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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

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Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

Postage

16233 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Feb. 23).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 29: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Olly Styles (saxophone).
Thu 29: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: After Hours Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Curated set list, all welcome.
Thu 29: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Josh Bentham (alto sax); Graham Thompson (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

March
Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Wind Ensemble + Big Band + Jazz Combo + R&B Band @ Boiler House, Newcastle University. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 01: Joseph Carville Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 01-Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. From 8:00pm Friday. Weekend ticket: £20.00.
Fri 01: TBC @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blind Pig Blues Club.
Fri 01: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. £10.00. Day 1/3. Musicians Unlimited + Festival Band.

Sat 02: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. 11:00am. £15.00.. Day 2/3. Senior bands in competition.
Sat 02: Frog & Henry @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.£10.00. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club. Superb Anglo-American band!
Sat 02: The Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Repas7 by Night, 7 West St, Berwick TD15 1AS, 07900 627562. Tapas Specials from 5.00pm - showtime 8.00pm.
Sat 02: Cuba Libre @ Revolución de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle. 6:00-9:00pm. Free.
Sat 02: Jeffrey Hewer Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 02: Durham University Big Band @ Durham Students' Union, New Elvet, Durham. 7:30pm. £8.00.
Sat 02: Tom Remon & Laurence Harrison @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sat 02: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00. The band’s 25th anniversary gig!
Sat 02: John Logan @ The Dyvels, Corbridge. 8:00pm. Rat Pack-style swing.

Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. 11:00am. £10.00.. Day 3/3. School & Youth bands in competition.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ the Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm. £7.50.
Sun 03: Alan Law Trio plays Ahmad Jamal’s At the Pershing: But Not for Me & more @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00pm. £10.00. The music of Ahmad Jamal.
Sun 03: Alice Grace & Ben Helm @ St Francis’ Church, High Heaton, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. £12.00. (children free admission). A Children’s Society fundraiser. Two x 30 mins sets. Refreshments available, child-friendly event with participation of children encouraged!
Sun 03: Sax Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. Free (donations). Monthly workshop, all welcome (participant and/or listener).
Sun 03: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 03: ’58 Jazz Collective @ St George’s Venue, Park Road, Hartlepool. 3:30pm (refreshments from 2:30pm). £6.00.
Sun 03: Down for the Count: A Century of Swing @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:00pm.
Sun 03: SH#RP Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 03: Remy CB @ Blues & Bourbon, Nelson St., Newcastle. 9:00pm. Free. Newcastle University music student Remy Coulthard Boardman.

Mon 04: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 05: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Joe Steels, Paul Grainger, Michael Mather.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Preview: Lancaster Jazz Festival - September 16-18.

(Preview by Steve T).
I think it was two years ago when FDT and I made it down for the Saturday sessions at Lancaster and what a fantastic day we had.
Bone maestro Rollins brought his Velocity Trio to the Round with miraculous Hammond monster Ross Stanley and brilliant drummer Pedro Segundo, but, in the Square, we got Paul Edis and his Sextet and the Starlight Quartet, who I've seen a couple of times and they're terrific too. 
Each of the three days begins with a Jazz Breakfast from 10am to noon at Robert Gillows, with music from guitarist Jon Moore and/or pianist/singer Sue Parish and the food is free, though donations are welcome.
On Friday evening the Festival shifts to the Lancaster Brewery which sounds like a fine venue for some live Jazz.
Phil Meadows leads the LRGC Big Band of local young musicians. Meadows, you may recall, composed Life Cycles performed by Jambone, Zoe Gilby and the Royal Northern Sinfonia at GIJF this year.
This is followed by Entropi, a standard quintet with a futuristic outlook making a name in recent times before Meadows returns with his trio to end a night with the pairing of electronics and acoustic bass promising an evening of contrasts.
Saturday is extremely busy with something going on somewhere from 10am ‘til midnight. The introduction of another venue means there are no breaks for band setups and, alternating between Sun Square, a covered stage in a pedestrian area surrounded by cafes, pubs and shops, and the Hall, which I don't know. There's a performance by local school children, expert advice on how to have a career in Jazz and still pay the bills (complete with free food), a harp trio, a bass led quintet from Leeds featuring guitar and tenor, a guitar led quintet mixing Jazz and Gamelan, a guitar/alto quartet featuring members of Melt Yourself Down, Led Bib, Beats and Pieces and Mars Project, a brand new trio from the Toon called F-C-T and a Jazz/electronic sextet from Leeds.
Headlining is Artist in Residence, London-based saxophonist, Cath Roberts with a specially commissioned one-off event featuring her regular quintet and special guests from around Europe and preceded by a Q and A session. This is one of only two events with a cover charge and is in the fabulous Round Theatre, one of the most intimate I've ever been to which puts the musicians right in with the audience.
The Jam Session, if it's the same, is in the pub next door which was most memorable for an elderly gentleman with a square yard of tile he used for tap-dancing, which is exactly the sort of thing that these things are all about.
What could be better after a Jazz Breakfast than our very own Geordie lass Zoe Gilby, with husband Andy Champion on bass, Mark Williams on guitar and Richard Brown on drums?
They're followed by a Lancaster-based Norwegian cellist, another Toon band making a name for themselves, Archipelago, a reeds trio, a piano trio with a penchant for hip-hop and a trumpet/tenor quartet suggestive of Sonny Rollins and John Zorn, which sounds absolutely amazing.
On Sunday afternoon, in the only other gig with a cover charge, nearby Kendal Brewery Arts Centre plays host to one of the current giants of American Jazz, Terrence Blanchard, who lit up GIJF with his electric band E-collective in the spring. This promises to be equally compulsive featuring emerging musicians and instruments unusual in Jazz including French horn, oboe and tuba.
Lancaster is a lovely city if you haven't been, a bit like Durham without the enormous Cathedral, like York I suppose, and there is loads going on with something for everyone with an interest in Jazz or experimental and innovative music in general.
Further details.
Steve T.

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