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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)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Preview Darlington Jazz Festival April 24 – 27

(Preview by Russell).
The third Darlington Jazz Festival runs over four days, at three venues, wider in scope and ambition. The Forum Music Centre on Borough Road (the event’s HQ in previous years) presents a workshop and a full day of music (twelve hours worth!), the Head of Steam  (Darlington Railway Museum) on Station Road (a new venue) offers ten hours of jazz and the Voodoo Café on Skinnergate hosts a late night session of danceable Latin American sounds.
The first event takes place at the Forum on Thursday evening (April 24). Trumpeter Matt Roberts will lead a workshop for all ages and abilities, sectional tutors will be on hand and take note - the event is certain to be over-subscribed, so be quick, contact details. The workshop fee is a bargain £6.00., 5:30 pm start.
Friday evening (April 25) from 10:00 pm get down to the Voodoo Café on Skinnergate to listen - and dance - to the infectious rhythms of Burundanga. A heady mix of Afro-Cuban, funk, reggae, Latin jazz sounds guarantees a percussion-led party of mega proportions!
Day one of the festival proper - Saturday 26 - begins at one o’clock at the Forum. The programme’s first session opens with the pride of County Durham - the Durham County Youth Big Band. The band performs regularly in the region and beyond (European jaunts help spread the word) and cannot help but pick up awards along the way! Arrive early, don’t miss this fantastic band.
At two o’clock the voice and bass duo of Zoe Gilby and Andy Champion will surely inspire the young musician. Consummate musicians at the top of their game, Zoe and Andy will delight and astonish in equal measure. Yorkshire’s Jamil Sheriff Trio follow at 3:00 pm. A recent appearance in the north east heard the trio - Jamil Sheriff (piano), Pete Turner (double bass) and Dave Walsh (drums) - in top form, swinging mightily on standards and originals.
The Tyneside-based Debra Milne Ensemble (4:00 pm) features the vocals of Debra Milne in a set of bop standards, some lesser known material and original compositions written by bandleader Milne and songwriting partner Steve Glendinning (guitar). The experienced rhythm section - Paul Grainger (double bass) and Tim Johnston (drums) - work sympathetically behind Ms Milne and if a recent gig in an empty shop in Durham (yes, an empty shop!) is anything to go by the quartet will tempt in the jazz window shopper. The afternoon session ends at five o’clock with the Darlington Big Band. The county’s youth players opened the session and many of them will surely graduate to the ranks of this accomplished big band led by Richie Emmerson. The bar will be open (a regional micro brew is usually available), be quick because at the end of their set the big band boys could well beat you to the bar!
The second session starts at seven o’clock with guitarist Tom Stephenson. An award winning young musician from the Durham County Youth Big Band, Tom and friends will be working in the informal setting of the Forum’s bar. At 8:00 pm there is, perhaps, the set of the festival. World class trombonist Mark Nightingale takes to the stage in the adjacent hall with the magnificent Durham Alumni Big Band. Expect to hear the best - soloists, ensemble and Mark Nightingale. Late night in the bar you can listen to the swinging pianist Alan Law, the Jazztones and friends. You like a jam session? Whatever you do, don’t miss this one!
Day two - Sunday 27 - of the festival moves to the Head of Steam (Darlington Railway Museum) on North Road. The third session kicks off at eleven o’clock (am, that is!) with a young combo known as Jazz in My Pants. These guys could well have ants in their pants such is their non-stop, energetic street jazz performance! Inspired by the music of New Orleans street brass players heard at Durham: Brass Festival they are sure to stoke the fires of the Head of Steam’s gleaming engines. Full steam ahead! Steaming down the Tyne Valley line, due to arrive at noon, will be the express service known as the Tyne Valley Big Band. This is a big band, so big they may not all get a seat on the express. Book your tickets now - front row, first class, at the Head of Steam! One hour later the Slowlight Quartet pull in. Tom Quilliam’s saxophone attack takes no prisoners and his band mates - Paul Lorraine (keyboards), Ian ‘Dodge’ Paterson (bass) and Jonathan Marriott (drums) - will further enhance an impressive gigging cv.
Stand clear of the platform!  The band now arriving at Platform Jazz, is the 2:00 pm from the world of Big Boy Jazz! ACV, Andy Champion’s first class juggernaut of a band (standard class not available) rolls in to town. Quick, grab a drink, a sarnie and settle down for an electrifying experience. Bassist Andy Champion brings to town Graeme Wilson (reeds), Mark Williams (guitar), Paul Edis (keyboards) and Adrian Tilbrook (drums). Forget the Flying Scotsman, take photographs, jot down the names (jazz train-spotter style), ACV are in town.
Thursday’s workshop session follows up on this Sunday afternoon with a public performance, the tutors sharing the limelight. Mick Shoulder (double bass), Emma Fisk (violin), James Birkett (guitar) and Giles Strong (guitar) are Djangologie. The Hot Club specialists are due in at four o’clock on the Django Express direct from the Left Bank (or is that South Bank, Teesside?). C’est magnifique!. The afternoon session ends on a high with Alter Ego. Hard blowin’ bop - Dave Hignett (trumpet), Niall Armstrong (reeds), Keith Robinson (reeds), Andy Hawking (keyboards),Tony Abell (double bass) & David Francis (drums) - great stuff!
The fourth session (the closing session) - the Jazz Club - will be a winner, no question. The Little Big Band is the feeder band into the Durham County Youth Big Band. Be prepared to shed a tear. Young musicians, some no taller than a hi-hat, giving it their all. The betting is in ten years’ time you’ll be offering some of them a gig at your local jazz club. Finally, before you catch that last train, wait a while. The Al Wood Nine will impress you no end. Trumpeter Wood’s nonet will close the festival in style - Jim Corry (alto), James Russell (alto), Stuart MacDonald (tenor), Simon Kaylor (tenor), Sam Thornton (baritone), Phil Steel (piano), Gary Jackson (double bass) and Bob Husband (drums).
(Russell).
DETAILS OF ADMISSION TO THE THIRD DARLINGTON JAZZ FESTIVAL 
Tickets available from the Forum Music Centre box office – 01325 363135
or http://www.darlingtonjazzfestival.co.uk/

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