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Farewell Blues

R.I.P. HRH Queen Elizabeth ll (1926 - Sept. 8, 2022).
R.I.P. Trevor Tomkins (1941 - Sept. 9, 2022).
R.I.P. Gordon McGregor (Sept. 11, 2022).
R.I.P. Ramsey Lewis (1935 - Sept. 12, 2022).
R.I.P. Pharoah Sanders (Oct. 13, 1940 - Sept. 24, 2022).
R.I.P. Sue Mingus (April 2, 1930 - Sept. 24, 2022).

Bebop Spoken There

Larry Klein: "- in a certain way - Leonard [Cohen] is the greatest songwriter ever." - (Jazzwise October 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

14602 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 880 of them this year alone and, so far, 80 this month (Sept. 26).

From This Moment On ...

September

Fri 30: Adam Johnson @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 30: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 30: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 30: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 30: Pete Churchill & Noel Dennis: Exploring the Jazz Metaphor in Leadership & Management @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 2:30-4:00pm. Workshop.Tickets: £3.30 (inc. bf). A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 30: FILM: Bird (Dir. Clint Eastwood) + Swing Bridge (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 6:30pm.
Fri 30: Orphy Robinson + Maniscalco-Bigoni-Solborg + Nicole Mitchell + Binker Golding-Alexander Hawkins-John Pope-Paul Hession @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle (7:00pm). A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 30: Ushaw Ensemble @ St Mary’s Church, Holy Island. 7:30pm.
Fri 30: Julija Jacenaite @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Fri 30: King Bee @ The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Independent, Sunderland. 9:00pm. £22.50. DJs + King Bee.

October

Sat 01: Dale Storr @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 01: Nicole Mitchell & Alexander Hawkins @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sat 01: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Pete Churchill. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 01: Orphy Robinson (in conversation); Beck Hunters w John Pope & Laura Cole; Daniel Levin; Black Top w Mariam Rezaei @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 6:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sat 01: Simon O'Byrne @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Solo guitar & vocals.
Sat 01: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 9:00-9:45pm. A Great Market Caper multi-bill event. Superb Chicago blues band. Doors: 6:30pm. Tickets: £10.00. + bf.

Sun 02 RUTH LAMBERT TRIO @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 02: Helena Anahita Wilson @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sun 02: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 02: Zoë Gilby Trio w Noel Dennis + John Garner & John Pope + Dilutey Juice @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. £7.00.
Sun 02: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 02: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 02: Lindsay Hannon's 'Tom Waits for No Man' @ Three Tanners Bank, North Shields. 6:00pm. Free.
Sun 02: Celebrating the Life & Music of Pharoah Sanders @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £8.00. on the door. Feat. Sue Ferris, Paul Gowland, Tom Atkinson, Jude Murphy, Jeff Armstrong.
Sun 02: Shifa + Bex Burch & Leafcutter John + Farida Amadou @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.

Mon 03: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 04: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).
Tue 04: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Dean Stockdale, Paul Grainger, Tim Johnston.
Tue 04: Blue Jazz Quartet w Rivkala @ The Ship Isis, Sunderland. 7:30pm. Free.

Wed 05: Hot Club du Nord @ St Wilfred's Church, Kirkharle, Northumberland. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT! Waiting list open.
Wed 05: Hot Club du Nord @ St Wilfred's Church, Kirkharle, Northumberland. 4:00pm.
Wed 05: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 05: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 05: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 05: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 05: Rat Pack - Swingin' at the Sands @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 06: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 6:30-9:00pm.
Thu 06: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 06: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm. Paul Skerritt & James Harrison residency.
Thu 06: Brass Funkeys + Baghdaddies @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 06: Mo Scott Band @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 06: Lindsay Hannon Trio @ Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm. 'Tom Waits for No Man'. A Harbour View Speakeasy event.
Thu 06: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Garry Hadfield (keys) Bill Watson (trumpet) Josh Bentham (sax) Mark Hawkins (drums) Adrian Beadnell (bass)

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Line-Up Revealed For Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2017

(Press Release)
The global reach of jazz and the sheer range of music in today’s jazz scene are the threads that run through Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2017. The festival presents a dynamic mix of artists from Cuba, South Africa, Cameroon and throughout Europe alongside diversely talented artists from the UK and USA. Whilst the classic jazz tradition and the swinging sounds of the jazz big band remains at the heart of the weekend, next year’s festival also reflects the way that new generations of artists are telling the story of an ever-changing jazz landscape. The festival, the UK’s biggest held under one roof, fills four stages at Sage Gateshead from Friday 31 March to Sunday 2 April 2017. Tickets go on sale on Friday 2 December.

In the tradition…
The music’s rich heritage is brought to life in The First ladies of Swing.  Clare Teal and her 17 piece Hollywood Orchestra (led by Guy Barker) open next year’s festival and mark the centenary of the peerless Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne, alongside Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson and Peggy Lee, in a programme of timeless songs from the standard repertoire.

A more intimate approach to the art of vocal jazz is reflected in the collaboration between GRAMMY-winning pianist Alan Broadbent and singer Georgia Mancio, whilst the legacy of the jazz and swing big band continues to light the fire of young musicians in a collision between three of Europe’s finest – our own National Youth Jazz orchestra re-visiting their meeting with Germany’s BuJazzO and now joined by the NJJO (Netherlands Youth Jazz Orchestra).        

