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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

14845 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1094 of them this year alone and, so far, 93 this month (Nov. 30).

From This Moment On ...

November

December
Mon 05: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 05: Sia Ahmad & Raymond MacDonald @ Blank Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Tickets: £5.00. from www.seetickets.com. Live recording session - note no late admissions. BYOB.

Tue 06: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (table reservations 0191 386 5556). Feat. Johnny Murphy (keyboards).

Wed 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 07: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 12 noon-3:00pm.Free. New!
Wed 07: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 07: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 07: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

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.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Darlington Jazz Festival: From Clervaux to the Quakerhouse. April 23

(Review by Russell/Photos of Dean Stockdale courtesy of Shaune Eland. Photos of Ruth Lambert and Lindsay Hannon from BSH archives)).
Clervaux Artisan Bakery’s covered courtyard on Coniscliffe Road is the perfect place for an early start the morning after the night before. Jazz from 10:00am with a coffee, pastry or something more substantial kick-started Saturday’s long day of festival music (the late night jam session would wind down in the early hours of Sunday).
Jonny Dunn (trumpet) & Steve McGarvie (keyboards) played a half hour set at around eleven o’clock. Members of the Durham Alumni Big Band, the duo chose a tune, played it, suggested another one and played it. The audience comprised Clervaux’s regulars, the Saturday morning lycra-clad cyclists stopping by to refuel and the jazz diehards. All the Things You Are typified a tasteful set – Dunn the lyrical horn player, McGarvie the piano player perhaps better known as the Alumni’s alto/soprano saxophonist.         
Al Wood (baritone sax) & Dean Stockdale (keyboards)     

Al Wood’s cv is impressive – ex-Maynard Ferguson, Ken Mackintosh and countless gigs with a dizzying array of A-listers (Peter King, Danny Moss, Kenny Baker, Nat Adderley, Buddy Greco) and Dean Stockdale, the junior man of the partnership, has been schooled by the best in the business including Dave Newton and now playing GAS book gigs with the likes of Ruth Lambert and James Birkett and working with contemporary performers such as Johnny Hunter. 
Yorkshire based Wood plays all the saxes, trumpet and trombone. At this Darlington Jazz Festival weekend he wielded the big beast, the baritone. Coffee, tea, cake, chatter in the sunlit space, Wood and Stockdale played whatever took their fancy. Have You Met Miss Jones? then Autumn in New York, Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise, There Will Never be Another You and Wood going for it on St Thomas. Class playing from the duo.
More class playing was in the offing with the Baker siblings – Amy and Alex – next up. That festival dilemma cropped up – stay at Clervaux or walk around the corner to the Quakerhouse for the afternoon set in the bar. The Quakerhouse won out (the Bakers would be playing later at Central Hall, as indeed would Al Wood and Dean Stockdale).          
Ruth Lambert Trio: Ruth Lambert (vocals), Giles Strong (guitar) & Mick Shoulder (double bass) Cheltenham bound. Darlington Jazz Festival to Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Ruth Lambert dropped by to open the afternoon’s entertainment at the Quakerhouse and then on to the BBC Introducing stage at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival later this week. Ah, such is the life of a superstar!
Time After Time – Lambert swinging as only she can. Silencing a pub crowd tells you all you need to know, we were listening to a great singer. Backed by Giles Strong, guitar and double bassist Mick Shoulder, Lambert’s set flew by. Everything Was Beautiful, Love for Sale, Shoulder’s How Could I? A pint of Green Mill’s Ella (it had to be!) then Skylark. A master class in jazz singing. Caravan, No Moon at All and to end, The Snake. Hey, there, Cheltenham – you’re in for a treat!              
Noel Dennis (trumpet & flugelhorn) & Dean Stockdale (keyboards) That man Dean Stockdale strolled from Clervaux to the Quakerhouse to meet up once more with Noel Dennis. Their duo gig is a relatively new partnership and they’ve yet to play a wrong note. There is no Greater Love, Tom Harrell’s Moon Alley (Dennis, flugelhorn), Mingus’ Nostalgia in Times Square, a marvellous Beautiful Love, My Funny Valentine, Love for Sale (for the second time this afternoon) and to close, Now’s the Time. We’re still waiting for that wrong note.  
The Lindsay Hannon Plus: Lindsay Hannon (vocals), Mark Williams (guitar), John Pope (double bass) & Russ Morgan (drums)
With pianist James Harrison on tour with Philip Scofield, bandleader Lindsay Hannon called in a dep. Not any old dep, rather the never less than brilliant Mark Williams. The Quakerhouse bar doesn’t have much floor space placing drummer Russ Morgan partially out of view. No matter, what a player! The Papal presence of double bassist Mr. J Pope guaranteed a swinging set and Ms. Hannon started to sing. Decidedly ‘other’ material is Hannon’s thing. Always in key, expert voice projection, forever taking a chance, Hannon mixed self-penned numbers with several standards (The Very Thought of You, No More Blues with its impressive vocal gymnastics, some Monk and Miss Otis Regrets). This was Hannon excelling in a small combo setting, later in the evening, she would take on the challenge of performing to a somewhat larger gathering in Central Hall.
Russell.                   

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