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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

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.

Thu 09: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 4:00pm (this week only). Free.
Thu 09: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00.
Thu 09: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 10: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 10: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller's Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

New Century Ragtime Orchestra @ St. Augustine's Church Darlington - April 4

(Review by Ray)
Time for our monthly Darlington Jazz trip, today's artistes the 12 strong version of the NCRO - sadly lacking the vocals of Caroline through illness, but with Emma Fisk ably providing the beauty to complement the guys all smartly attired in Dinner Jackets & bow ties.
Having heard the newly released CD "Singing in the Bathtub", which is an excellent buy, we were keen to sample the live version again - NCRO are always hugely entertaining, playing 1920's & 1930's hot dance & swing jazz in authentic arrangements which have your feet tapping away. I'm not aware of any other band that plays in this style, so we are privileged to have them based here in the North East & to be able to enjoy their talents several times a year. 
The inimitable Steve Andrews as ever led the band, his patter reminiscent of Leonard Sachs on the "Good Old Days" TV hit show that ran from 1953 to 1983, his wit greatly appreciated by an attentive packed room, the groans rising in unison at each corny joke or comment but the smiles revealing the pleasure he gave us all.
To the music ...Sweet Jenny Lee set the tone, with an excellent Reindeer Rag reminding us Christmas was but 265 days away ...with the onset of Easter Eggs in stockings it’s easy to get confused! A Duke Ellington number next - The Black & Tan Fantasy followed by the ballad Guilty then back up tempo with Rent Party Blues. Jim serenaded us on That's my Weakness Now, then East St Louis Toodle Oo and Get Out & Get Under the Moon led us to the final number of the first set with Nagasaki.
Second set began with a King Oliver number Too Bad before Jim donned Fez & gave us Palestrina to applause. The 1928 Chocolate Dandies Padukah featured Gavin Lee on clarinet, then Jim back on vocals in Everybody Loves my Girl. Another Duke Ellington number The Mooche saw the trumpet players excel, with I'd Rather be Blue Thinking of You  taking us to the raffle & interval two.
An Easter Egg prize put a smile on my good lady’s lips, so all was well as a Jimmy Noone number Chicago Rhythm kicked on into King Oliver's 1923 hit Chatanooga Stomp. We felt a little blue with Blue Minor then I'm Dancing with Tears in my Eyes, then Emma & Keith combined with a melodic duo as Joe Venutti & Eddie Lang with Sunshine before Business in F and I'll See you in my Dreams gave way to the final number of Limehouse Blues.
All in all another fine afternoon at Darlington, & another packed house illustrated the growing recognition of the excellent Jazz they provide monthly.
Next up Sat 2 May is Jeff Barnhart & John Hallam with Keith Stephen & Bruce Rollo ....that should be another treat !
Ray
Graham Hardy, Alistair Lord (tpts); Neville Hartley (tmb); Jim McBriarty, Alan Marshall, Gavin Lee (reeds), Steve Andrews (compere/ ten  sax); Emma Fisk (vln); Colin Haikney (pno); Keith Stephens (bjo/gtr); Phil Rutherford (sousa); Steve Doyle (dms).  

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