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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

Tue 27: Beth Clarke @ British Legion Club, West Jesmond, Newcastle. 1:00-4:00pm. Free.
Tue 27: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).
Tue 27: Black is the Color of My Voice @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. One woman stage play (the life & times of Nina Simone).

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 28: Battle of the Bands @ NE Volume Music Bar, Yarm Lane, Stockton. Doors 6:00pm. Tickets: £5.00. adv., £6.00. on the door. Participants inc. Milne Glendinning Band.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 28: Black is the Color of My Voice @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. One woman stage play (the life & times of Nina Simone).
Wed 28: Laura Jurd @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 29: Ushaw Ensemble @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 29: Czajka & Puchaz + Mark Solborg + Anthropology @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Thu 29: ‘58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: Peter Morgan Trio @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

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: Alter Ego @ 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: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm.
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: 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.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Today @ Classic Jazz Party

I've got an absolutely gorgeous weekend ahead  at the Village Hotel, Cobalt Business Park, nr Shiremoor, North Tyneside - never mind the weather - it's the (late) Mike Durham's Classic Jazz Party organised this year by Patti Durham with the able assistance of Keith Nichols, Frans Sjöström and several others.
It's a mouthwatering feast for lovers of classic jazz as today's program will testify to.
12 noon – 12.30pmTribute to Mike.
Spats Langham leads a re-creation of his Rhythm Boys – a group lovingly crafted by Mike Durham, complementary to his beloved West Jesmond Rhythm Kings. This music and song – indeed the entire Jazz Party – is a fitting tribute to all that Mike achieved for Classic Jazz over many decades. Enrico Tomasso (trumpet); Graham Hughes (trombone); Matthias Seuffert (reeds); Keith Nichols (piano); Spats Langham (Banjo, guitar, vocal); John Hallam (bass); Frans Sjöström (bass saxophone); Josh Duffee (drums).


