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Farewell Blues

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Bebop Spoken There

Kenny Barron: "During the pandemic I got to do a lot more cooking. As long as you can read you can cook." - (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

14845 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1094 of them this year alone and, so far, 93 this month (Nov. 30).

From This Moment On ...

November

December
Sat 03: Jazz Vocal Weekend Workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 9:30am - 5:00pm. £95.00. Two-day workshop with Liane Carroll. Info at: www.jazz.coop.
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: Steve Glendinning - Rhythm, Timbre, Dynamics. £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.
Mon 05: Sia Ahmad & Raymond MacDonald @ Blank Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Tickets: £5.00. from www.seetickets.com. Live recording session - note no late admissions. BYOB.

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

Wed 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 07: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 12 noon-3:00pm.Free. New!
Wed 07: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 07: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 07: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Last one of the year, resuming Jan 26.
Thu 08: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 08: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm.
Thu 08: Christmas Crooners @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Thu 08: Musicians Unlimited @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. £5.00. on the door.

Fri 09: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £25.00. 'Afternoon Jazz with Festive Lunch'.
Fri 09: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 09: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: Jason Isaacs @ Northern Rugby Club, Gosforth, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £25.00 (inc. two course Xmas meal). Isaacs performing with backing tapes.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Scarborough Jazz festival September 29 - Afternoon

The Give a Little Love Jazz Orchestra 
Paul Baxter (bs/cond); Russ Henderson (alt/sop); Tom Harrison (alt/fl); John McKillip, Stuart MacDonald (ten); James Lancaster, Mark Chandler, Si Nixon, Damien Bell (tpts); Chris Hibbard, Matt Ball, Lee Hallam, Dave Pearce (tmbs.); Paul Smith (dms); Zezo Olimpio (pno); Jamie Taylor (gtr) + guest Alan Barnes (alt).
(Review by Lance.)
Billed as "A Tribute to Horace Silver" this was a rousing big band set that, whilst the relationship to Silver's music may at times have been tenuous - I must confess I'm not familiar with the pianist's work in big band settings so perhaps it wasn't tenuous! However, what it was was a good contemporary big band blowing on Silver tunes and Silver inspired tunes written by leader and bassist Paul Baxter.
The band contained a host of soloists, including the leader, who in the main were given plenty exposure. Alan Barnes sat in on Juicy Lucy. This was interesting as Tom Harrison soloed with Barnesy standing next to him - no pressure!
Indeed Barnes' solo followed immediately on as if to say "I'm the boss"!
It wasn't that straightforward - when the two altos locked horns Harrison acquitted himself admirably.
Too many great moments to single out although Stuart MacDonald played some fine solos - indeed they all did. Incidentally drummer Paul Smith is not the Paul Smith we know and love on Tyneside and Teesside. Nevertheless, a fine drummer worthy of the name!
Lance.
Jim Birkett Trio (As previous with the above Paul Smith on drums)
A quick pop through to the Jazz Lounge to catch Jim and the boys playing Gone With The Wind. Pleased to say that Jim wasn't daunted by having to follow on from Martin Taylor last night.
Matt Wates Sextet.
Matt Wates (alt/stand-up); Steve Main (ten); Martin Shaw (tpt); Leon Greening (pno); Malcolm Creese (bs); Matt Home (dms).
(Photo courtesy of Bill Shakespeare.)
A program of originals by leader Wates who not only blows brilliant alto but tells awful jokes eg: Rupert Bear working on a building site complains somebody's stolen his pick-axe. Foreman says "Yes, today's the day the teddy bears get their pick nicked."
His alto playing, which included an unaccompanied cadenza based on Paganini's Caprice Number 2, made up for the jokes. Tenor player Main also blew good sax without telling jokes and Martin Shaw delivered what we expect him to deliver - cool, lyrical flugel horn and fiery modern trumpet.
Talking about fire - pianist Greening plays with so much passion it's a wonder the Bosendorfer grand didn't burst into flames! His piano playing - one of the festival highlights.
Lance.
Jay Phelps Quartet.
Jay Phelps (tpt); Ross Stanley (pno); Tim Thornton (bs); Moses Boyd (dms).
This was one of the emotional moments - Jay Phelps given the unenviable honour of paying tribute to the late Abram Wilson who was booked to appear but, sadly, died early this year at the age of 38.
Just a Closer Walk With He (sic) was played with feeling and dedication - not an inwardly dry eye in the house.
Phelps played several of his own compositions including Jaywalk which included an outrageous quote from the Toreador Song which, surprisingly went almost unnoticed making me wonder if the age of the quote and the knowing smiled from the audience has passed!
A moving version of Midnight Sun was followed by more Horace Silver and St. Vitus Dance which brought the afternoon to a close. 
A splendid afternoon with Saturday night and Sunday to follow.
More shortly...
Lance

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