The story of a basement bar in Soho that became one of the world’s most famous jazz venues is told by the Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, with anecdote, visuals and live band.

Sounds of tomorrow...
Topping the bill on Saturday night are Mercury Award-nominated GoGo Penguin and Shobaleader One (the live project from Square pusher aka Tom Jenkinson) They play a double bill that places jazz in a brave new world of electronica and groove.  GoGo Penguin have created a massive international buzz with their debut recording on the signature Blue Note label, whilst Shobaleader One promote their new album fresh from an appearance at London’s Convergence Festival.

Miles Mosley has been described as the “Jimi Hendrix of the upright bass” as anyone who’s seen his
show-stopping performances as part of the Kamasi Washington band will testify.  He plays the festival as part of his first European tour as band leader and is one of a new breed of LA musicians who are re-defining today’s jazz.

Neil Cowley is an original talent whose series of trio albums are remarkable for their individual approach to the jazz piano trio format. His new album, Spacebound Apes, is no exception.

Jazz Africa/Jazz Cuba...
The festival’s third headline concert, Jazz Africa/Jazz Cuba,  charts a jazz journey from South and West Africa to the latin jazz of Cuba. Saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings (Sons of Kemet, The Comets are Coming, Melt Yourself Down) combines with a band of South Africa’s finest young players. The exquisite voice and irresistible basslines of Cameroonian Richard Bona (“the African Sting”) features his exuberant Mandekan Cubano Project, whilst the trio of fast-rising pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, mentored by none other than Quincy Jones, draws inspiration from a rich Cuban heritage.  Both Bona and Rodriguez featured on last year’s Quincy Jones Prom.

European Legends...
The festival always includes great performers from across Europe and next year is no exception. The festival welcomes celebrated Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stańko, a seminal figure in the evolution of jazz in the 60s, with an international quartet that includes Finnish pianist Alexi Tuomarila alongside a stellar US rhythm pairing of bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Gerald Cleaver.  They will play music from Stanko’s acclaimed album Wisłlawa, a tribute to Nobel Laureate Wislława Symborska. The festival also welcomes Amsterdam’s ten-strong ICP (Instant Composers Pool) Orchestra. Led by the iconic drummer Han Bennink, another seminal European voice from the 60s, the Orchestra has been probing the boundaries of jazz for four decades in music that draws from ragtime and early jazz, to be-bop, free-bop and anarchic. They will be paying tribute to the group’s co-founder, the pianist Misha Mengelberg, now too frail to perform, through a film and exhibition in his honour, as well as through the spirit of a landmark jazz ensemble.

UK and Europe today...
The 2017 festival features a strong line-up of emerging jazz stars. BBC New Generation Artist and award-winning trumpeter/composer Laura Jurd is, alongside GoGo Penguin, one of the British jazz stories of recent years.  She returns to Sage Gateshead with her quartet Dinosaur in a concert also featuring Norwegian tuba virtuoso and composer Daniel Herskedal and his trio. Both artists have also been given the opportunity to arrange new material for their bands with a string ensemble from Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead. 

Saxophonist and composer Trish Clowes is another UK breakthrough artist of recent years and presents her new project My Iris in a double bill with the evergreen and influential saxophonist Stan Sulzmann – an artist who’s been at the heart of UK jazz since he burst onto the scene in the 70s - performing here in duo with the fluent lyricism of pianist Nikki Iles

Described recently as ‘a significant new voice in British Jazz' pianist Paul Edis leads the regional youth jazz ensemble Jambone in a program of new music composed by special guests Matt Anderson and Zoe Gilby.

The ever popular free stage on the Concourse returns where on Saturday BBC Radio 3 will present a selection of national and international jazz artists recorded for a future edition of Jazz Line Up and on Sunday Jazz North East will present their choice of artists from the North and further afield.

Families can enjoy an energetic whistle-stop journey through jazz history with North East singer Zoe Gilby and her band and Amsterdam’s Instant Composers Pool present a family friendly edition of their festival concert.

Plus there will be festival workshops, talks, film, exhibitions, late night sessions and clubs and much more still to be announced. Keep an eye on the website for further updates.

The festival, produced by Sage Gateshead and London-based music producers Serious, is now in its 13th year.
Ros Rigby, Festival Producer, says: “We are very excited at the range of music we will be presenting at the 2017 Gateshead International Jazz Festival, from across Europe and beyond, and also at the number of younger performers now taking to the jazz stage, both producing their own music and paying tribute to the legacy of the past.” 

John Cumming, Director, Serious commentsThe great American trumpeter Don Cherry once described himself as a “world musician”. This definition of the art of the jazz musician lies at the heart of the 2017 edition of the GIJF – where artists from a diversity of cultures, generations and genders come together in a weekend that celebrates the extraordinary range of music that inhabits today’s jazz landscape”. 

With all events taking place under one roof it couldn’t be easier to move between concerts and try something new. Bookers can take advantage of the Jazz Multibuy – the more concerts booked across the weekend the more money saved. 

Tickets go on general sale Friday 2 December, 10am online at sagegateshead.com and 12noon at Ticket Office either in person or by calling 0191 443 4661. Sage Supporter pre-sale takes place on Thursday 1 December from 12noon at Ticket Office.


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