12.30pm – 1.30pm: What Bix could have played.
Biographies of Bix Beiderbecke list many tunes he played in clubs, concerts and on broadcasts – most of which he never recorded. David Boeddinghaus leads a session which explores and performs for you some of this lost repertoire. Andy Schumm  (cornet); Kris Kompen (trombone); Mauro Porro (reeds); David Boeddinghaus (piano); Frans Sjöström (bass saxophone) Josh Duffee (drums).
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1.30pm – 2.30pmAmericans in Paris.
Paris consistently had a high population of visiting U.S. performers in the 1920s and 1930s, while we in the U.K. missed out on hearing most of them, especially in the later years. Martin Litton directs a showcase of what you might have heard in Paris in those heady, carefree times. Enrico Tomasso, Duke Heitger,       Bent Persson (trumpets); Alistair Allan (trombone); Matthias Seuffert, Thomas Winteler (reeds); Emma Fisk (violin); Martin Litton (piano); Spats Langham (guitar); Henry Lemaire (bass); Richard Pite (drums). Janice Day, vocal.
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2.30pm – 3.00pm: A Challenge to Louis.
Very early on, some trumpet players actually tried to ‘out-blow’ the great Louis Armstrong! Soon however, others became inspired by his vast talent – which often brought fascinating results. With introductions by Keith Nichols,  Menno Daams and Bent Persson will illustrate several of these ‘challenges’.  Menno Daams, Bent Persson  (trumpets); Graham Hughes (trombone); Mauro Porro (reeds); Morten Gunnar Larsen (piano); Henry Lemaire (banjo, guitar); Malcolm Sked (bass, brass bass); Nicholas Ball (drums).
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3.00pm – 3.30pmThe New York Gang.
Musicians who could sight-read music yet also play ‘Hot’ were in great demand in the recording studios of New York. Frans introduces this session commemorating some of them, including, naturally, his own hero, Adrian Rollini. Duke Heitger (trumpet); Kris Kompen (trombone); Lars Frank (reeds); Morton Gunnar Larsen (piano); Jacob Ullberger (banjo, guitar); Frans Sjöström (bass saxophone); Nicholas Ball (drums).
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3.30pm – 4.00pmSpats’ Little Mystery Band.
Don’t worry: the Mystery here will be swiftly resolved (split infinitive or not), and will provide you with thirty minutes of delectable ‘chamber jazz’ by Spats and his colleagues. Spats Langham (banjo, guitar, vocals); Lars Frank (reeds); Morton Gunnar Larsen (piano); Phil Rutherford (brass bass); Josh Duffee (drums).
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4.00pm – 5.00pmPaul Whiteman – King of Jazz.
One of Mike Durham’s many great achievements was to present, at the prestigious Sage venue in 2006, a full-scale Paul Whiteman Tribute concert. An audience of over 1,000 heard original Whiteman scores, meticulously transcribed and edited by Keith Nichols. This afternoon, enjoy the same airy vistas of symphonic jazz! Keith Nichols conducts and directs: Enrico Tomasso, Menno Daams, Andy Schumm (trumpets); Kris Kompen, Alistair Allan, Graham Hughes (trombones); Matthias Seuffert, Jean-François Bonnel, Lars Frank, Claus Jacobi, Mauro Porro (reeds); Emma Fisk, Dawn Allen, Jessica Graham (violins); David Boeddinghaus  (piano); Martin Wheatley (banjo, guitar); Malcolm Sked (bass) Phil Rutherford (brass bass); Frans Sjöström (bass saxophone); Josh Duffee (drums, percussion). Spats Langham, vocal.
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DINNER
7.30pm – 8.00pmThe Professor – Martin Litton.
You may not know this, but Martin does The Times crossword every day. In a more advanced way than the relationships of letters and words, he creates jazz piano of many kinds, each of which is possessed of impeccable musical structure, lucidity, and swing.
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8.00pm – 9.00pmHarlem Nightlife.
Fresh from his Paul Whiteman triumph, Keith takes us on a musical visit to North Manhattan IslandNew York, where since the 1920s  Harlem has been the hub of African American cultural and musical life.
Menno Daams, Bent Persson (trumpets); Kris Kompen (trombone); Jean-François Bonnel, Lars Frank, Claus Jacobi (reeds); Keith Nichols (piano); Spats Langham (guitar, banjo); Phil Rutherford (brass bass); Josh Duffee (drums). Janice Day, vocal.
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9.00pm – 9.30pmAll the Helens.
There a number of distinguished swing and jazz singers who share the name Helen. Although not called Helen herself, you will certainly enjoy this tribute to their illustrious careers thanks to the lovely voice of Janice Day complemented by the versatile piano of Martin Litton. Also backing Janice are Thomas Winteler (reeds); Martin Wheatley (guitar, banjo) , Malcolm Sked (bass, brass bass) and Nicholas Ball (drums).
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9.30pm – 10.00pmThe Poolshark.
If music failed to provide an income for Jelly-Roll Morton in his early days, he called upon his great abilities as a pool player. First losing on purpose, he would then take his opponents for a ride! Bent has made a selection of seldom-heard later 1930s Morton recordings. Bent Persson (trumpet); Graham Hughes (trombone); Jean-François Bonnel, Thomas Winteler (reeds); Morten Gunnar Larsen (piano); Jacob Ullberger (banjo, guitar); Henry Lemaire (bass); Nicholas Ball (drums).
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10.00pm – 11.00pmThe Nichols – Duffee All Star Orchestra.
This splendid line up will play a wide variety of special arrangements or transcriptions by Keith and Josh. Mostly of 1920s repertoire, some were made for CD projects, and have never been performed ‘live’ before! Items by McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, Frank Trumbauer and Fletcher Henderson may be included. Enrico Tomasso, Duke Heitger, Andy Schumm (trumpets); Kris Kompen, Alistair Allan (trombones); Matthias Seuffert, Jean-François Bonnel, Lars Frank, Claus Jacobi (reeds); Keith Nichols (piano); Spats Langham (banjo, guitar); Malcolm Sked (bass, brass bass); Josh Duffee (drums).
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11.00pm – ????: Victory Pub Jam.
Hot-foot from the Nichols-Duffee session, Andy Schumm directs the first of the free-blowing jam sessions which have become an indispensable tradition of the Jazz Party. Andy Schumm (Trumpet); Graham Hughes (trombone); Matthias Seuffert (reeds); Martin Litton (piano); Jacob Ullberger (banjo, guitar); Frans Sjöström (bass saxophone); Nicholas Ball (drums).
Lance.

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