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Bebop Spoken There

Kasia Delgado: "The naughtiest thing that I did at school was bunk off a maths lesson to practice my saxophone for a jazz band." - (i newspaper October 21, 2021)

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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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13,837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1254 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 23).

From This Moment On ...

October

Mon 25: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 26: Classic Swing @ Ship inn, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the band’s weekly residency will be fortnightly until further notice.
Tue 26: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the Black Swan’s fortnightly jam session.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Budtones @ The Bridge

Fiona Littlewood (ten/vcl); Stuart Findon (ten); Harley Johnson (pno); Jim Crinson (bs); Tim Mills (gtr); Eric Stutt (dms).
The latest Splinter offering saw two tenors blazing into The Message was this the new New Couriers? I could have been excused for thinking so because the sound was very much reminiscent of Tubbs and Ronnie's band of yore. No this was Budtones the band spawned from the late Budvivar.
After The Message I'd have happily settled for an evening of instrumentals however, Fiona isn't just an attractive tenor player but also an emerging singer who sounds better by the minute and the rest of the evening was mainly vocal based although not without an abundance of solos.
Stuart Findon is one of the best tenor players around with a bold, robust sound that contrasts nicely with Fiona's more gentile approach. Good to hear Harley "Thelonious" Johnson once more - I guess he's been in the woodshed honing his skills. Tim Mills, on guitar, had some fine solos - most notably on Secret Love - whilst The rhythm section gave a lesson in dynamics on the same tune.
A program of originals and standards that included a torchy vocal on You Don't Know What Love is, an unusual take on My Funny Valentine, Stella by Starlight, a rocking Stu's Blues and Notology. The latter tune so titled because it wasn't a bebop riff if that makes sense!
Enjoyable.
Lance.


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