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

Postage

14743 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1362 of them this year alone and, so far, 78 this month (Nov. 24).

From This Moment On ...

November

Fri 26: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 26: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 26: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 26: Hot Club du Nord @ St Cuthbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.CANCELLED!

Sat 27: East Coast Swing Band @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm.
Sat 27: Anth Purdy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. 'Swing Jazz Guitar'.
Sat 27: Heimatdamisch Bavarian Oompah Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 28 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 28: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 28: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 28: Alex Ord & Jude Murphy @ St Edmund's Church, Sedgefield. 3:00pm. Ord (piano), Murphy (bass).
Sun 28: Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 29: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

December

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra @ Newcastle City Hall. Doors: 6:30pm. 1st night.
Wed 01: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00-9:30pm. In the bar.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Tom Ollendorff @ Café Cathedral, Owengate, Durham. 8:00pm. £5.00. A Durham Jazz Soc. event.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £22.00. Xmas lunch. Tel: 0191 691 7090.
Thu 02: Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra @ Newcastle City Hall. Doors: 6:30pm. 2nd night.
Thu 02: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Billingham Catholic Club. 7:30pm. Fundraiser for SVP. Tickets: £5.00. from 07757 062798.
Thu 02: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club, Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 03: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £22.00. Xmas lunch. Tel: 0191 691 7090.
Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Saltburn Community Theatre. 7:30pm.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Very Long Splinter @ The Bridge Hotel. Sunday July 22

(Review by Russell).
Splinter at the Bridge’s season-ending all day festival enticed a good number of folk, some were in it for the long haul - from noon ‘til late - and one keen jazzer made the journey from the west coast (Cumbria not California). The Lindsay Hannon Plus got things under way with a set of tunes drawn from the standard repertoire and beyond including Anais Mitchell’s Old Fashioned Hat and Billy Joel’s Where’s the Orchestra? Hannon’s sensitive interpretation of a lyric and her self-penned lyrics to Joshua Redman’s Wish held the attention. The band - Alan Law (piano), Andy Champion (bass) and Mark Robertson (drums) - went for a lazy saloon bar take on So long, Big Time as Hannon closed a good opening set.
The Hapax Brewery - a new name to this imbiber/reviewer - newly installed on the bar, simply had to be sampled. The pint went down well listening to the top drawer Paul Edis Sextet. A set of all-original material featured a parade of star soloists. Graham Hardy (trumpet), Graeme Wilson (tenor), Chris Hibbard (trombone) and Edis himself turned in a series of immaculate solos on Dorian Gray, Echoes, Sharp 9/8 (drummer Adam Sinclair evoked Joe Morello!), the ballad Missing You and  the set closer Angular, driven by the Edis rhythm section of Sinclair and double bassist Mick Shoulder.
Ex Extreme perform only occasionally. This was one of those all too rare occasions. Versatile pianist Stu Collingwood contributed charts (This ‘n’ That, The Tank), as did other band members – guitarist Mark Williams (Booze Blues), bassist Stuart Davies (Double Bubble) and Northumberland resident American trumpet and flugelhorn star Pete Tanton (Barbados). Drummer Steve Wall adapted to the charts in front of him, ranging from fusion to funk (Double Bubble) to old school swing (The Tank). The musicians in Ex Extreme have paid their dues and they delivered a no nonsense professional set.
The new generation of musicians was represented by Wilbur’s Fate. The band decided to play the gig as a trio due to the unavailability of bassist John Pope. A brave move and it paid off. Front men Jordi Cooke (guitar) and Matt Forster (tenor) rattled off punchy solos during a fast paced set that included Lost at Sea and a new one - Ink What? Drummer Dave Mckeague had the material in the pocket and the future looks bright for these amiable young musicians.
Zoe Gilby and Andy Champion held the attention of the busy room with their voice and double bass set. Classic material – Comes Love, Goodbye Pork Pie Hat and Just Squeeze Me sat along side Money and Tom Waits’ Way Down in the Hole. A class act.
A pint of the familiar was called for - Deuchar’s IPA – as Mark Williams took to the stage to give a guitar master class in the company of bassist Paul Susans and drummer Richard Brown. Williams is a man of few words with a million notes at his finger tips. Somehow he always seems to get them in the right order! Much applause, well deserved.
Jazz North East’s contribution to the Splinter marathon reunited Corey Mwamba (vibes) and Andy Champion (double bass). The percussive pair were joined by alto saxophonist Ntshuks Bonga to play a set of freely improvised pieces. Mwamba immersed himself in the music yet connected with his fellow musicians and audience alike. Champion’s improvising instincts stood him in good stead as his D string broke. The redundant limp thread flapped against the body of the instrument. Undeterred, the bassist made best use of it. He twanged it and scraped it, incorporating the errant string into the performance. Bonga’s alto work commanded the stage. Possessing a big, direct sound the altoist judged the mood of the room and dedicated the performance to the late Lol Coxhill. I look forward to hearing Bonga again in a concert setting free of the inevitable festival distractions.
The very long day concluded with the power trio Legohead. Guitarist Lloyd Wright writes tunes that any budding axe-wielding student would love to play. Fun to play, full of twists and turns, bassist Jon Proud didn’t miss a beat. Traps man David Francis, equally at home in a big band context, kicked seven shades out of the kit. Wright called for a Getaway Driver and the band roared off into the night. A long day. A very good day.
Splinter at the Bridge reconvenes on Sunday 16 September (doors 7:30 pm) with the wonderful Zoe Gilby.
Russell                       

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