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Bebop Spoken There

Raymond Chandler: “ I was walking the floor and listening to Khatchaturian working in a tractor factory. He called it a violin concerto. I called it a loose fan belt and the hell with it ". The Long Goodbye, Penguin 1959.

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!"

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.

Postage

16350 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 230 of them this year alone and, so far, 27 this month (April 11).

From This Moment On ...

April

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 18: NONUNONU @ Elder Beer Café, Chillingham Road, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 18: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm). £8.00. + bf. Support act TBC.
Thu 18: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band night with Just Friends: Ian Bosworth (guitar); Donna Hewitt (sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums).

Fri 19: Cia Tomasso @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. ‘Cia Tomasso sings Billie Holiday’. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Tweed River Jazz Band @ The Radio Rooms, Berwick. 7:00pm (doors). £5.00.
Fri 19: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Levitation Orchestra + Nauta @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £11.00.
Fri 19: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.

Sat 20: Record Store Day…at a store near you!
Sat 20: Bright Street Band @ Washington Arts Centre. 6:30pm. Swing dance taster session (6:30pm) followed by Bright Street Big Band (7:30pm). £12.00.
Sat 20: Michael Woods @ Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Acoustic blues.
Sat 20: Rendezvous Jazz @ St Andrew’s Church, Monkseaton. 7:30pm. £10.00. (inc. a drink on arrival).

Sun 21: Jamie Toms Quartet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 21: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Holy Grale, Durham. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: The Jazz Defenders @ Cluny 2. Doors 6:00pm. £15.00.
Sun 21: Edgar Rubenis @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blues & ragtime guitar.
Sun 21: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 21: Art Themen with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. +bf. JNE. SOLD OUT!

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30-3:30pm. £12.00. ‘St George’s Day Afternoon Tea’. Gig with ‘Lashings of Victoria Sponge Cake, along with sandwiches & scones’.
Tue 23: Jalen Ngonda @ Newcastle University Students’ Union. POSTPONED!

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: Sinatra: Raw @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. Richard Shelton.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Tommy Emmanuel & Martin Taylor @ The Sage. March 8, 2013

(Review by Russell).
The Sage’s principal concert hall (Hall One) seats 1700 patrons. The appearance of guitarists Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor ensured that a good number of those seats were occupied – no mean feat in these straightened times on a cold winter’s night (spring has most definitely not yet sprung). Aussie Emmanuel has toured the world tirelessly for many years, so too Scotland’s Taylor, earning the right to perform at such a prestigious venue as the Sage Gateshead.
Emmanuel spoke of his many visits to the north east’s smaller performance spaces (the intimate Buddle Arts Centre in Wallsend, Sunderland’s equally intimate Ropery down in the docklands of Deptford and in Newcastle the Tyne Theatre before graduating to the famed City Hall) and told how he set his sights on securing a booking at what was then a construction site on the banks of the Tyne from which the Sage Gateshead would rise to dominate the physical and musical landscape.
Our musical journey in Hall One took us from Dick McDonagh and Carl Kress (Cole Porter’s’s Heatwave), Goodman’s Jersey Bounce to a Lennon and McCartney medley. Along the way we stopped off to hear more from Benny Goodman (A Smooth One, a la Charlie Christian), Fats Waller (Honeysuckle Rose), a blues, Secret Love (the imperious Doris Day is alive and kicking!) and others. Emmanuel switched from one beautiful acoustic guitar to another, sitting then standing as the mood took him, all the while demonstrating a mastery of dynamics. The Aussie showed he is no mean tunesmith with two or three crowd pleasers; the ever-popular Angelina and a brace of new ones - Blood Brother and My Travelling Clothes. All this before his show-stopper – Somewhere over the Rainbow.
Martin Taylor, a bona fide jazz guitarist (he is an endorsee of Peerless guitars and one lucky person will be entered into a hat to win the guitar that was in his hands on stage at the Sage should they purchase a copy of his latest CD at one of the gigs on this tour!), wasn’t to be outdone. Taylor’s first few appearances on Tyneside as a young man were back in the day at the Corner House Hotel. It was evident then that he was destined for the jazz stratosphere (Stephane Grappelli came calling) and he has maintained his pre-eminence to this day. Any doubters were silenced with this selection – They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Lullaby of Birdland and a simply brilliant version of I Got Rhythm (Taylor’s  simultaneous improvisation of melody line and bass line was and is the eighth wonder of the world!). A night for students of the guitar. A night for lovers of great music. A great night out at the Sage Gateshead.
Russell.                    

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