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Bebop Spoken There

Kenny Barron: "During the pandemic I got to do a lot more cooking. As long as you can read you can cook." - (DownBeat December, 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

14845 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1094 of them this year alone and, so far, 93 this month (Nov. 30).

From This Moment On ...

November

December
Thu 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 01: New York Jazz Night feat. Zoë Gilby @ The Keys, Yarm. 7:00pm. £30.00. (inc. meal). Tickets from Skiddle. Gilby w. Noel Dennis, Mark Williams & Andy Champion.
Thu 01: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting w. Bloodsong @ the Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. (donations welcome).
Thu 01: Bold Big Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Cluny 2.
Thu 01: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm. Paul Skerritt & James Harrison residency.
Thu 01: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 02: Swing Manouche @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 02: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 02: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 02: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 02: Helen Walker (French horn/trumpet) & Caroline Guirr (piano) @ St. Andrew's Church, Corbridge. 2:00pm. Duo concert by two members of 'The Wild Women of Wylam'. Part of the annual Christmas Tree Festival.
Fri 02: Durham University Big Band + Durham University Jazz Orchestra @ Kingsgate Bar, Durham Students' Union, Dunelm House, Durham. 7:00pm. £3.00. & £2.50. Fundraiser for Coppafeel.
Fri 02: Niffi Osiyemi Trio @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm.
Fri 02: Alligator Gumbo @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm. Xmas party.
Fri 02: Struggle Buggy's Almost Xmas Party @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sat 03: Jake Leg Jug Band @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 03: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Liane Carroll. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 03: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sat 03: Remi Harris & Tom Moore @ Amble Parish Hall, Northumberland. 7:30pm.
Sat 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. Xmas party.
Sat 03: Ray Johnson, Richard Herdman & Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Sun 04: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 04: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 04: Remi Harris & Tom Moore @ Bowes & Gilmonby Parish Hall, Co. Durham. 7:30pm.
Sun 04: Liane Carroll @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. adv., £12.00. door.
Sun 04: Let Spin + Ceitidh Mac @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Mon 05: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 05: Sia Ahmad & Raymond MacDonald @ Blank Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Tickets: £5.00. from www.seetickets.com. Live recording session - note no late admissions. BYOB.

Tue 06: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (table reservations 0191 386 5556). Feat. Johnny Murphy (keyboards).

Wed 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 07: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 12 noon-3:00pm.Free. New!
Wed 07: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 07: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 07: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Darlington Jazz Festival @ The Forum. Day 2 April 21, 2013.

