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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'"

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Postage

14264 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 83 this month (May 26).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Thu 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 26: Deep Pope + Garner & Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.00.
Thu 26: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 26: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 26: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 27: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Fergus McCreadie Trio @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.

Sat 28: Whitley Bay Carnival: Northern Monkey Brass Band (1:00-1:45pm & 4:00-4:45pm); Baghdaddies (2:00-2:45pm & 5:00-5:45pm) @ Spanish City Plaza Arena, Whitley Bay. Northern Monkey Brass Band (2:30-2:45pm) @ Rainbow Corner (Marine Ave.), Whitley Bay.
Sat 28: Jack Logan & the Swing Section @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 29 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Hartlepool United Supporters’ Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Groovetrain @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 29: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Allendale Village Hall, Northumberland. 7:30pm.
Sun 29: Two of a Mind: Sue Ferris-Steve Summers Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.
Sun 29: Jam session @ Fabio's Bar, Durham. 8:00pm. A Durham Uni Jazz Soc event. All welcome.
Sun 29: Cedric Burnside @ Cluny, Newcastle. Superb Mississippi hill country blues!

Mon 30: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

June

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

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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