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Bebop Spoken There

Jack Teagarden: "I never did like anything Ellington ever did. He never had a band all in tune, always had a bad tone quality and bad blend" - Metronome, April 1947.

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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.

Postage

13,490 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 908 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (July 23).

From This Moment On

Fri 23: Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord @ Gala Theatre & Cinema, Durham. 1:00pm. Tickets: £6.00. + £2.00. bf. Tel: 03000 266 600.

Fri 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.

Fri 23: Helen Anahita Wilson & Shahbaz Hussain @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. SOLD OUT!

Fri 23 - Sun 25: The Globe Summer Festival @ The Globe, Newcastle. Multi-genre bill (jazz inc. Tenement Jazz Band, Nishla Smith). Various ticket options (live stream option available) see: www.jazz.coop.

Sat 24: Youth Ensembles present St Cuthbert Suite @ Sage Gateshead. 7:30pm. Composer Paul Edis conducts Folkestra, Jambone, Quay Voices & Young Sinfonia in a new arrangement of his St Cuthbert Suite. AVAILABLE ONLY AS A PRE-RECORDED STREAM ON YOUTUBE AT 7:30PM.

Sat 24: Simon O'Byrne & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 25: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 25: Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl Hotel, Newcastle. 3:30pm.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Penguin Café & Portico Quartet @ The Sage

Penguin Café: Arthur Jeffes (pno/uke/harmonium); Des Murphy (uke); Andy Waterworth (bs); Rebecca Waterworth (cello); Darren Berry (vln); Vince Greene (vla); Neil Codling (pno/uke/cuatro/gtr); Tom Chichester-Clark (harm/uke); Cass Browne, Pete Radcliffe (perc.) + Kathyrn Tickell (vln/North. pipes).
Penguin Cafe are quite an amazing band - impossible to categorise but a lot of fun. It is folk but from very divers sources - Irish, Scottish even Nashville. Throw a suggestion of Hawaiian into the mix, add a touch of czardas and you've just about got it.
Okay so it ain't jazz but it is scintillating and very infectious music played by a talented crew. And as if that weren't enough we had the icing on the cake in the form of Kathryn Tickell who joined Berry and Greene for a frantic number called Swinging The Cat! The two fiddles and viola swung this cat way beyond RSPCA guidelines.
Kathryn stayed with it and later played her beloved Northumbrian Pipes on a delightful piece - Organa. This had some lovely changes.
Most of the tunes were written by Arthur Jeffes' father Simon and his son did him proud.
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Portico Quartet: Duncan Bellamy (dms/elect); Jack Wyllie (ten/sax/elect/pno); Milo Fitzpatrick (bs/elect); Nick Mulvey (hang drums).
The Portico Quartet opened the concert with a doom laden set from the darker side of jazz. Intense, brooding, probing it had a sinister beauty to it that occasionally erupted into moments of freneticism. Saxist Wyllie played tenor and curved soprano. His tone light - almost Getzian - until the tension mounted whereupon he unleashed a ferocity that took him to the edge of sanity. Beneath it all various electronic loops that I won't attempt to explain circulated around them adding to the esoteric nature of the music.
Lance.

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