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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

15080 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 99 of them this year alone and, so far, 99 this month (Jan. 30).

From This Moment On ...

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewwitt (alto sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Dilutey Juice @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Smoove & Turrell @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £25.00.
Fri 03: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibiton Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blind Pig Blues Club.

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.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Jazz North East Update

8.00PM FRIDAY 8TH FEBRUARY
ALISTER SPENCE QUARTET + WATTS & WESTON
Raymond MacDonald (saxes); Alister Spence (piano); Joe Williamson (bass); Chris Cantillo (drums) //
Trevor Watts (alto & soprano saxes); Veryan Weston (piano)
Alister Spence from Australia and his Scots/Canadian/Swedish ensemble were the first band we ever promoted at the Lit and Phil and, much to our delighted amazement, we achieved a virtual full house. 
The Watts and Weston duo, on the other hand, will be first time visitors to Newcastle. Which is surprising considering the length of time these two veterans of the British and international free improvisation scenes have been active. They deliver a style of improv which combines lyricism with a deep interest in African rhythms.
8.00PM WEDNESDAY 13TH FEBRUARY
ROBERT MITCHELL + COREY MWAMBA
Robert Mitchell (piano) // Corey Mwamba (vibes)
A very welcome return to the region for two superbly creative musicians who will perform first solo, before coming together at the end of the evening as a duo.
Robert Mitchell's jazz pedigree is well established through work with Courtney Pine's seminal 90s black big band, Jazz Warriors,  his own longstanding trio and sextet, Panacea, and a more recently established duo with the Cuban violinist, Omar Puente.  This tour, mounted to promote his new album The Glimpse and culminating in his own Leftitude Festival in London, presents Robert as a solo performer but a soloist with the surprising difference that all the pieces performed are for only the left hand.
Robert's classical training made him aware of the two century tradition of left handed piano in classical music. What surprised him was to find that a number of major jazz artists - Bill Evans, Art Tatum and Phineas Newborn Jnr among them -  had also performed and recorded left handed. 
Corey Mwamba performs with both hands, with a great sense of humour and with highly developed communication skills which have enabled him to win over doubters through his accessible approach to free improvisation. A regular visitor to Tyneside since 2010 with bands including the Alexander Hawkins Ensemble and most recently in the Jazz North East - curated Anglo French quartet, Sonsale, Corey combines his activities as an improviser with composition, for which he often draws on historic themes. 
Examples are 'Orrery' inspired by the 1776 Joseph Wright of Derby painting 'A Philosopher Lecturing on an Orrery' and commissioned in 2012 by Derby Jazz, and 'Heralds,' partly researched at the Lit and Phil Library in Newcastle. The former piece was performed by his trio with soloists of the stature of Jan Kopinski (back in Newcastle with Mustard Pie in March), Tony Kofi and Julian Siegal.
There are major articles on both artists in the current issue of Jazz UK, available to read online via the Jazz Services website at www.jazzservices.org.uk
Please note the venue's lack of accessibility for users of wheelchairs.
NEWCASTLE LIT & PHIL, 23 WESTGATE ROAD, NEWCASTLE NE1 1SE
Tickets £10.00 & £8.00 concessions (seniors, claimants & young people) can be reserved in advance at the venue (Tel. 0191 232). Available on the door from 7.30pm. We regret to say that the venue is not fully accessible to users of wheelchairs.

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