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Farewell Blues

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Bebop Spoken There

Michael League: "We flew back from Europe, and the second gig we [Snarky Puppy] did was in Arcata, California. There were two people. And one of them was the bartender." - (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

14806 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1074 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (Nov.24).

From This Moment On ...

November

Sat 26: Rat Pack - Swingin' at the Sands @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.
Sat 26: Jean Toussaint @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sun 27: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 27: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 27: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 27: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 27: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free. Sitters-in & audience welcome.
Sun 27: Nu Civilisation Orchestra @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 27: Jamil Sheriff's Five Gold Rings @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 28: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 28: Jeremy McMurray & Friends @ Billingham Catholic Club. 7:30pm. £5.00. at the door. A SVP fundraiser for Xmas food hampers.

Tue 29: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

Wed 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 30: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Wed 30: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 30: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 30: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

December
Thu 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 01: New York Jazz Night feat. Zoë Gilby @ The Keys, Yarm. 7:00pm. £30.00. (inc. meal). Tickets from Skiddle. Gilby w. Noel Dennis, Mark Williams & Andy Champion.
Thu 01: Bold Big Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Cluny 2.
Thu 01: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm. Paul Skerritt & James Harrison residency.
Thu 01: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 02: Swing Manouche @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 02: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 02: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 02: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 02: Durham University Big Band + Durham University Jazz Orchestra @ Kingsgate Bar, Durham Students' Union, Dunelm House, Durham. 7:00pm. £3.00. & £2.50. Fundraiser for Coppafeel.
Fri 02: Niffi Osiyemi Trio @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm.
Fri 02: Alligator Gumbo @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm. Xmas party.
Fri 02: Struggle Buggy's Almost Xmas Party @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Blind Pig Blues Club.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Jambone @ Sage Gateshead - January 18

(Review by Russell).
A concert by Sage Gateshead’s youth jazz orchestra is always a welcome event and despite a mid-January reminder of winter’s worst a good number of supporters took their seats in Sage Two for a one set performance of sixty minutes duration. The orchestra assembled on stage on time dressed in regulation all black attire.
The set list comprised four numbers; a Rodgers and Hart standard and three by Jambone MD Paul Edis. Putting names to most of the faces was a simple exercise given that Bebop Spoken Here has regularly documented the fortunes of the region’s premier youth big band. One new face, Ms Emily McDermott, the band’s vocalist, would sing on all four numbers, remaining on stage throughout.
McDermott, Alex Thompson playing clarinet, James Metcalf, trumpet, and Ben Lawrence, sitting at Sage Two’s Steinway, featured on the opening number, Edis’ It Ain’t Broke. McDermott possesses a fine voice, singing with assurance, if she was nervous it didn’t show. Will Ms. McDermott develop a jazz voice? Watch this space. Jambone MD Paul Edis informed the audience that Antonia Carlos Jobim’s signature jazz samba would add something a little different to The Long Way Round. A tale of Tyneside’s Metro rail system, try taking the scenic route – the long way round – to get a sense of Edis’ thinking as you travel from Newcastle to Whitley Bay via South Gosforth. Matthew Downey is the band’s guitarist, perhaps a little shy, a preference for being seated, but fully concentrated, took it out on a vamp alongside the ace Jambone rhythm section.

Lucien ‘Satchmo’ Guest stepped out of the trumpet section to join vocalist McDermott front of stage to play Louis to Jambone’s Ella. Great fun with some fine playing. My Funny Valentine (arr. P Edis) featured McDermott, of course, Alex Thompson on alto, and the band’s sole trombone player, Kate Garnett, with excellent work from the trumpet section. It isn’t often that a flautist gets an opportunity to show what they can do, but in this big band, not one but two fine players were duly given space; first Megan Robinson, then Imogen Davies-Pugh.

Edis’ Bite covered a lot of ground with just about everyone getting a chance to play on this, the final number of the evening. Solo contributions popped up all over the place but it would be remiss if the rhythm kings – bassist Alex Shipsey and drummer Dylan Thompson – didn’t get a mention. As sure as night follows day these young musicians will make it, if that’s what they want to do. Time will tell.    
Jambone is a ‘work in progress’ heading in the right direction and the Gateshead International Jazz Festival (April 6-8) offers a further opportunity to hear the band and, what’s more, the ensemble will be working with James Brady and Issie Barratt! Book your tickets now by calling Sage Gateshead’s ticket office – 0191 443 4661.
Russell. 
Paul Edis MD; Alex Thompson (alto saxophone & clarinet); Christopher Muir (alto & soprano saxophones); Ella Talbot (alto saxophone); Haaruun Miller (alto saxophone); Ryan de Silva (baritone saxophone); Kate Garnett (trombone); Imogen Davies-Pugh (flute); Megan Robinson (flute); Edward Hogben (trumpet); James Metcalf (trumpet); Lucien Guest (trumpet); Matthew Downey (guitar); Ben Lawrence (piano); Alex Shipsey (bass & double bass); Dylan Thompson (drums); Emily McDermott (vocals).

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