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Farewell Blues

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Bebop Spoken There

Michael League: "We flew back from Europe, and the second gig we [Snarky Puppy] did was in Arcata, California. There were two people. And one of them was the bartender." - (DownBeat December, 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

14836 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1085 of them this year alone and, so far, 84 this month (Nov.28).

From This Moment On ...

November

Tue 29: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

Wed 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 30: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Wed 30: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 30: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 30: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

December
Thu 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 01: New York Jazz Night feat. Zoë Gilby @ The Keys, Yarm. 7:00pm. £30.00. (inc. meal). Tickets from Skiddle. Gilby w. Noel Dennis, Mark Williams & Andy Champion.
Thu 01: Bold Big Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Cluny 2.
Thu 01: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm. Paul Skerritt & James Harrison residency.
Thu 01: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 02: Swing Manouche @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 02: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 02: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 02: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 02: Helen Walker (French horn/trumpet) & Caroline Guirr (piano) @ St. Andrew's Church, Corbridge. 2:00pm. Duo concert by two members of 'The Wild Women of Wylam'. Part of the annual Christmas Tree Festival.
Fri 02: Durham University Big Band + Durham University Jazz Orchestra @ Kingsgate Bar, Durham Students' Union, Dunelm House, Durham. 7:00pm. £3.00. & £2.50. Fundraiser for Coppafeel.
Fri 02: Niffi Osiyemi Trio @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm.
Fri 02: Alligator Gumbo @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm. Xmas party.
Fri 02: Struggle Buggy's Almost Xmas Party @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sat 03: Jake Leg Jug Band @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 03: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Liane Carroll. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 03: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sat 03: Remi Harris & Tom Moore @ Amble Parish Hall, Northumberland. 7:30pm.
Sat 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. Xmas party.
Sat 03: Ray Johnson, Richard Herdman & Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Sun 04: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 04: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 04: Remi Harris & Tom Moore @ Bowes & Gilmonby Parish Hall, Co. Durham. 7:30pm.
Sun 04: Liane Carroll @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. adv., £12.00. door.
Sun 04: Let Spin + Ceitidh Mac @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Mon 05: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 06: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (table reservations 0191 386 5556). Feat. Johnny Murphy (keyboards).

Sunday, September 02, 2012

New Century Ragtime Orchestra @ The Dolphin Centre, Darlington. September 1


Band leader Dave Kerr, Steve Andrews (tenor saxophone, clarinet & vocals), Gavin Lee (clarinet & tenor saxophone), Alan Marshall (clarinet, alto saxophone & flute), Jim McBriarty (clarinet, alto saxophone & vocals), Graham Hardy (trumpet), Alistair Lord (trumpet), Don Fairley (trombone), Keith Stephen (banjo & guitar), Emma Fisk (violin), Neville Hartley (piano), Phil Rutherford (sousaphone) & Steve Doyle (drums).
(Review by Russell).
Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club has a new home. The closure of Darlington Arts Centre precipitated a move across town to the Dolphin Centre in Horse Market. The Arts Centre was a favourite of many a jazz fan and it remained to be seen how many would  transfer allegiance to the council-run sports centre. A white-walled room, suspended ceiling tiles and windows lacking curtains or blinds made for a functional office setting. High back chairs in rows, one or two tables at the back of the room – one needed somewhere to rest a pint of Guinness – and things were set fair. 
The honour of playing the inaugural gig was bestowed upon the New Century Ragtime Orchestra. Musicians seeking pre-performance lubrication were to be found across the way in the café in a queue with perspiring squash players in need of post-performance lubrication. This was hardly a gin joint – coffees out numbered the hard stuff by a ratio of three to one. 
The penguin-suited mob (violinist Ms Fisk chose to wear a dress) took to the stand on time (professional to the last) for the first of three sets in front of a good turn-out of regulars. The band’s repertoire is drawn from a half century or so of early jazz styles – circa late 1800s to 1930s. The set list balanced rags with small band swing numbers, unearthing along the way some lesser known if not forgotten tunes. Reindeer Rag, Gotta Get a Girl and Chattanooga Stomp set the standard. The latter number featured in the pad for the first time; band leader Dave Kerr clearly delights in finding new material, knocking it into shape, putting it in front of the band and hearing the results of his labours. Vocal numbers were shared between first rate reedsmen Jim McBriarty (Tonight’s My Night with My Baby a highlight) and Steve Andrews (the tongue-twisting Nagasaki a further highlight with some hot tenor and alto thrown in for good measure!). MC Andrews’ insightful introductions and witty asides were in themselves worth the admission money. In introducing the aforementioned Chattanooga Stomp Andrews turned to second trumpet (and first time dep with the band) Alistair Lord to inform him that when the King Oliver Creole Jazz Band recorded the number in the twenties the second trumpet (cornet) was one Louis Armstrong. Andrews said: No pressure then!  Similarly, trumpeter Graham Hardy was teased with this one from Andrews: West End Blues…an iconic number in the history of jazz recorded by the legendary Louis Armstrong. No pressure then!  Much hilarity ensued drawing somewhat nervous smiles from Lord and Hardy. Well, what do you know? Lord and Hardy played knock out trumpet! Later Hardy took on the mantle of Henry Red Allen on Patrol Wagon Blues (arr. McBriarty)….and nailed it! Andrews’ tenor saxophone featured on Some of These Days and in introducing the number he struck a chord with this reviewer. Andrews talked about Coleman Hawkins’ sojourn in Holland during the thirties. The Ramblers, one of Holland’s premier jazz bands of the era invited Hawkins to record a few sides with them. I was familiar with the story having recently purchased a second hand vinyl re-issue on the Jasmine label of  The Hawk in Holland: Coleman Hawkins with the Ramblers. Andrews’ tenor was straight out of the Coleman Hawkins’ school of tenor playing. Excellent stuff! 
The Scott Joplin rag Elite Syncopations illustrated the band’s excellent ensemble work as did the closing number Limehouse Blues (superb tenor from Andrews). 
A review is inevitably selective, omissions an unintended consequence. It would, however, be remiss of me not to mention the virtuoso playing of the string players in the orchestra – violinist Emma Fisk (moonlighting from Djangologie) and Keith Stephen (banjo and guitar). Phil Rutherford’s sousaphone work was exemplary, drummer Steve Doyle played with assurance and last but by no means least, thirty something birthday boy Gavin Lee excelled throughout (as always). 
Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club meets first Saturday in the month (12.30 pm). Next month – October 6th – get along to hear the award winning Edinburgh based Nova Scotia Jazz Band.
Russell.
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