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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

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The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

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

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15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Fri 27: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm. SOLDOUT!
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Hip Hop Hooray @ Bar 52, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Fri 27: John Dikeman, Pat Thomas, John Edwards, Steve Noble @ Lit & Phil. 7:30pm. £10.00.
Fri 27: Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £10.00. on the door. A Swung Eight event.
Fri 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Ragtime & stride piano. 8:00pm.

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Mike Durham's Classic Jazz Party 2018 @ Village Hotel, Newcastle - Nov 2 (evening)

(Review by Russell)
The Professor 1 began Friday's evening session. The opening half hour piano set is an established part of the programme (other 'professors' - nos. 2 and 3 - would perform on Saturday and Sunday evenings) and on this occasion, the floor was Martin Litton's. The elegant Litton's masterclass included one of his favourites - Willie 'The Lion' Smith's Keep Your Temper - and Ellington's Lady of the Lavender Mist.

Post WWI Americans in Paris offered Crescent City pianist David Boeddinghaus the opportunity to look at the life and work of some of his fellow Americans who chose to stay on in Europe after the Great War. Assisted by France resident New Yorker Nicolle Rochelle, Frenchmen Malo Mazurié, trumpet and Henry Lemaire on guitar, Germany's Matthias Seuffert and Norway's Lars Frank playing the reeds and the British engine room boys Malcolm Sked, string bass (as opposed to double bass, this is a connoisseur's 'classic jazz' era festival, you know!) and the ramrod straight Richard Pite behind the traps, Boeddinghaus' set offered an insight as to how it must have been. Two piano playing Freddys - Johnson and Taylor - featured; the former recorded Harlem Bound (perhaps an unfulfilled wish) for Brunswick in Paris (1933), the latter Viper's Dream.  

Ewan Bleach & His Levee Loungers found the self-effacing Bleach perhaps a tad nervous. Super talented, nerves cast aside, Bleach blew some hot, hot, hot clarinet sharing the stand with good time piano man Jeff Barnhart, Brits Martin Wheatley (banjo, guitar) and on bass Graham Hughes (usually heard playing trombone, slide or valve) and the ever-smiling, immaculate Josh Duffee (drums). Cole Porter's You'd be so easy to love hit the spot and Jerome Kern's Old Man River couldn't have been hotter if they'd tried a million times over. 

Duke Heitger's short set (Dan Levinson, reeds) heard the American on trumpet and singing, on this occasion, The Very Thought of You. An excellent half hour.  

The closing set brought Keith Nichols to the stand. The CJP's senior guest knows a thing or two about the King of Swing and his Benny Goodman Orchestra 1935 programme held the full house spellbound. A starry line-up (including the trumpets of Jamie Brownfield, Malo Mazurié and Duke Heitger, Dan Levinson on tenor and Ms Joan Viskant battling laryngitis) revisited Goodman's successful 1935 Los Angeles period. A hot Get Happy, Viskant singing You Turned the Tables on Me (arr Fletcher Henderson), the rarely heard Ballad in Blue and, a phrase Nichols is fond of using, a couple of 'tear-arse' numbers, namely Sweet and Hot and, with Richard Pite as Gene Krupa, Hooray for Hollywood

Eleven o'clock, no time for the jazz fan to rest...into the bar for a late night jam session. Standing in the crowded bar with pint in hand made note-taking somewhat difficult. Suffice to say it was a tremendous session with the last knockings approaching silly o'clock. The photo shows (left to right), Michael McQuaid, Nicolle Rochelle, Jacob Ullbeger, Mike Davis and Graham Hughes.    
Russell

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