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Farewell Blues

R I P Terry Shannon - November 5, 1929 - October 29, 2022
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R I P Louise Tobin - November 11, 1918 - November 26, 2022

Bebop Spoken There

Kenny Barron: "During the pandemic I got to do a lot more cooking. As long as you can read you can cook." - (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

14865 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1114 of them this year alone and, so far, 20 this month (Dec. 6).

From This Moment On ...

December

Thu 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Last one of the year, resuming Jan 26.
Thu 08: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 08: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm.
Thu 08: Christmas Crooners @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Thu 08: Musicians Unlimited @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. £5.00. on the door.

Fri 09: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £25.00. 'Afternoon Jazz with Festive Lunch'.
Fri 09: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 09: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: Jason Isaacs @ Northern Rugby Club, Gosforth, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £25.00 (inc. two course Xmas meal). Isaacs performing with backing tapes.

Sat 10: Lindsay Hannon & Martin Douglas: Life Drawing & Improvised Music @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. TBC.
Sat 10: Alan Barnes Octet: A Jazz Xmas Carol @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £20.00. All-star band!

Sun 11: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 11: Spanish City Rollers @ Northumberland Square, North Shields. 12:30pm. Free. Community band inc. Graham Hardy.
Sun 11: Am Jam @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free. Jam session, all welcome.
Sun 11: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Xmas party feat. Mick Donnelly Quartet. 4:00pm. Tickets: £6.00 (admission from 12 noon).
Sun 11: Paul Skerritt @ Liberty Brown's, Sunderland. 1:00pm.
Sun 11: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Sun 11: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 11: DC Blues Band @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free. Blues Band.
Sun 11: Jason Isaacs @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 5:30pm. SOLD OUT!
Sun 11: Boys of Brass @ Stack, Seaburn. 6:00pm. Free.
Sun 11: Elda with Faye MacCalman + John Pope & John Garner @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 12: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 12: Central Bar Quintet plays Kind of Blue @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 7:30pm. Concert performance + jam session. £5.00 (free admission to sitters-in).

Tue 13: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (table reservations 0191 386 5556). Feat. Johnny Murphy (keyboards).
Tue 13: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Murray Wankling, John Pope, John Bradford.
Tue 13: Abbie Finn Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:30pm. Xmas party.
Tue 13: King Bees @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Superb Chicago Blues Band.

Wed 14: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 14: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 14: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 14: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Jazz Café Jam Session - Feb. 2

(Review by Lance)
Whilst there was a gale force wind outside, they were also blowing up a storm inside and, although the jammers weren't standing ten deep at the bar waiting to give it their best shot, those that were there did themselves proud.
On drums tonight a rare appearance by Dave McKeague - he did good. Bradley and the trio got things rolling with A Weaver of Dreams and Jim Hall's Waltz New, a number that went seamlessly from 3/4 to 4/4 with no loss of momentum, swinging all the way. No More Blues then Watch What Happens.
What happened was a belter of a drum solo from McKeague.
Gilligan relinquished the piano and the brave Anyfantis took over - any pianist who follows Gilligan is brave! Nevertheless, George did okay with All of Me and Secret Love.
Enter The Broons. Father and son, bass player and pianist. Young Joel now sports a beard, not yet of Graingerlike magnitude but suffice enough to indicate he's maturing fast, rather like his piano playing which is beginning to take on a more contemporary edge. Pater Brown, his pate totally bereft of hair, gelled with his offspring on All the Things You Are and Things Ain't What They Used to be with Bradley on fire as ever.
Time for Gowland, on alto this week, to take centre stage as the house trio reassembled for Broadway - the 1940 number  - not to be confused with The Drifters' On Broadway, This tribute to the Great White Way swung.
The Chick Corea/Gary Burton number Crystal Silence wasn't a swinger but a meditative searching opus that was deservedly applauded vociferously.
Duncan Walker, on tenor this week, invited us to Take the A Train followed by a sensuous In a Sentimental Mood.
Lamb and Gowland, away from SSBB, teamed up for Bye Bye Blackbird. This was the real deal! Blistering trumpet, paint-stripping alto, pianistic perfection, rock solid basslines and kick-ass drumming.
Lamb went into ballad mode for Victor Young's Beautiful Love then Gowland joined him for Freddie Hubbard's great 'waltz' Up Jumped Spring.
As I left, Days of Wine and Roses wafted across the room - quite a night!
Photos.
Lance.
Pete Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Bradley Johnston (gtr); Dave McKeague (dms) + George Anyfantis (pno); Joel Brown (pno); Steve Brown (bs); Paul Gowland (alt); Duncan Walker (ten); Michael Lamb (tpt); Nick Kalanek (dms).

1 comment :

Lance said...

Apologies for not mentioning Nick Kalanek who sat in on drums towards the end. Great stuff, Nick!

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