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Bebop Spoken There

Steve Fishwick: “I can’t get behind the attitude that new is always somehow better than old”. (Jazz Journal, April 15, 2019).

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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.

Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

Postage

16542 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 422 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 17).

From This Moment On ...

June

Sun 23: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Matt Carmichael @ St Mary’s Church, Wooler. 3:00pm. Carmichael (saxophone), Fergus McCreadie (piano), Charlie Stewart (fiddle). ‘Scottish jazz, folk-roots & landscape’ Wooler Arts: Summer Concerts.
Sun 23: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Bede Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 23: Leeway @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 23: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 24: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 24: Remy CB @ The Hoppings, Newcastle Town Moor NE2 3NH. 5:00-7:00pm.

Tue 25: Louise Dodds & Elchin Shirinov @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 26: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 26: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 27: The Joni Project @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Joni Mitchell.
Thu 27: Lindsay Hannon’s Tom Waits for No Man @ Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm.
Thu 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 27: Loco House Band @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass)

Fri 28: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 28: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 28: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 28: Pete Tanton’s Chet Set @ Warkworth War Memorial Hall. 7:30pm. £10.00.
Fri 28: Paul Edis @ St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 28: Ant Law, Alex Hitchcock, Jasper Høiby & Sun-Mi Hong @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm. £15.40., £13.20.

Sat 29: Spat’s Langham’s Hot Fingers @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club.
Sat 29: Vermont Big Band @ Seahorse Pub, Whitley Bay Football Club. 7:30pm. £10.00. (inc. hot buffet).
Sat 29: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Jam Session @ the Dun Cow, Jesmond - October 10

(Review by Lance).
Want to make a fast buck? Sure you do. My advice is to get down to the bookies and back (each-way) the Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra in the 2019 Sunderland Big Band Festival. I make this forecast despite never having heard the current edition of the band but, going by the quality of those that sat in at last night's jam session, if the others are as good then a top 3 placing is, at the very least, almost guaranteed.
Remember you heard it here first.
The session had been chugging along nicely, the house trio excelling on Long Ago and Far Away; Emily and Doxy (was Johnny Mandel's Emily, Sonny Rollins' doxy or were they just friends?)
Kay Usher fiddled her way through Don't Get Around Much Anymore; Blue Bossa and Nuages. Graham Hardy blew with fire in his belly on In Walked Bud and romance in his heart with Body and Soul.

John Rowland suggested that It's Only a Paper Moon Blowing in his intense, stolid manner, he booted it home. The late Chris Yates might have described John as a  "Tough, Texas, Tenor, Titan". If John had come from Texas that is. On drums, Squadron Leader Morgan dropped enough bombs to flatten Byker and half of Walkergate and cause any drummers in the audience to go AWOL.
It was round about this time that the NUJO contingent arrived. Atkinson and Green joined up with Rowland for All Blues. Cool and laid back, muted Milesian trumpet and post-bop alto took the session up a notch.
One of the current alto wiz's, Alfonso, along with the returning Hardy and guitarist Cuxson played a spirited version of Nardis.  Cuxson, last spotted at a Jazz Café jam, appears to have traded in his Les Paul for a Strat and he impressed, staying on board for the rest of the set.
McDonald and Alcorn had a workout on Blue Trane. The latter's plastered nose didn't seem to hamper his blowing.
More sliding with McDonald and Kate Garnett on Mr. PC - J & K live!
Kate, formerly of Sage Gateshead's youth jazz ensemble Jambone, hung around and Alcorn joined her for My Funny Valentine which wasn't funny at all - that tune never is without the words.
St. Thomas was the closer with McDonald, Alfonso and Hardy driven along by Morgan, Grainger, Edis and Cuxson.
It goes almost without saying, that Edis was his usual swinging self and no doubt an inspiration to all the younger players present.
Lance.
Paul Grainger (bass); Paul Edis (piano); Russ Morgan (drums) + Kay Usher (violin); Graham Hardy (trumpet); John Rowland (tenor); Oscar Atkinson, Tom Alcorn (trumpets); Matthew Green, Jordan Alfonso (altos); Tom McDonald, Kate Garnett (trombones).

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