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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!"

Postage

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

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. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewwitt (alto sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Dilutey Juice @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Smoove & Turrell @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £25.00.
Fri 03: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibiton Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blind Pig Blues Club.

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.

Monday, April 07, 2014

GIJF – Day Two Late Night Club @ the Jazz Café

(Review by Russell/Photos by Mike Tilley)
The Gateshead International Jazz Festival is in danger of becoming a round-the-clock, twenty four hour event! The Saturday evening/Sunday morning jam session at the Jazz Café went on into the early hours. Downstairs the Slowlight Quartet entertained the early arrivals (11:00 pm) and the newly refurbished upstairs room opened to the public for the first time at midnight with the committed and the curious out in force. The festival’s big hitters were absent (did anyone really expect Esperanza Spalding to show up?) but some of Tyneside’s finest were present, keen to have a blow. 
The house rhythm section for the occasion – Alan Law (piano), John Pope (double bass, electric bass, suit and tie) and drummer Tom Chapman – invited a succession of musicians to join them on the stand and a most encouraging factor was the age profile, most in their twenties and thirties.
A list, in no particular order, of those on the session: Guitarist Simon Stephenson (first to throw his hat into the ring), tenors Matt Forster, Paul Gowland and Jamie Toms, Liam Gaughan (bass), Strictly Smokin’ MD Michael Lamb, Newcastle University final year music students Jamie Stockbridge (alto) and Adam Stapleford (drums), pianist James Harrison and Caff regular Lindsay Hannon. Festival organisers put in an appearance (at the bar) and couldn’t fail to be impressed with Mike Tilley’s efforts to get the venue ready on time (a week or so earlier the place resembled a building site).
The festival’s late night club has moved around in recent years, the Jazz Café could well be its long term home. A jam session isn’t a jam session without Monk. Well You Needn’t heard the horns, chorus upon chorus, rhythm section cookin’. Trumpeter Michael Lamb all but blew the roof off, jam session cheers, cool nods of approval, smiles, laughter, more beer. Lindsay Hannon, hot foot from Sage Gateshead, got up to sing Basin Street Blues. Introduced as the ‘incomparable Lindsay Hannon’, the boys on the stand were having none of that insisting she was the ‘incompetent LH’ then the ‘incomprehensible LH’. We’ll stick with the ‘incomparable’.
Lamb’s late night muted trumpet pitched just right, Alan Law played it just right (as always), as did JP (the Man in the Suit) and up stepped Paul Gowland to have his say. The Chicken went round and round the Jazz Café farmyard led by the stupendous piano playing of James Harrison. Liam Gaughan’s bass lines did Jaco pround and the horns earned their farmyard corn. The house lights went up, whatever time it was (around stupid o’clock) it was too early. What a night!  Photos.            
Russell.          

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