(Review by Russell).
Day two of the second Darlington Jazz Festival dawned early for some (9.15.am) with  registrations being taken for a workshop at ten o’clock Trumpeter Matt Roberts led the session. An early afternoon public performance featured so many participants they could just about squeeze onto the stage in the main hall. The students spanned the generations   (reeds, trombones, trumpets and a lively rhythm section). The inspirational Roberts did a remarkable job in knocking into shape a disparate group of keen jazzers in no time at all. Two pieces  - Sonny Moon for Two and Now’s the Time - gave everyone the opportunity to take the spotlight; some taking as little as two bars or for those at a more advanced level a well-crafted solo. Each and every contribution mattered and for them to give it a go in front of an audience was to their credit. The audience certainly let them know they were appreciated. What a great start to the day!
Lickety Split, Tyneside’s ace exponents of all things West Coast, presented a polished set of classic numbers. Bag’s Groove, Squeasy Magee, a tip-of-the-hat to Clifford Brown with Kevin Eland (trumpet/flugel) a joy to listen to (Blues March and Joyspring), 88 Basie Street, So What and Four made for a great set. Trombonist Eddie Bellis has put together a fine combo with Eland, Richie Emmerson (tenor) depping for Alan Marshall, Roy Willis (guitar), Bill Brittain (keyboards), Alan Rudd (electric bass) and drummer Paul Wight all committed to the music the bandleader loves to play. The all-too-short set concluded with Cedar Walton’s Bolivia. Any jazz club looking to book a West Coast/Basie/50’s Miles outfit need look no further.
The one session scheduled for the bar/café area on day two of the festival didn’t happen due to Dougie Pugh being indisposed. More of that later. In the main hall South Shields’ finest - the Customs House Big Band - did a sound check as the room filled to capacity eager to hear more big band sounds. Led by Peter Morgan (bass trombone), the band roared into action with Love for Sale. All sections fired first time.. Altoist Jill Brett, first-call tenor dep Richie Emmerson, trumpeter Michael Lamb and drummer Paul Wight, fresh from his stint with Lickety Slpit (quality brush work with LS), booted it along. Just Friends, But Beautiful (Brett featured) and Fever worked all sections with MD Morgan seemingly content as he took his place in the ranks.
The imperious Ruth Lambert joined the band to sing a few numbers - Teach Me Tonight and Cheek to Cheek were but two of the highlights. The latter had it all; great arrangement, sensitive brush work from Wight, a concise contribution from guitarist Roy Willis, muted trumpet from Lamb and tasteful trombone courtesy of Chris Kurji-Smith. And of course, Ms Lambert.
Sing Sang Sung guaranteed the band left the stage with it all Sing Sang Sung. Job done. That was that. Festival finished for another year. Well, sort of…the regular Sunday night Jazz Club session at the Forum followed acting as an unofficial, extended encore to the main event. Two young bands and a senior outfit crammed in a lot of music over three hours. The Little Big Band acts as a feeder band to the Durham County Youth Band. Young, developing musicians, they gained invaluable experience and no little confidence, playing to a packed room with siblings, parents, grand parents and friends present to give vociferous support to all on stage. All were stars as they got stuck into their programme which included Stompin’ at the Savoy, Splanky and Watermelon Man. The senior band - Darlington Big Band – has been around the block a few times. Led by Richie Emmerson, they know their stuff and draw inspiration (and some charts!) from the likes of arrangers and composers Bill Holman, Stan Kenton and Lennie Niehaus. Fascinatin’ Rhythm, Wave (feat. trombonist Dave Brocklesby), Meaning of the Blues (a trumpet feature for Bob Temple), Norwegian Wood (Brocklesby and altoist Andy Bennett in the spotlight), Pegasus and After You’ve Gone were performed with love and care. The band gets together infrequently so, the next time they perform make the effort to catch them. The day drew to a close with the stars of tomorrow. Reckless Brass formed in 2012. The band members did a workshop with the Soul Rebels (on a visit from America) and were so inspired they formed their own band! New Orleans street brass funk just about sums them up. A high energy performance (much mopping of brows) from the brass - reeds - keys - guitar - percussion ensemble had them dancing in the isles! 5-0-4-0, Sir Duke, The Chicken, Day Tripper (yeah!), Spain (Matt Roberts joined the party for this one) and the Soul Rebels’ We Got That Fire made for a fitting finale to a fantastic weekend. To return to the session that never was. The non appearance of local legend Dougie Pugh meant there was a vacant spot to be filled. A few heads got together and a rhythm section assembled in the bar. Not just any rhythm section mind you, this was the Jazz Tones’ rhythm section - Steve McGarvie (keyboards), Amy Baker (bass) and Stephen Fletcher (drums) and they were joined, variously, by a frontline made in Jazz Heaven. Johnny Dunn (trumpet/flugelhorn), Matt Roberts (trumpet), Chris Hibbard (trombone) and Alex Baker (tenor). As is often the way in the bar at a festival the punters don’t necessarily give the music and the musicians their full attention. On this occasion by the end of the first number everyone was listening. The impromptu set list - A Night in Tunisia, Watermelon Man, Stella by Starlight (Dunn on flugel) and Blue Monk just some of the tunes - gives an indication of the sort of session this was, but only an indication. This was and is this reviewer’s Gig of the Year. Bravura frontline playing had old hands listening intently, then cheering, then listening. What a session! The best playing heard in many a year, anywhere. To think the set wasn’t a scheduled event. Brilliant, simply brilliant. Darlington Jazz Festival is the friendly jazz festival. Shaune Eland and co (so many of them, they know who they are) put on a great show. Darlington Jazz Festival 2014 can’t come soon enough.
Russell.                                                          

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