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Bebop Spoken There

Maurice J. Summerfield: "Over dinner one night Barney [Kessel] told me about his seminar The Effective Guitarist, and in 1972 my company presented the first of twelve annual UK seminars in Newcastle upon Tyne." - (Just Jazz Guitar, September 1997)

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

15087 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 106 of them this year alone and, so far, 4 this month (Feb. 1).

From This Moment On ...

February

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Rivkala @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sun 05: Jive Aces @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 05: Dale Storr @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 05: Jam No.13 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students alike).

Mon 06: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 07: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums). Jam session reverts to a first & third Tuesday in the month schedule.

Wed 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 08: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Free. TBC.
Wed 08: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 08: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 08: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 09: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 4:00pm (this week only). Free.
Thu 09: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00.
Thu 09: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 10: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 10: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller's Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

International Jazz Day @ The Globe Jazz Bar - April 30

April 30 - International Jazz Day. From St. Petersburg to Shoreditch to Newcastle and all points north, south, east and west the celebrations were taking place. Didn't you see the headlines in your local newspaper? Perhaps not.
Most of the big hitters were in St. Pete's and it would seem the Russians did them proud. Down in Shoreditch, in the opulent Town Hall, the celebrations were held in conjunction with the Jazz FM Awards which will be duly reviewed by our roving reporter Steve T. In Newcastle there was also a dual celebration at the less opulent Globe Jazz Bar, home of the Jazz Co-op. 
Four years to the day, The Jazz Co-op bought the pub and turned it into a venue featuring both local and national musicians and, on occasion, international musicians e.g. this coming Sunday (May 6) in a co-promotion with JNE, they present Pericopes + 1, an Italian/New York trio.
Last night though, the emphasis was on those local musicians who have helped keep the show on the road so to speak. 

I know it is unfair to single out individuals but I think there are few who would dispute the ultra-outstanding performance by the guitar duo of Bradley Johnston and James Birkett. In a perfect world these two guys would have been on the bill with Herbie Hancock and co. in St. Petersburg or picking up an award in Shoreditch. Their loss was our gain as we marvelled at the technique and empathy displayed by the two players. From Carl Kress and Dick McDonough to Pat Metheny (who, incidentally, was at Shoreditch picking up an award) they dazzled. Four Brothers could have been four saxes and if you ever hear Cherokee played by anyone else, this is the yardstick to judge it by.

Earlier, regulars from the monthly Sunday afternoon Am Jam sessions formed a quintet led by guitarist Keith Barrett and, as relative newcomers to jazz, they impressed. Sorry, I didn’t catch the names (somebody help me).

Four were actually a sextet (Mel Grundy - vocals; Andrew Guerin - trumpet; Bernie Ranson - alto/tenor; David Herbert - keys; Harry Hussaini - bass guitar; Ben Chilcott - drums)
Mel on vocals didn't take the easy route but chose some tricky numbers; Beautiful Love, Night and Day, I'm Foolin' Myself and Some Other Time. She handled them well. Ranson blew Lesterish tenor on Foolin' whilst Guerin's trumpet solo on Beautiful Love suggests we will be hearing more of him.

Dave Weisser's Take it to the Bridge sessions have been running, at various venues, for longer than a John Coltrane solo and have nurtured many a rising talent in the process. Twelve good men (and women) true to the cause took to the stage and impressed
Again, I didn't catch all of the names so my apologies to those I've missed, misspelled, or got totally wrong.
Dave Weisser (cornet/vocal/congas); Jude Murphy (flute/alto); Rachel Richman (alto); George Sykes (tenor); Barry Ascroft (keys); Stan, (the drummer with the vowelless surname); Roy Stephenson, Matthew Long (guitars); Drew ? (bass); Nigel ? (flugel); Johannes Dahluijsen (tenor); ?? (flute).
Please correct or advise me on any inaccuracies or additions.
Needless to say, it was a rousing set with good solos all round. 

Time was catching up with me and, regrettably, I had to leave after Blue Jazz Sextet's versions of Tenor Madness and Skylark and so missed Indigo Voices and Budtet. However, we still had a BSH presence so watch this space and well-done Jazz Co-op for your superb dual celebration.
Lance.
PS: The food was also first class!

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