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Bebop Spoken There

Maurice J. Summerfield: "Over dinner one night Barney [Kessel] told me about his seminar The Effective Guitarist, and in 1972 my company presented the first of twelve annual UK seminars in Newcastle upon Tyne." - (Just Jazz Guitar, September 1997)

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!"

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15087 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 106 of them this year alone and, so far, 4 this month (Feb. 1).

From This Moment On ...

February

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Rivkala @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sun 05: Jive Aces @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 05: Dale Storr @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 05: Jam No.13 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students alike).

Mon 06: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 07: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums). Jam session reverts to a first & third Tuesday in the month schedule.

Wed 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 08: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Free. TBC.
Wed 08: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 08: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 08: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 09: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 4:00pm (this week only). Free.
Thu 09: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00.
Thu 09: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 10: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 10: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller's Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00.

Friday, December 06, 2013

Rendezvous Jazz @ St Joseph’s, Birtley. December 5

Maureen Hall (vocals), Alan Smith (trumpet & flugelhorn), Don Fairley (trombone), Bill Brittain (keyboards), John Robinson (double bass) & George Davidson (drums & vocals)
(Review by Russell).
The first Arctic blast of winter, hailstones, snow flurries, the shortest day approaching. The long running Birtley Jazz Club opened its doors once again for the first Thursday in the month gathering of New Orleans/Dixieland fans. The CMS Club on Birtley Lane can count on the hardy few and they always turn out to hear Maureen Hall and Rendezvous Jazz.
Rosetta breathed life in to valves, tweaked bass strings and hamstrings. If the joint wasn’t exactly jumpin’ it got the joints moving. A couple of A-list deps – Don Fairley (trombone) and pianist Bill Brittain – answered the call, enabling Hall to keep the show on the road. Stalwart drummer George Davidson shared vocal duties with his bandleader. You Always Hurt the One You Love a highlight from Davidson. Hall provided highlight upon highlight – Dream, Nobody’s Sweetheart, Big Butter and Egg Man.
The band’s frontline knocked out classy solos. Seated on a highchair, trombonist Fairley, long since one of the north east’s finest, seemed to know all of the tunes – I guess he does. His every contribution hit the mark and the lean, towering figure of trumpeter Alan Smith alongside clearly enjoyed the pairing. Open, muted horn, occasional flugel, Smith led the line in style. Bill Brittain has been around the block a few times, Hall surely counts herself lucky to be able to call upon such a fine pianist. Wabash Blues and Canal Street Blues caught the ear, the latter number studded with excellent solos from Smith, Fairley and Brittain ably supported by the boys in the engine room (Davidson and the laconic John Robinson, double bass). Someday You’ll Be Sorry said Hall before she went looking for Bill Bailey.
You can find Maureen Hall and the boys at the Sandpiper in Cullercoats on Saturday (Dec 7, 8:30 pm) and if you can’t wait that long get along to the Black Horse in Monkseaton at one o’clock today (Friday). If you want a seat get there early, the session is doing great business.           
Russell. 

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