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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).

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

14581 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 859 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Sept. 21).

From This Moment On ...

September

Sun 25: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 25: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. CANCELLED!
Sun 25: Skylla + Pete Wareham-Ruth Goller-Will Glaser @ Bobik’s, Punch Bowl, Jesmond, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 26: Lewis Watson Quartet @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Tue 27: Beth Clarke @ British Legion Club, West Jesmond, Newcastle. 1:00-4:00pm. Free.
Tue 27: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).
Tue 27: Black is the Color of My Voice @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. One woman stage play (the life & times of Nina Simone).

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 28: Battle of the Bands @ NE Volume Music Bar, Yarm Lane, Stockton. Doors 6:00pm. Tickets: £5.00. adv., £6.00. on the door. Participants inc. Milne Glendinning Band.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 28: Black is the Color of My Voice @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. One woman stage play (the life & times of Nina Simone).
Wed 28: Laura Jurd @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 29: Ushaw Ensemble @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 1:10pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 29: Czajka & Puchaz + Mark Solborg + Anthropology @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Thu 29: ‘58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: La Sonora Boreal’s Latin Jam Session @ The Globe, Newcastle (7:45pm). Free (donations). Latin jazz performance & jam session.
Thu 29: Peter Morgan Trio @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

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: Alter Ego @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Fri 30: King Bee @ The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Independent, Sunderland. 9:00pm. £22.50. DJs + King Bee.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Preview: Ushaw Jazz Festival 2017

(Preview by Russell)
Today, at the start of the long August bank holiday weekend, the magnificent Ushaw estate once again plays host to the Ushaw Jazz Festival. Last year’s inaugural event proved beyond doubt that there is a demand for a major festival in County Durham. Jazz fans travelled from all four corners of Britain, with some making the journey from the European continent. This year’s programme is one of quality across three days starting today, Friday 25, to Sunday, August 27.
Director of Ushaw Jazz Festival 2017, Paul Edis, has assembled an array of talent beginning today with a performance by the Early Bird Band (6:00pm). In little more than two years, the development of this young ensemble of promising jazz musicians has been quite remarkable. To the credit of the individuals themselves one or two have already moved on to study at prestigious music schools, and this Ushaw appearance is your chance to check out the next generation.
At 8:00pm,  a treat is in store. The Paul Edis Sextet is one of the great small groups working on today’s British jazz scene. Led by pianist Edis, this hand-picked ensemble with a front line of trumpet, trombone and saxophone, crafts immaculate solos hewn from a growing library of impressive original compositions supported by a truly A-list rhythm section. Art Blakey and Oliver Nelson for the twenty-first century! £8.00.

Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang visit Ushaw on Saturday afternoon. Favourites Emma Fisk, violin, and James Birkett, guitar have quickly established a winning duo formula performing tunes associated with 1920s pioneers Venuti and Lang. Dazzling virtuosity is assured. Come along and be dazzled! One o’clock sharp, £8.00.

Early Bird alumni Francis Tulip brings in a quartet comprising of fellow Birmingham Conservatoire music students to play music inspired by John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter. Francis Tulip, guitar, Will Markham, keyboards, Tommy Fuller, bass, and Kai Charaeunsy, drums, are tipped to steal the show. Be there on what is sure to be a memorable occasion. Saturday 4:00pm. £5.00.

The music of Thelonius Monk offers something new every time. Endlessly inventive, the legendary pianist would, no doubt, be flattered that many of today’s musicians continue to be fascinated with his prodigious output. Saxophonist Graeme Wilson and pianist Paul Edis will maintain the highest of standards with their exploration of the great man’s music. A highlight of the weekend, 6:00pm, a fiver on the door. What a bargain!

The set-piece occasion of this year’s Ushaw Jazz Festival takes place in the Exhibition Hall at eight o’clock on Saturday evening. The Buck Clayton Legacy Band with Lady J recreates the music of one of the enduring partnerships in jazz, that of Buck Clayton and Billie Holiday. Trumpeter Clayton went into the studio in 1937 with members of Teddy Wilson’s band to first record with Holiday. Here at Ushaw, bassist, broadcaster and writer Alyn Shipton makes a welcome return to tell the story of Buck and Billie. Assisting Shipton along the way will be a roll-call of some of the best musicians out there including Alan Barnes, Ian Smith (charged with doing justice to Clayton!) and reeds maestro Matthias Seuffert. £10.00. on the door, but to be sure of your ticket, book in advance by telephone 0191 373 8500.

Any self-respecting jazz festival has a late-night jam session and Ushaw isn’t any different! Starting at 10:15pm, the Francis Thompson Room is the ideal setting for an informal blowing session. Free admission, the bar will be open, you are invited to come along to listen, or, better still, join in! Bring your horn, and you’re in. The Paul Edis Trio will form the house band for the occasion, the sitters-in should be numerous, and, pretty darn good!

Sunday’s schedule begins in a contemporary vein as Gateshead born Chris Sharkey reunites with fellow Gateshead lad, bassist Andy Champion, and drummer Joost Hendrickx to further develop a project initiated at Newcastle’s Jazz Café. Guitarist Sharkey has been reworking classic material from the ’50s and ’60s, melodies subverted, explored and ultimately restored. Highly recommended and a snip at £8.00., one o’clock start.

At 3:00pm Paul Edis invites all to participate in a Jazz Workshop. It’s a collaborative composition and improvisation workshop. Places are limited, available on a first-come-first served basis. To be sure of your place telephone the Ushaw hotline 0191 373 8500. Tickets £5.00.  

The closing event of this year’s Ushaw Jazz Festival features the award winning Leeds-based Tom Sharp Jazz Orchestra. The pad ranges from Buddy Rich to Tom Kubis and more. Sharp’s brilliant outfit won the ‘Best Band’ award at the 2016 Great North Big Band Jazz Festival. A big band delivering a big punch, this is a great way to end a weekend of top class jazz. 6:00pm. £10.00.

Ushaw offers rural tranquility (a couple of miles from Durham City), food, drink, free parking and, as Humph would have said: The very best of jazz. Telephone 0191 373 8500 or visit www.ushaw.org for details of day and weekend tickets.
Russell.                 

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