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Farewell Blues

R I P Terry Shannon - November 5, 1929 - October 29, 2022
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Bebop Spoken There

Michael League: "We flew back from Europe, and the second gig we [Snarky Puppy] did was in Arcata, California. There were two people. And one of them was the bartender." - (DownBeat December, 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

14806 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1074 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (Nov.24).

From This Moment On ...

November

Sun 27: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 27: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 27: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 27: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 27: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free. Sitters-in & audience welcome.
Sun 27: Nu Civilisation Orchestra @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 27: Jamil Sheriff's Five Gold Rings @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 28: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 28: Jeremy McMurray & Friends @ Billingham Catholic Club. 7:30pm. £5.00. at the door. A SVP fundraiser for Xmas food hampers.

Tue 29: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

Wed 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 30: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Wed 30: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 30: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 30: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

December
Thu 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 01: New York Jazz Night feat. Zoë Gilby @ The Keys, Yarm. 7:00pm. £30.00. (inc. meal). Tickets from Skiddle. Gilby w. Noel Dennis, Mark Williams & Andy Champion.
Thu 01: Bold Big Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Cluny 2.
Thu 01: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm. Paul Skerritt & James Harrison residency.
Thu 01: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 02: Swing Manouche @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 02: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 02: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 02: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 02: Durham University Big Band + Durham University Jazz Orchestra @ Kingsgate Bar, Durham Students' Union, Dunelm House, Durham. 7:00pm. £3.00. & £2.50. Fundraiser for Coppafeel.
Fri 02: Niffi Osiyemi Trio @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm.
Fri 02: Alligator Gumbo @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm. Xmas party.
Fri 02: Struggle Buggy's Almost Xmas Party @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sat 03: Jake Leg Jug Band @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 03: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Liane Carroll. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 03: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sat 03: Remi Harris & Tom Moore @ Amble Parish Hall, Northumberland. 7:30pm.
Sat 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. Xmas party.
Sat 03: Ray Johnson, Richard Herdman & Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ The Black Swan – Dec 19

(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew)
Take two: a second consecutive night at the Black Swan for the most popular big band around. A second consecutive full house…quite an achievement! The basement venue afforded the band the luxury of setting up without having to squeeze brass, reeds and a rhythm section into the usual small jazz venue with the dimensions of a telephone box. All seats were taken half an hour before the start, latecomers stood to one side. Drinks orders were of the ‘precariously-balanced tray snaking its way through the throng’ kind. The management of Newcastle Arts Centre couldn’t be other than delighted. A success every which way and MD Michael Lamb had yet to strike up the band!
Right on time the band hit the stage. We Three Kings proffered gifts; several big-hitters announced their arrival – Gowland, Jedrzejewski, Toms, Summers. Ding Dong Merrily on High (spot the seasonal theme) showcased the brass boys on a samba feel. The band boasts not one but two singers. They stepped forward as climate-change deniers – Baby, It’s Cold Outside. A week before Christmas and it was shirt-sleeve weather but Lindsay Hannon and F’reez did their best to convince us otherwise! The luminescent Ms Hannon stayed on to dream of a White Christmas and warn of That Ole Devil Called Love.
The three part Film Noir suite departed from the festive fayre to conclude the first set in full-on jazz mode. Engrossing stuff with Keith ‘Strictly Smokin’’ Robinson on alto.
The interval: an earlier global warming torrent had pushed out over the North Sea as one or two gig goers and musicians took the evening air. The thought occurred that down the lane Ms Ruth Lambert was holding court alongside pianist Alan Law at the Jazz Café. A review by Kath J to follow.
As with the first, the second set began right on time. Altoist Robinson had all but stolen the show first set, Steve Summers (soprano) set about staking a claim to the second set on Greta’s Groove, with more from Pav, guitar and Graham Don (piano). F’reez – not heard to best effect due to being way down in the mix – upped-it on Higher Ground. Had space permitted dancers would have been on the floor. The luminescent Ms Hannon returned to sing That Ole’ Black Magic, I’ve Got You Under My Skin and, inevitably, Santa Baby. A Strictly Smokin’ gig is always an occasion. Soloists pepper the sections – Kieran Parnaby (trombone), bassist Michael Whent stepped up, the assured Pete Tanton (trumpet/flugel), to name but three. This Black Swan two-nighter has become a highlight in the calendar. A three-nighter in 2016 could be on the cards, or, perhaps a Saturday matinee show could work, aimed at a younger (musician?) audience. If MD Michael Lamb puts his mind to it you never know.
The Strictly Smokin’ Big Band is an unalloyed success story: band management, on-time presentation, Guy Swinton’s excellent MC skills (and a fine drummer, to boot), the boys in the rhythm section, all and sundry make it the band it is. Your next opportunity to hear the Strictly Smokin’ is at a post-Christmas dance (yes, dance) gig at Hoochie Coochie on Tuesday 29 December. 100% recommended.
Russell.
Michael Lamb (trumpet & MD), Pete Tanton, Gordon Marshall, Dick Stacey (trumpets & flugelhorns); Kieran Parnaby, John Flood, Mark Ferris, David Barnes (trombones); Paul Gowland, Jamie Toms, Steve Summers, Keith Robinson, Laurie Rangecroft (reeds); Graham Don (piano), Pawel Jedrzejewski (guitar), Michael Whent (bass), Guy Swinton (drums), Lindsay Hannon (vocals) & F’reez (vocals)

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