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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

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event. SOLD OUT!

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

GIJF - Arun Ghosh Sextet - Sage Gateshead April 15

Arun Ghosh (clt); Chris Williams (alt); John Ellis (pno); Liran Donin (bs); Dave Walsh (dms); Sarathy Korwar (tabla).
(Review by Lance).
The opening day of Gateshead International Jazz Festival promised much and delivered more!
Ghosh is one of the jazz extroverts - his version of Indo-Jazz is far removed from the Joe Harriott/John Mayer Indo-Jazz Fusions band of the 1960s yet just as relevant in today's terms.
They have fun, the two horns blend. They blow solos that become duets. Call and response passages that are complementary rather than competitive. As a guy I spoke to in the pub said to me later, "You couldn't add another instrument, not even a guitar." He was right, I doubt if even a sitar could sit in.
Ghosh, the barefoot clarinetta, can sound like just about anyone. Swaying, sinuously moving, both snake and snake charmer, he alternated between pure classical and earthy New Orleans (or should that be New Delhi?) proving that the old gobstick is still one of the most versatile horns around... Williams is the perfect foil - without a sheet of MS between them they read each other's mind. Clever Fakirs!
Ellis was superb, whether sensitively exploring Mountain Summit or making Mister Steinway turn in his grave on the Vindaloo numbers, he was on the rupees. We had to wait till the end for Donin to workout although he'd limbered up throughout the gig (104 mins without intermission) providing solid support.
Walsh and Korwar mixed jazz and rock with the exotic rhythms of the east - at times, when the frontline men were blowing, the result had an almost Celtic feel.
That Sage Two was near 3 tiers full came as no surprise - Ghosh is an entertainer as well as an ace jazz clarinettist. 
Earlier, Ghosh, who'd been working with the children of Roman Rd., Primary School, Gateshead for the past few days, said, referring to the children's set on the Concourse, "Them kids blew me off the stage!"
An exaggeration, perhaps! On tonight's performance, I doubt if anyone could have blown him, or the sextet, off the stage. Still it was good of him to say this and he wasn't being patronising.
Today, at 11am he works with even younger children in "Jazz for Toddlers".
Lance.

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