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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

Larry Klein: "- in a certain way - Leonard [Cohen] is the greatest songwriter ever." - (Jazzwise October 2022)

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!"

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

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: Julija Jacenaite @ 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: Simon O'Byrne @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Solo guitar & vocals.
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: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
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.

Tue 04: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).
Tue 04: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Dean Stockdale, Paul Grainger, Tim Johnston.
Tue 04: Blue Jazz Quartet w Rivkala @ The Ship Isis, Sunderland. 7:30pm. Free.

Wed 05: Hot Club du Nord @ St Wilfred's Church, Kirkharle, Northumberland. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT! Waiting list open.
Wed 05: Hot Club du Nord @ St Wilfred's Church, Kirkharle, Northumberland. 4:00pm.
Wed 05: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 05: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 05: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 05: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 05: Rat Pack - Swingin' at the Sands @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 06: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 6:30-9:00pm.
Thu 06: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 06: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm. Paul Skerritt & James Harrison residency.
Thu 06: Brass Funkeys + Baghdaddies @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 06: Mo Scott Band @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 06: Lindsay Hannon Trio @ Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm. 'Tom Waits for No Man'. A Harbour View Speakeasy event.
Thu 06: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Garry Hadfield (keys) Bill Watson (trumpet) Josh Bentham (sax) Mark Hawkins (drums) Adrian Beadnell (bass)

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Mark Nightingale and the Al Wood 9 as headline artists for Darlington Jazz Festival 2014 on 26th and 27th April

Darlington Jazz Festival 2014 is excited to be at the start of what promises to be a fantastic, diverse Arts Festival for Darlington and our region. This is the third year the Jazz Festival has ran, and we are excited to raise the bar once again by providing a platform for both local and regional talent, yet attracting incredibly talented National Artists prominent on today’s jazz scene such as Mark Nightingale and The Al Wood 9.
The festival this year will be expanding and will run from Thursday 24th April until Sunday 27th April 2014. It will be based at The Forum Music Centre (www.theforumonline.co.uk) and Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum
(http://www.darlington.gov.uk/Leisure/headofsteam/) with a fringe event at Voodoo Café (www.Voodoocafe.co.uk). There will be over 20 bands playing throughout the weekend, and we forecast an audience of 150-200 at all times based on a sell-out festival the last 2 years.
Mark Nightingale has gained a reputation as one of the top-flight jazz trombonists worldwide. In the UK he plays regularly in bands lead by Andy Panayi, Alan Barnes, Laurence Cottle and Stan Tracey. Mark has recorded and played with artists from all genres including Ray Brown, Clark Terry, Sting, Scott Hamilton, Cleo Laine, Charlie Watts, Frank Sinatra, Kenny Wheeler, James Morrison and Steely Dan.
The Al Wood 9 is made up of some of the region’s best jazz musicians, re-creating the music of the great big bands, especially arranged by Al Wood for this line-up, plus new arrangements of classic standards. The band comprises of: Al Wood (leader, trumpet, saxes), Jim Corry, James Russell (alto sax), Stuart MacDonald, Simon Kaylor (tenor sax), Sam Thornton (baritone sax), Graham Hearn (piano), Garry Jackson (bass), Bob Howard (drums).
"This was real music played by real musicians" Ian Darrington, Wigan Jazz Club, whilst Pat McCarthy of Cleethorpes Jazz Festival quotes “From the first note to the last, the band was brilliant”
This year we are expanding to a four day programme over a variety of venues:
·        Thursday 24th April – a jazz improvisation workshop led by Matt Roberts with sectional tutors at The Forum Music Centre
·        Friday 25th April – Latin Band Burundanga at Voodoo Café
·        Saturday 26th April – Jazz Festival session 1 and 2 at The Forum Music Centre
·        Sunday 27th April – Jazz Festival session 3 and Jazz Club at Head of Steam (Darlington Railway Museum)
The Jazz Festival is split up into different sessions and price options over the Saturday and Sunday
Saturday 26th April – Session 1 (1pm-6pm in the following order)
Durham County Youth Big Band, Zoe Gilby and Andy Champion, Jamil Sheriff Trio, Debra Milne Ensemble, Darlington Big BandDurham County Youth Big Band
Zoe Gilby and Andy Champion
Jamil Sheriff Trio
Debra Milne Ensemble
Darlington Big Band
                                       
Saturday 26th April – Session 2 (7pm-1am in the following order)
Tom Stephenson and friends,  Mark Nightingale with the Durham Alumni Big Band, Late Night Jazz Session with Alan Law, JazzTones and Guest Artists
Sunday 27th April – Session 3 (11am-6pm in the following order)
Jazz in my pants, Tyne Valley Big Band, The Slowlight Quartet, ACV, Workshop performance and Tutors band, Djangologie, Alter Ego
Sunday 27th April – Jazz Club (6pm-9pm in the following order)
Little Big Band, The Al Wood 9
Early bird tickets are due to go on sale early March and can be purchased by contacting the Forum on 01325 363135. These tickets are for a limited time only at a reduced rate before full ticket allocation will be released. The festival has sold out the previous 2 years, so please secure your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
The Workshop which is held at The Forum Music Centre on Thursday 24th April is a Jazz and improvisation workshop for all ages and abilities led by Matt Roberts with sectional tutors. This workshop always fills up quickly, so contact us to secure your place sooner rather than later! You can do this by emailing us at darlingtonjazzfestival@live.com or calling 07538772368.
More information on bands and ticket options/prices can be found on our website: www.darlingtonjazzfestival.co.uk
or contact us on 07538772368 / darlingtonjazzfestival@live.com
Darlington Jazz Festival would like to thank: Jazz North, The Forum Music Centre, Head of Steam, Darlington Borough Council, Durham Music Service, Mercure Darlington Kings Hotel, Voodoo Café, Darlington for Culture, Darlington Jazz Club, Novol, Hummersknott ActiveJazz North, The Forum Music Centre, Head of Steam, Darlington Borough Council, Durham Music Service, Mercure Darlington Kings Hotel, Voodoo Café, Darlington for Culture, Darlington Jazz Club, Novol, Hummersknott Active.

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