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Roseanna Vitro: "Have you ever tried singing a bridge to a Charlie Parker song? It just looks like the craziest thing in the world to me.'" - (DownBeat, January 2022)

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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! --

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13848 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 67 of them this year alone and, so far, 67 this month (Jan. 20).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.
Sat 22: Ian Millar & Dominic Spencer @ Hamsteels Community Centre, Esh Winning. 8:00pm. £10.00.

Sun 23 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 23: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 23: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio + Knats @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. POSTPONED!.

Tue 25: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 10:00am - 12 noon. Rehearsal session (open to the public). .
Tue 25: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Murray Wankling, Paul Grainger, King David Ike-Elechi.

Wed 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 26: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm. .
Wed 26: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public). .
Wed 26: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm. .
Wed 26: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. .
Thu 27: Tobias Sarra & John Garner @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm. .
Thu 27: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm. .
Thu 27: Knats’ Night @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Knats + guests. .
Thu 27: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm. CANCELLED! .
Thu 27: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 28: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: Ian Millar & Dominic Spencer @ Bishop Middleham Village Hall, Ferryhill. 8:00pm. £10.00.
Fri 28: Struggle Buggy @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blues band.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Preview: Mike Durham's Classic Jazz Party @ The Village Hotel, North Tyneside November 2-4

(Preview by Russell).
Over many years trumpet player Mike Durham established the Whitley Bay Jazz Festival as the pre-eminent 'classic jazz' era festival this side of the Atlantic. In his memory, Mike Durham's Classic Jazz Party continues to lead the way with a galaxy of American, British and European jazz musicians descending annually on North Tyneside. This year's festival begins at noon on Friday (Nov 2) at the Village Hotel and runs non-stop through to late on Sunday. 

FRIDAY

Fittingly, the opening session - Tribute to Mike - stomps off with ace American trumpeter Duke Heitger leading an Anglo-American small group (12 noon). From there on in it's a fast and furious schedule of half hour or one-hour sets featuring a dazzling array of talent. 

Friday alone sees seven sets during the afternoon with a further five evening sets and then there is a late night jam session going on into the early hours! Every set is top class, but try these for example; 
Jack Pettis - Forgotten Saxophone Player looks at the work of John Baber 'Jack' Pettis in the 1920s. Aussie Michael McQuaid (reeds) heads a line-up including first time American CJP visitor Dan Levinson (reeds) and local hero tuba man Phil Rutherford. 
Jean Goldkette - After Bix is drummer Josh Duffee's affectionate tip-of-the-hat to the Goldkette band post-Beiderbecke. 
Americans in Paris surveys the French capital's 1930s jazz scene. American pianist David Boeddinghaus directs an all-European cast including the brilliant young French trumpeter Malo Mazurie, Matthias Seuffert (reeds) alongside the wonderful vocalist Nicolle Rochelle.

It's eleven at night. You're still standing? Right, make your way into the hotel's Victory Pub for a late night jam session!

SATURDAY

Wakey! Wakey! The CD stall is open for business from 10am. Alright, have a lie-in, but not too late as the action resumes at noon. 

Morten Gunnar-Larsen's Ophelia Ragtime Orchestra worked with Eubie Blake. Here at the Village Hotel, the Norwegian pianist enlists the help of some of his fellow CJP participants to revisit those far off days. Jamie Brownfield (trumpet) and Richard Exall (reeds) are but two of the conscripts (on parade at 1pm). 
At two o'clock maestro Keith Nichols asks the question - What would Buddy Bolden's Band sound like? Good question! Andy Schumm (cornet) is but one who'll try to come up with an answer.   

Saturday's evening session offers five sets before you retire to the Victory Pub for another jam session (11pm). 
At eight o'clock Chicago Clarinets pays tribute to Dodds, Noone, Simeon and Russell. Andy Schumm and Matthias Seuffert lead, the ebullient Ewan Bleach (reeds), Duke Heitger (trumpet) and an ace rhythm section, fall in. 
At ten, Claus Jacobi takes a look at Ellington in the 30s. Brownfield, Heitger and Mazurie sit in the trumpet section, genial American 'bone man Jim Fryer plays his part, Nick Ward occupies the drum stool and Ms Rochelle sings. 

SUNDAY

Yes, you've guessed it...Wakey! Wakey! The CD stall will take your hard-earned from ten, and Andy Schumm (comb) will scrub up, with a neat parting in his hair, at noon to recreate the sound (and look!) of Red McKenzie in a Mound City Blue Blowers' set. 
At 1pm, stand by...The History of Hot Drumming will do what it says on the tin. Four virtuosi - Messrs. Richard Pite, Nicholas D Ball, Nick Ward and Josh Duffee - could steal the show with this set, and, for good measure, Enrico Tomasso (trumpet) is in on it. 

A half-hour set at 9:30pm - Spat's Band - will prove, once and for all, if proof were needed, that the banjo, in the hands of Spats Langham, is a bona fide jazz instrument. Our other local star, Emma Fisk (violin), sits-in. 
The grand finale to the 2018 Classic Jazz Party is a real set-piece affair. The Nichols-Duffee Chick Webb Orchestra will pay homage to drummer Chick Webb, and who better to do so than the brilliant Josh Duffee? Another all-star line-up, what a way to end a fabulous weekend of jazz! 

Oh, yes, don't go just yet, there is a third and final late night jam session in the Victory Pub.  

For tickets email: wbjazzfest@btinternet.com

Weekend ticket: £160
Day ticket: £55  

The Village Hotel is conveniently situated just off the A19, bus no. 309 from Haymarket, Newcastle stops outside the venue, and bus no. 19 serves Northumberland Park Metro station.           

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