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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).
R.I.P. Sue Mingus (April 2, 1930 - Sept. 24, 2022).

Bebop Spoken There

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The Things They Say!

Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

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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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Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

14602 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 880 of them this year alone and, so far, 80 this month (Sept. 26).

From This Moment On ...

September

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. 1:15pm. 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: 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.

October

Sat 01: Dale Storr @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 01: Nicole Mitchell & Alexander Hawkins @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sat 01: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Pete Churchill. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 01: Orphy Robinson (in conversation); Beck Hunters w John Pope & Laura Cole; Daniel Levin; Black Top w Mariam Rezaei @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 6:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sat 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm.
Sat 01: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 9:00-9:45pm. A Great Market Caper multi-bill event. Superb Chicago blues band. Doors: 6:30pm. Tickets: £10.00. + bf.

Sun 02 RUTH LAMBERT TRIO @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 02: Helena Anahita Wilson @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sun 02: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 02: Zoë Gilby Trio w Noel Dennis + John Garner & John Pope + Dilutey Juice @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. £7.00.
Sun 02: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 02: Lindsay Hannon's 'Tom Waits for No Man' @ Three Tanners Bank, North Shields. 6:00pm. Free.
Sun 02: Celebrating the Life & Music of Pharoah Sanders @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £8.00. on the door. Feat. Sue Ferris, Paul Gowland, Tom Atkinson, Jude Murphy, Jeff Armstrong.
Sun 02: Shifa + Bex Burch & Leafcutter John + Farida Amadou @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.

Mon 03: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Quercus: The Sage: Saturday April 27

June Tabor (vocals); Iain Ballamy (tenor sax); Huw Warren (piano)
(Review by Ann Alex).
This was an unusual and enjoyable concert with mixed influences of jazz and folk – I noticed some adherents of both traditions among the audience, and I'd love to see other people’s observations in the comments box below.  The two lower levels of Hall 2 were almost full, the band entered all dressed in black, and Ms Tabor struck up with the folk love song Brigg Fair, beautiful unaccompanied singing in a rich low voice.  It wasn't long before the jazz element entered, in the form of wonderful sax from Iain Ballamy, with his flowing melodies, including those breathy, throaty sounds that saxes do, and also well controlled high notes.  Of Huw Warren on the keys, I simply need to say that he played adventurously with great skill which matched the songs well.
I've been listening to these songs performed traditionally for ages, so it was strange to hear them done with jazz accompaniment, but it’s definitely something I could get used to. There was in fact a rich variety of songs and tunes, including a song about a poachers’ protest movement (very different from jazz themes!) How Insensitive, sung very sensitively and jazz-like (she should do a jazz album); the Shakespearian song Come, Come Away Death in an original arrangement; an exciting original tune Strawberries, with fragmented, staccato sax; and Dylan’s Don't Think Twice to round off the first half.
During the interval a jazz friend told me that she'd actually cried during the sad songs, so I reckon that’s the sign of a good performance.  The first few songs in the second half were well done, but there were a lot of dark songs together and it would have been good to have a jazz standard among them to lighten the atmosphere.  There was a Housman poem from the Shropshire Lad collection set to music and a song about a man shot in Belfast; but later came lighter material in the form of Les Barker (folk poet) words set to music; a lively tune from the musicians called Pig; a beautiful modern version of an old John Dowland tune from Huw called Tears, and Robert Burns Lassie Lie Near Me.  The well-deserved encore was a song with Les Barker Lyrics All I Ask Of You, a sort of love song mantra with superb accompaniment involving lots of tricky key changes, some of them in mid-phrase.  Clever stuff!
Ann Alex 

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

This was a concert full of colour - and that colour was black. From the black stage set, to the group members clothes to the darkness in Hall 2, to the songs of death, despair, disappointment and doom, all was black, Only the white keys on the piano stood out against the darkness.
But as a musical experience it was wonderful - such emotional death, passionate despair, epic disappointment and glorious doom.
June Tabor's unaccompanied opening song seared the darkness and had a timeless quality. It could have been an ageless woman singing to a few friends in the kitchen of a candle-lit cottage somewhere. Tabor was channelling tradition and the effect was stunning. Then the unfolding improvisations of the piano and saxophone adding a rich textural depth.
The selection of songs was diverse and challenging. Jobim's How Insensitive re-configured as a Bergman-like feeling of regret, Don't Think Twice It's Alright as a hopeless bitterness for mistakes made (and many others -see below).

If Beckett plays were ever turned into a musical this is probably what it would be like. No moment wasted or taken too seriously. Perfectly executed tunes, exquisitely chosen chords, notes and syllables, and spaces and silences eloquently located. Every repetition saying something different.
June Tabor told a story of a teenager going into a record shop and picking up a copy of her first album and asking the shop assistant what it was like. 'A bit dark and miserable' was the reply and the boy said with glee 'I'll have it'. The music is still dark but illuminated by flashes of humour, love and acceptance. I'll have it!
JC

PS - Thanks to the BSH reviewer for going through the songs from this gig as, for the first time I can remember at the Sage, the sound wasn't perfect. While I could mostly hear the singing quite well, it was difficult to hear June Tabor's introduction and explanation of the songs (and when you don't know them that's an important part of the whole experience). I kept having to whisper to my accompanist for clarification - 'Cheese-makers? Did she say she was going to sing a song about cheese-makers? 'Shussh, will you!'

Tyne Valley Jazz Man said...

I did wonder if the full black regalia were a contractual obligation with ECM!

The CD is worth a spin (many of the items from the Sage gig are on it). There is an interesting article on Quercus in the April issue of Jazzwise Magazine (http://jazzwisemagazine.com/feature-table-mainmenu-134/12675-quercus-floating-point)

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