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Farewell Blues

R.I.P. HRH Queen Elizabeth ll (1926 - Sept. 8, 2022).
R.I.P. Trevor Tomkins (1941 - Sept. 9, 2022).
R.I.P. Gordon McGregor (Sept. 11, 2022).
R.I.P. Ramsey Lewis (1935 - Sept. 12, 2022).
R.I.P. Pharoah Sanders (Oct. 13, 1940 - Sept. 24, 2022).

Bebop Spoken There

Larry Klein: "- in a certain way - Leonard [Cohen] is the greatest songwriter ever." - (Jazzwise October 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

14581 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 859 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Sept. 21).

From This Moment On ...

September

Sun 25: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 25: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. CANCELLED!
Sun 25: Skylla + Pete Wareham-Ruth Goller-Will Glaser @ Bobik’s, Punch Bowl, Jesmond, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 26: Lewis Watson Quartet @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Tue 27: Beth Clarke @ British Legion Club, West Jesmond, Newcastle. 1:00-4:00pm. Free.
Tue 27: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).
Tue 27: Black is the Color of My Voice @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. One woman stage play (the life & times of Nina Simone).

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 28: Battle of the Bands @ NE Volume Music Bar, Yarm Lane, Stockton. Doors 6:00pm. Tickets: £5.00. adv., £6.00. on the door. Participants inc. Milne Glendinning Band.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 28: Black is the Color of My Voice @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. One woman stage play (the life & times of Nina Simone).
Wed 28: Laura Jurd @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 29: Ushaw Ensemble @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 1:10pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 29: Czajka & Puchaz + Mark Solborg + Anthropology @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Thu 29: ‘58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: La Sonora Boreal’s Latin Jam Session @ The Globe, Newcastle (7:45pm). Free (donations). Latin jazz performance & jam session.
Thu 29: Peter Morgan Trio @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 30: Adam Johnson @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 30: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 30: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 30: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 30: Pete Churchill & Noel Dennis: Exploring the Jazz Metaphor in Leadership & Management @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 2:30-4:00pm. Workshop.Tickets: £3.30 (inc. bf). A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 30: FILM: Bird (Dir. Clint Eastwood) + Swing Bridge (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 6:30pm.
Fri 30: Orphy Robinson + Maniscalco-Bigoni-Solborg + Nicole Mitchell + Binker Golding-Alexander Hawkins-John Pope-Paul Hession @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle (7:00pm). A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 30: Ushaw Ensemble @ St Mary’s Church, Holy Island. 7:30pm.
Fri 30: Alter Ego @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Fri 30: King Bee @ The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Independent, Sunderland. 9:00pm. £22.50. DJs + King Bee.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Customs House Big Band @ The Customs House, South Shields. March 16, 2013.

Peter Morgan (md/bs tmb); Paul Riley-Gledhill, Mick Hill, Ken DeVere, Gordon Marshall (tpts); Don Fairley, Chris Kurgi-Smith, Michael Fletcher (tmbs); Jill Brett, Kim Webb, Alan Marshall, Amber Reeve, Chris Kaberry (reeds); Bill Brittain (pno); Roy Willis (gtr); Alan Smith (bs gtr); Barry Black (dms); Ruth Lambert (vcl).
(Review by Lance.)
The CHBB's annual back to base concert once more displayed the accuracy and precision of this well drilled unit.
Buddy Rich's Love For Sale kicked things off. Although this arrangement is to big bands what Summertime is to, I quote, "The congested field of jazz singers", it nevertheless is always a crowd pleaser with good solos from Brett, Alan Marshall and Hill. Needless to say the drum breaks by Tyneside percussion legend Barry Black were spot on. The trombones were showcased on Witchcraft and alto saxist Jill also cast a spell or two - as she did throughout the evening.
Chris Kaberry baritonised Duke's Prelude to a Kiss before Ruth appeared for her first spot of the evening.
It really was S'wonderful as was Teach Me Tonight.
More instrumentals. Jim Martin's arrangement of Sweet Georgia Brown is what, in the old days would have been referred to as a Killer Diller! - It remains an apt description! Alan Marshall and Don Fairley sharing the kudos.
A dreamy Moonlight in Vermont featured Alan Marshall - cool as a west coast cucumber. I'd love to hear him in a quartet session sometime.
Ruthtime once more and Sway took us into Latin America and had the audience swaying in their seats.
Time After Time - such a great tune and so well delivered.
The set finished with Just Friends, Satin Doll and Take The A Train - a very different A Train!
Set Two and the band set to it with Basie's Straight Ahead. Way You Look Tonight, But Beautiful (Jill), Mambo Italiano (Ruth), Black Coffee (Ruth), Spirit of St. Frederick, Georgia on my Mind, I Get a Kick Out of You (Ruth), Cheek to Cheek (Ruth), C Jam Blues (nearly everyone), Sing Sang Song (Black), Mack The Knife (Ruth) made for another well-balanced program.
It was farewell to lead trumpet Paul Riley-Gledhill who is on a "Mission to Moscow" and also Elaine Francis is no longer in the saxes although it was good to see Amber Reeve and Kim Webb in the section.
MD Morgan frequently reminded us, it was a fun evening but, there were moments of poignancy at the end when Peter spoke of the late Vince Bovill who, apart from being a first class musician himself (Vic Lewis, Oscar Rabin, Eric Delaney), was also a great supporter of the band.
Lance.

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