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Kasia Delgado: "The naughtiest thing that I did at school was bunk off a maths lesson to practice my saxophone for a jazz band." - (i newspaper October 21, 2021)

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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.
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Postage

13,837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1254 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 23).

From This Moment On ...

October

Sat 23: Mary Coughlan @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 23: Têtes de Pois @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 24 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 24: Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 24: Milne Glendinning Band @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 25: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 26: Classic Swing @ Ship inn, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the band’s weekly residency will be fortnightly until further notice.
Tue 26: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the Black Swan’s fortnightly jam session.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Friday, September 29, 2017

All Aboard the Durham Music Service Jazz Express!

(Review by Russell)
On 27 September 1825 the world’s first steam locomotive public passenger service opened on the Stockton and Darlington railway. Exactly one hundred and ninety two years later on 27 September 2017 the Durham Music Service Jazz Express celebrated the historic occasion with a jazz concert at Locomotion, National Railway Museum, Shildon.  
Civic dignitaries wearing chains of office took their front row seats to enjoy an evening of big band jazz. Two fantastic bands – Durham Alumni Big Band and Durham County Youth Big Band – were joined by Graeme Robinson’s Locomotive Rhythm project, each band playing one set to a Shildon big band jazz and steam train buff audience. 
Durham Alumni Big Band is comprised of the County Youth Big Band’s former members – the ‘alumni’. The Alumni is an award winning band and there isn’t a weak link in the line-up. Directed by Shaune Eland, the band commissioned composer and trumpeter Matt Roberts, himself a former member of the orchestra, to write a suite of music which would  be Durham Music Service’s contribution to Shildon’s anniversary year. A key element of the  band’s success is the sheer commitment shown by all of the musicians. Some travel many miles to  rehearsal sessions and concert performances, Roberts himself making the journey from London.

The band opened with Invitation featuring Roberts’ train whistle – simple but effective! Ted Heath’s arrangement of Honeysuckle Rose got the dignitaries’ feet tapping as did Bernie’s Tune featuring a five strong trumpet section – the regular hot shot four plus Matt Roberts – and a fiery alto solo from Daniel Johnson. Another number from the Ted Heath pad – Kenny Graham’s King’s Cross Climax – established a tenuous link with the Stockton and Darlington railway celebrations. More choo choo doings in the guise of an updated Chattanooga Choo Choo preceded Robert’s commissioned piece Homeward. The composer spoke of the east coast main line train journey that he often takes – this, in part, the inspiration for the composition, itself one section of The Train suite. Alex Baker on tenor and Jonny Dunn playing flugelhorn excelled, as they so often do. Shaune Eland thanked everyone for their time and commitment, and, by way of an encore, it was all aboard for Tuxedo Junction.

Earlier, Durham County Youth Big Band played a short set. The high standard of musicianship was  to be expected, and, as is the way, several members of the band are moving on. Indeed, some are already studying at university, and, once again, showed their commitment in returning home to play this gig. The band will lose up to six members from across the sections. Vacant chairs will be filled, the next generation is upon us. Earth, Wind and Fire’s Into the Storm whipped up the proverbial as Omar Shade blew gutsy baritone and Sammy Nestico’s Odyssey heard good section work from the trombones. Gut Bucket Blues recalled the late Abram Wilson’s workshop session with the band – trumpeter Matthew Robinson’s rasping solo impressed as did Beth Roberts’ alto saxophone solo.
Roberts featured again on On the Sunny Side of the Street and The Look of Love. The band’s final number was, no less, a world premiere! With Matt Roberts, flugelhorn at the ready, joining the band to play his composition Steamfunk, this was great stuff.

Locomotive Rhythm is Graeme Robinson’s unique project taking as its inspiration the history, toil,  sweat, and nuts and bolts of the region’s railways. A percussion set up incorporating iron and steel parts forged and foraged from the area’s rich industrial past bolted on to present day technologies made for an intriguing listen. Robinson created all manner of clanking rail yard sounds. Joining him on this gig were Kevin Eland, trumpet, Alex Baker, tenor, Gavin Bell, bass, and Chris Rutherford on guitar. The titles of the pieces sought to place the music in the community; familiar places – Myers Flat Battery, Grey Horse (not one, but two local pubs), Hometown and Diesel Multiple Unit. Yes, an ‘industrial’ jazz performance with atmospheric tenor saxophone from Alex Baker and ghostly Miles’ muted horn from an on form Kevin Eland. Locomotive Rhythm is an unusual project. It’s a fair bet that Graeme Robinson is an enthusiast when it comes to the region’s railway heritage.    
   
Durham Alumni Big Band: Shaune Eland MD, Matt Roberts, Ian Robinson, Tom Hill, Jonny Dunn, Matthew Robinson trumpets; David Hamilton, Andrew Kirtley, Terry O’Hern, Alastair Wood trombones; Danielle Drew, Alex Baker, Daniel Johnson, Kirsty Dunn, Omar Shade saxophones; Ben Connor piano, Mick Shoulder bass; Stephen Fletcher drums   

Shildon’s part in the development of the railways cannot be underestimated and Locomotion plays an important role as an invaluable free admission educational resource preserving historic engines and rolling stock for future generations. Visit: www.nrm.org.uk     
Russell

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