 10: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller's Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Zoe Gilby Trio@ The Black Horse, Monkseaton, Saturday 6th Nov

Zoe Gilby, vocals ; Mark Williams, guitar ; Andy Champion, double bass. This gig was the first in an experiment to swell the numbers in the Lounge of this great old pub, and swell them it did in more ways than one, as a lively rent-a-crowd of fans, friends, and family of the Zoe Gilby Trio, along with plenty of enthusiastic locals, responded gleefully to this tastiest of desserts to follow the main course of Zoe's quintet's recent Looking Glass album tour - sweet music indeed!
From the start you could sense this was real fine dining as Zoe opened with Comes Love - the counterpoint between Mark's guitar and Andy's bass so tastily empathetic I was tempted to turn to camera and make the 'peace' sign - "Nice!"
After the effervescent up-tempo medley of I'm Beginning to See the Light/When Lights are Low, we all snuggled down with our milk and cuddly Penguin biscuits as Andy's lovely song for his daughter Ellie, Eleanor, entranced us before its gently flickering flames: "...You're here with me, I can hear your heart beat..." - touching without being overly sentimental.
Zoe's scat singing was right on the ball tonight as, in the Rhumba rhythm of Ellington's Do Nothing til You Hear from Me, her voice dropped right down the register to be more on the bass ball, teasingly countering with Andy - naturally he got lower - sheer delight! If this were a high wire act there'd have been no need for a safety net - each pass, each catch timed to perfection as the three soared and spun through the Big Top of the Black Horse Lounge.
The whole performance was both tight and tirelessly entertaining as band banter spiralled during the song breaks, egged on by Zoe's wonderfully connecting introductions. So is 'tour' pronounced 'Tor' or 'Toowa' - the choice is yours! But one thing's for 'shoowa': the effect of the band's recent 'On the Road' experiences has been to hone them into a very close-knit whole. Not only by way of their spending more time in each other's company, but also by having to perform before a new audience each night; that sense of group reliance and friendship which can bind us all closer together.
Finally, still chewing on that culinary metaphor: I'd like to sum up this performance in the words of Greg Wallace during the recent final of Masterchef, "Mate, I could quite 'appily 'ave cleared the 'ole plate!"
Photos. George M

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