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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

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Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

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16246 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 128 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (Feb. 29).

From This Moment On ...

March

Mon 04: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 05: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Joe Steels, Paul Grainger, Abbie Finn.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 07: Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 07: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. Guests: Mark Toomey (alto sax); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax); Garry Hadfield (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums). 8:30pm.

Fri 08: Noel Dennis Quartet @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle. 1:00pm. £8.00. Noel Dennis (trumpet, flugelhorn); Rick Laughlin (keyboards); Mick Shoulder (double bass); Tim Johnston (drums).
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free. CANCELLED! Back on March 15.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Sat 09: Alex Fawcett Band + Lindsay Hannon Blues Trio @ Sedgefield Parish Hall. 7:00pm. £15.00. A Sedgefield Rock & Blues Club event. Tickets: www.sedgefieldblues.com.
Sat 09: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Cullercoats Watch House. 8:00pm. Donations. A Watch House renovation fundraising concert.
Sat 09: Ray Stubb’s R&B All Stars @ The Peacock, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Free. Gig in the downstairs bar.

Sun 10: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 10: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Salty Dog @ The Lounge, Blyth. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Vintage Explosion @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle.
Sun 10: Fraser Fifield: Secret Path Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 10: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 11: Matthew Forster Quartet @ Yamaha Music School, Seaforth St., Blyth NE24 1AY. 1:00 - 1:45pm. £8.00. + bf.
Mon 11: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 12: Lewis Watson Quartet @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Stuart Davies and New Standard @ Hoochie

Stuart Davies (gtr/vcl); John Waugh (ten); Paul Edis (pno/alt); Liam Fender (keys); Ian Patterson (bs. gtr.); Dave Lourie (dms).
(Review by Lance )
This was an experience! Davies, former bass guitarist with Extreme Measures, has added a couple of extra strings and some words to his CV the result being The New Standard.  Quite a band.
To say tonight's gig began franticly would be like describing WWII as 'a game of soldiers'. This was Jazz/Funk taken to the limit by guys who maybe aren't really jazz funkers at heart - or maybe they are. Whatever, the Herbie Hancock opener - Hang-up your Hang ups set the bench mark. 
First to impress was Waugh on tenor. He was in a Curtis groove - Curtis Amy, King Curtis but maybe not Curtis Stigers! As the evening progressed he set out his stall. Waugh is back at Hoochie tomorrow night with Extra Curricular. Surely worth the mere fiver to get in?
Davies had blasted a repetitive riff to get the thing going but, on Blues Hound he chanted and any Blues Buddy wanting to know the secret could do little better than by starting here.
The set went on in predictable vein - and I don't mean that to sound in anyway derogatory - these guys know what they're doing and, despite being their first gig as a unit, they kicked the shit out of what could have been boring and repetitive.
The jazz, the funk, the rock and soul were great but, at the end of the day the blues, After Hours, got the cigar.
Fender cajoled the keys as if he were playing a Rhodes, a Strat or a Tele - he's got the name for it. This was organ blues to curl your toes. Enter Waugh. his soulful tenor aimed at your heart. He played on your emotions before handing over to Edis for some classic blues piano.
This wasn't 9:30pm on Pilgrim St - it was 3:am in Harlem!
Maybe I've missed a few things out like the tenor drum exchanges on the encore, The Harry Connick Jnr., number - Harry is a big favourite in the city these days - I hope you sent Keith some flowers Hal!
Patters' bass, Louries' drums and the two keyboard players, all part of this wonderful mix. Let's hope they find more gigs because they come close to contradicting Miles Kingston's claim that Jazz/Funk bands are usually more funk than jazz.
Stuart has narrowed the gap.
Lance.

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