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Bebop Spoken There

Maurice J. Summerfield: "Over dinner one night Barney [Kessel] told me about his seminar The Effective Guitarist, and in 1972 my company presented the first of twelve annual UK seminars in Newcastle upon Tyne." - (Just Jazz Guitar, September 1997)

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

15087 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 106 of them this year alone and, so far, 4 this month (Feb. 1).

From This Moment On ...

February

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Rivkala @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sun 05: Jive Aces @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 05: Dale Storr @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 05: Jam No.13 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students alike).

Mon 06: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 07: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums). Jam session reverts to a first & third Tuesday in the month schedule.

Wed 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 08: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Free. TBC.
Wed 08: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 08: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 08: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 09: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 09: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00.
Thu 09: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 10: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 10: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller's Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Scarborough Jazz Festival September 30 - Evening

Sector 7.
Sarah Ellen Hughes, Emma Smith, Billy Boothroyd, Paddy Clarke (vcl); George Moore (pno); Tim Thornton (bs); Chris Draper (dms)..
Well seen that Mike Gordon is a working jazz musician. He can program a festival like he would play a jazz solo. Grab your attention in the opening bars then allow the tension to build until you hit the final chorus and go for the jugular. That's how it worked this year anyway.
With Sector 7 you have two well-known girl singers and two not so well-known, but equally capable, guys, a swinging rhythm section and then pow!
The four singers actually opened up sans rhythm section for an a capella version of My Favourite Things. Rich harmonies and interesting interwoven lines. Stevie Wonder's Superwoman had some outstanding contributions from the two guys whilst Sarah impressed on Be Still My Heart. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child had more harmonic gravity. But Not For Me dug deep and came up LHR. Spain and Centrepiece rounded things off after a set that was even more remarkable when you discover that this was the first time this particular lineup had appeared together!
Catch them again at The Sage, Gateshead for the final date of their tour (this was the first one.)
Lance.
Jim Birkett Trio + Alan Barnes (alt), Konrad  Wiszniewski (ten).
Have You Met Miss Jones? In the words of a Benny Carter composition - this was a Doozy (see next set) in other words, possibly the best number of the whole weekend with the Jim Birkett Trio. The two sax players blew their socks off and Jim was up there with them not at all daunted by having to follow Jim Mullen.
Alan Barnes is a household name in the jazz world and so would Konrad be if anyone outside of Poland could pronounce his surname!
Alan Barnes with Ken Mathieson: Music of Benny Carter.
Ken Mathieson (dms/arr); Alan Barnes, Dick Lee, Martin Foster, Konrad Wiszniewski, (reeds) Billy Hunter (tpt); Phil O'Malley (tmb); Roy Percy (bs).
(Photo courtesy of Bill Shakespeare.)
And so it came to pass that, as my spirits were flagging - 18 concerts in 3 days + the Birkett sessions, I was suddenly refreshed and realised that this was what it had all been building up to - a tribute to Benny Carter, a name to be placed alongside any jazz hero past and present. The solos - not least from Barnesy in the title role but also from the other guys who all chipped in handsomely. The sax section was mellifluous and wonderful in their phrasing they just gelled together so beautifully. As I said earlier it was a Doozy! (Benny Carter number).
This, the Tenth Scarborough Jazz Festival, was, I would guess, an unqualified success both musically and attendance-wise.
Chapeaux Mike.
Lance.

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