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Bebop Spoken There

Kenny Barron: "During the pandemic I got to do a lot more cooking. As long as you can read you can cook." - (DownBeat December, 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

14845 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1094 of them this year alone and, so far, 93 this month (Nov. 30).

From This Moment On ...

November

December
Mon 05: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 05: Sia Ahmad & Raymond MacDonald @ Blank Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Tickets: £5.00. from www.seetickets.com. Live recording session - note no late admissions. BYOB.

Tue 06: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (table reservations 0191 386 5556). Feat. Johnny Murphy (keyboards).

Wed 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 07: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 12 noon-3:00pm.Free. New!
Wed 07: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 07: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 07: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Last one of the year, resuming Jan 26.
Thu 08: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 08: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm.
Thu 08: Christmas Crooners @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Thu 08: Musicians Unlimited @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. £5.00. on the door.

Fri 09: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £25.00. 'Afternoon Jazz with Festive Lunch'.
Fri 09: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 09: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: Jason Isaacs @ Northern Rugby Club, Gosforth, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £25.00 (inc. two course Xmas meal). Isaacs performing with backing tapes.

Sat 10: Lindsay Hannon & Martin Douglas: Life Drawing & Improvised Music @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. TBC.
Sat 10: Alan Barnes Octet: A Jazz Xmas Carol @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £20.00. All-star band!

Sun 11: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 11: Spanish City Rollers @ Northumberland Square, North Shields. 12:30pm. Free. Community band inc. Graham Hardy.
Sun 11: Am Jam @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free. Jam session, all welcome.
Sun 11: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Xmas party feat. Mick Donnelly Quartet. 4:00pm. Tickets: £6.00 (admission from 12 noon).
Sun 11: Paul Skerritt @ Liberty Brown's, Sunderland. 1:00pm.
Sun 11: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Sun 11: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 11: DC Blues Band @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free. Blues Band.
Sun 11: Jason Isaacs @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 5:30pm. SOLD OUT!
Sun 11: Boys of Brass @ Stack, Seaburn. 6:00pm. Free.
Sun 11: Elda with Faye MacCalman + John Pope & John Garner @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Preview: The Maltings Jazz Weekend - October 13-15

(By Russell)
Berwick upon Tweed is the place to be this weekend. The Maltings’ inaugural ‘jazz weekend’ is a welcome addition to the region’s buoyant jazz scene. Bebop Spoken Here defines ‘the region’ as anything and everything jazz between Berwick in the north to Saltburn by the Sea in the south of the region and way out west to Haltwhistle.
Berwick Maltings presents occasional, high-quality jazz concerts and this new venture is nothing if not a top quality programme. Five events over three days, beginning on Friday evening (Oct 13th) with Don Paterson’s all-star Situation and concluding with a gumbo jazz brunch on Sunday (15th). Three concerts – Don Paterson’s Situation, Geoff Eales’ entertaining and informative ‘The History of Jazz Piano’ and an evening of Pat Metheny by way of Fred Thelonious Baker – plus a workshop with Baker and a farewell brunch make for a busy weekend up on the border.
The Don Paterson Situation (8:00pm Friday), formed last year by award-winning poet Paterson, is a quartet worth seeing any time and a fine way to launch this new venture at the Maltings. A guitar player from his youth, Paterson has found fame, if not fortune, as a poet. His first collection Nil Nil was awarded the Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection in 1993 and it was at this time that Lammas, the jazz-folk ensemble he formed with Tim Garland, was recording and touring regularly. Last year Paterson put together the ‘Situation’ featuring three of Scotland’s finest; Steve Hamilton, piano, Euan Burton, bass, and pocket dynamo, drummer Alyn Cosker. The concert takes place in the Henry Travers Studio starting at eight o’clock. Tickets £12.50. Further information and to book online www.maltingsberwick.co.uk

Saturday morning (11:30am) in the Stage Two Bar of the Maltings is an opportunity for jazz guitar enthusiasts to learn from one of the most respected tutors working in jazz education. Fred Baker,  widely known as Fred Thelonious Baker, will be conducting a guitar workshop for the intermediate to advanced guitarist examining the harmonic construction and modal aspects of improvisation. A rare opportunity to learn from a master craftsman. Tickets £8.00. Advance booking recommended.    

At two o’clock on Saturday afternoon (Oct 14th) Geoff Eales presents his ambitious ‘The History of Jazz Piano’ in which the Welsh-born pianist will survey the kaleidoscopic breadth of styles during a century or more of jazz from ragtime to Jelly Roll Morton, Art Tatum to Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans to Keith Jarrett and, of course, Eales himself. The performance will take place in the Henry Travers Studio, tickets £11.00.

American Dreams: The Music of Pat Metheny (at 8:00pm in the Henry Travers Studio) promises to attract a full house. Following his workshop earlier in the day, Fred Thelonious Baker will perform an affectionate set inspired by the great American guitarist Pat Metheny. Early career Matheny albums American Garage and Offramp will feature during the concert, and if anyone with a passing interest in jazz guitar is within striking distance of Berwick on Saturday evening, the Maltings is the place to be. The venue’s own publicity states: Sublime contemporary jazz of the highest quality. Tickets are £15.00. A sellout is likely, so, to avoid disappointment, telephone the box office: 01289 330999.

Berwick Maltings’ inaugural ‘Jazz Weekend’ concludes with a late Sunday morning (11:30am) New Orleans Jazz Brunch in the informal surroundings of the bar. Sunday newspapers, a Creole gumbo jambalaya and a ‘melting pot of jazz and blues’ is on offer for £25.00.
A three concert ticket package is available for £32.00. offering admission to Don Paterson’s Friday evening performance, Geoff Eales’ Saturday afternoon piano concert and Fred Thelonious Baker’s American Dreams: The Music of Pat Metheny. This first Maltings’ ‘Jazz Weekend’ is full of promise. To be sure of your tickets visit www.maltingsberwick.co.uk  or telephone 01289 330999.  
Russell.                       

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