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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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13,381 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 799 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (June 20).

From This Moment On

JUNE

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. POSTPONED!

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!

Sat 26: Tyne Valley Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham (3:45pm).

Sun 27: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 27: Noel Dennis Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. Advance booking essential: www.jazzcoop. A Jazz Co-op-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Mark Toomey Quartet @ Jazz Café. January 3

Mark Toomey (alto saxophone), Jeremy McMurray (piano), Peter Ayton (electric bass) & Kevin O’Neill (drums).
(Review by Russell)
The new look Jazz Café in the first week of the new year was always going to be a hard sell. Credit card max out, post festive blues, January is the longest month. Undeterred, the Mark Toomey Quartet made the journey from the Deep South to play a set of Bird-inspired bop, ballads and Toomey originals. The hardy few were treated to a cracking night of top flight jazz. All the Things You Are set the standard and it, the standard, didn’t drop all night.
Altoist Mark Toomey writes material for the quartet and if you didn’t know it, one could be forgiven for thinking the tunes were taken from the GASbook. A case in point being a Latin original – Those Rainy Summer Days. Another – Song For Laura – reinforced the observation. Toomey is fortunate to have an ongoing working relationship with Jeremy McMurray. The pianist excelled when last heard at Blaydon Jazz Club’s Christmas party and he retained his rich vein of form on this gig. McMurray expressed delight on seeing a ‘real piano’ saying: And it has just been tuned. A rare treat indeed! Cole Porter’s What Is This Thing Called Love was taken at a lick, Charlie Parker style. Toomey flew on this one. Talking of Bird…Ornithology. Toomey flew higher still. Bop heaven. One More Try, with a Latin vibe, further illustrated Toomey’s talents as a composer (McMurray in blues mode). Beautiful Love, one of the great tunes, struggled to reach agreement on the right key – much hilarity, they got there! More Bird – My Little Blue Suede Shoes – and a sizzling Love For Sale (six string bassist Peter Ayton and drummer Kevin O’Neill on the money) made this one of those sessions you didn’t want to end. However, all good things...
The band can be heard next Friday (January 10) on home turf (the Deep South of Tessside) at Saltburn Community Hall. The Saltburn regulars always turn up in numbers – they’re in for a treat, an extra special treat as Toomey has got Blaydon Ace guitarist Roly Veitch on the session. 7:30 pm start, get there early or risk being turned away. Bird Lives!  
Russell.          

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