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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.

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.

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

Postage

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Fri 27: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm. SOLDOUT!
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Hip Hop Hooray @ Bar 52, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Fri 27: John Dikeman, Pat Thomas, John Edwards, Steve Noble @ Lit & Phil. 7:30pm. £10.00.
Fri 27: Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £10.00. on the door. A Swung Eight event.
Fri 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Ragtime & stride piano. 8:00pm.

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Splinter @ The Bridge Jam Session

Alan Law (pno); John Pope (bs); Jonathan Myatt (dms) + a cast of thousands.
(Review by Lance)
I remember some years ago at a musical instrument trade fair in London enjoying listening to an afternoon jam session. It was pleasant enough until a black guy sat in on drums. He was some drummer. "Somebody said, "He's playing with Dizzy at Ronnie's." I replied "Sorry mate but Dizzy's drummer is so and so and he's a white guy." My acquaintance replied "He's not Dizzy's drummer - he's the bass player!"
We had a similar situation tonight when Andy Champion sat behind the kit for Mr PC. - Andy may be ace on bass but he's also pretty fit on kit!
Possibly the best number of the night It could have been re-named Mr PG after Paul Gowland's opening blast. Mark Williams was in there pitching and a few others wandered in an out.
The evening began with Bradley Johnston augmenting the Alan Law Trio with There Will Never be Another You. Bradley kicked ass on this one as did Alan Laws Anthropology reminded us that this was Peter Gilligan's "signature dish" and they did the now London based pianist proud.
Chris Finch took over the piano stool for It Could Happen to You enlivened by a vocal from Dave Weisser.
Next up flautist Sylvia for an impressive bossa, Bassist Graham had a knock on a blues before Sylvia was joined by Dave Weisser (see photo by Mike Jamieson) and John Rowland (tenor) for Mose Allison's I Love the Life I Live.
A lady whose name I didn't catch sang Ain't Misbehavin' then the girl who stopped the show at the last jam, Julija Jaicenaite sang a couple including a mind blowing All of Me that had most of the jammers jamming along including Sarah Travena on soprano and Jeff Armstrong on drums.
Dave returned for Senor Blues blowing flugel alongside Sarah and John Rowland.
Lindsay Hannon sang God Bless the Child adding a touch of Sunday reverence to the proceedings.
It had been an excellent service and the congregation showed their appreciation.
Special mention for the house trio of Alan Laws, John Pope and Jonathan Myatt who were simply magnificent handling whatever came up.
Photos
Lance.

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