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'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.

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13,367 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 785 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (June 16).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Sat 19: Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Sun 20: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 20: Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: www.jazz.coop. SOLD OUT. Livestream available from £7.50.

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Thu 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside 1:00pm).

Thu 24: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 25: Hot Club du Nord @ St Mary's Parish Hall, Barnard Castle. 7:00pm. Tickets: £15.00. + bf. A Barnard Castle Rotary Club event.

Fri 25: Archipelago + Faith Brackenbury @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. & £8.00. Echoes to the Sky album launch. A GCT Jazz Club-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Fri 25 Alter Ego @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington (8:00pm). POSTPONED!

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

GIJF Day 3: Alexander Hawkins & Louis Moholo-Moholo + Bonga, Mwamba & Champion

(Review by Russell)
The closing concert of the 2013 Gateshead International Jazz Festival brought together two generations of improvising musicians. From Oxford, pianist Alexander Hawkins and from South Africa, drummer and elder statesman of the music Louis Moholo-Moholo
An opening support set featured three friends. Gateshead’s Andy Champion (double bass), Corey Mwamba (vibes) and Ntshuks Bonga (alto & soprano saxophones) first met and played together as a trio at the Bridge Hotel in Newcastle. To see them on stage together at an established international festival confirmed their individual and collective rising star status. Three improvised pieces developed from the stillness. Mwamba breathed life into his instrument, Champion’s fragile gossamer figures awaited their fate - a fate determined by Bonga’s penetrating alto. Mwamba’s vibes erupted in fury, bass responded, bow drawn then still once more. Louis Moholo-Moholo, virtuoso musician and hero of the Anti Apartheid struggle, met up with Alex Hawkins a few years ago and they have developed a lasting creative partnership. The South African is the senior partner in the relationship. The relentless drive from the traps invigorated Hawkins’ brilliant performance at the Steinway. Shouts of encouragement and audible expressions of joyful release from the drum master added to the drama of it all. The duo maintained eye contact for long periods, immersed in their music-making. A spontaneous, abrupt end came with Moholo-Moholo declaring he had said everything he wanted to say. Then a change of heart. He wanted to play on. They played on. A legendary figure of the music on the banks of the Tyne. Who would have thought it? Thanks Louis, thanks Alex. A gig to remember.       
Russell.                

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