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Bebop Spoken There

Steve Race: "The personnel is different, notably in the inclusion of Ben Webster, always, to my mind, a rather half-hearted tenor player" - - New Musical Express, 16-9-1949.

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.

Postage

13,508 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 926 of them this year alone and, so far, 90 this month (July 27).

From This Moment On

Wed 28: Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Assembly Rooms, 40 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3ET. 9:20pm. £8.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event (www.durhamfringe.co.uk).

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Sat 31: Lindsay Hannon @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Lindsay previews new, original material.

Sat 31: jaktar + Johnny Richards @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion.

August

Sun 01: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 01: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Leeds College of Music graduate guitarist (Masters, Jazz Performance & Composition).

Friday, May 09, 2014

Katherine Stone Quartet w. Paul Gowland @ Ashington Jazz Club May 7.

Katherine Stone (vocal); Stu Collingwood (keys); Paul Grainger (bass); Steve Doyle (drums); Paul Gowland (tenor).
(Review/Photo by Peter S.)
The appearance of Katherine Stone and her Quartet drew a good crowd including members old and new. Ms. Stone, not long back after a lengthy engagement on "the high seas", had managed to get together a unique group of exceptionally good musicians. Although there had been little time to discuss arrangements before taking to the stage the group blended together seamlessly. This has always amazed me, how do they achieve that? It just goes to show how accomplished these musicians are. Three of them were appearing at Ashington for the first time and they expressed their enjoyment through the music they produced.
We have witnessed our vocalist's ability and confidence growing and she was organised with electronic tablets for all of the band. She also has a comfortable audience relationship.
The vocal interpretations and instrumental improvisations were applauded by our enthusiastic audience and I'm sure band and singer knew our responses were genuine.
A sound selection of classic songbook material by this exceptionally good combo makes then highly recommended.
As the AJC continues to offer a variety of jazz  may I remind you all of the the next two events:
Wednesday June 4 - Gavin Lee's Dixieland Group.
Wednesday July 2 - Djangologie.
Both at The Elephant, Ashington. 8pm.
Peter S.

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