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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!"

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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. 4:00pm (this week only). 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. SOLD OUT!
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.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Sean Noonan’s Bavarian Trio @ The Bridge Hotel. March 19, 2013

Sean Noonan (drums, vocals & kitsch kilt), Norbert Burger (guitar) & Harry Saltzman (tenor saxophone)
(Review by Russell).
Jazz North East invited Brooklyn, NYC drummer Sean Noonan to make another visit to Newcastle, this time in the company of two lederhosen-clad improvisers, to regale us with more of his fantastical tales from the Weird World of Noonan.
The Hub first unleashed their power-trio punk-jazz on an unsuspecting Tyneside public a decade or so ago and Noonan has retained the band’s razor sharp thrash-jazz chops in his latest venture. Noonan went down to the (Bavarian) woods and found to his surprise two like-minded weirdos keen to make a noise, a big noise. And now they are on tour. Noonan is forever on the road, in part to escape the unwelcome advances of a drunkard of a landlady back home (that’s another story and Noonan will, no doubt, tell it again one day), writing and recording new material as he goes.
One senses it is the journey, not the getting there (wherever there is), that motivates Noonan. As Downtown Middleweight Champ, Noonan strode onto stage, head covered by a shimmering, hooded boxing cape, sporting a camouflage-patterned kilt. Is Noonan the Jeff Koons of NYC avant jazz? Kitsch comes easy to him – cape, boxer’s vest, kilt, bunny rabbit ears close at hand, a shrine to King Ludwig. Yes, welcome to the Weird World of Noonan. But can he play? You bet! And what of his new-found friends Burger and Saltzman?
Guitarist Norbert Burger looked positively normal (lederhosen aside!) - straight rather than cool. Being the former made him positively cool. Could he play? And some! Rockabilly, r’n’b, polka, waltz, louche lounge jazz swing, ska, Frisell, Wilko Johnson and more, so much more. Saltzman? He’s in the Weirdo Club…good on him! Big (imagine him chopping firewood in the back woods), bald with big, comedy stick-on beard (it was real!) and lederhosen. Big sound, sight-reading the newer material and as tight as could be. All three were the tightest of tight.
Noonan began with an old favourite – The Legend of John Henry – and followed it with more recent tunes (instant hits!) including The Reincarnation of Several Hammers, Forced Meatballs, Pocket Bones, Na Connery’s and the true story of King Ludwig. Noonan’s compositions allowed for improvised break-out sections incorporating innumerable time signatures, myriad stylistic references, all the while respecting the convention of returning to the head. Frequently hilarious, frequently brilliant, this was a roller-coaster of a show.
Jazz North East’s next concert is a co-promotion with Splinter at the Bridge on Sunday 24 March at the Bridge Hotel featuring Compassionate Dictatorship.
Russell.                                 

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