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Bebop Spoken There

Raymond Chandler: “ I was walking the floor and listening to Khatchaturian working in a tractor factory. He called it a violin concerto. I called it a loose fan belt and the hell with it ". The Long Goodbye, Penguin 1959.

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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.

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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

16350 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 230 of them this year alone and, so far, 27 this month (April 11).

From This Moment On ...

April

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 18: NONUNONU @ Elder Beer Café, Chillingham Road, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 18: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm). £8.00. + bf. Support act TBC.
Thu 18: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band night with Just Friends: Ian Bosworth (guitar); Donna Hewitt (sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums).

Fri 19: Cia Tomasso @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. ‘Cia Tomasso sings Billie Holiday’. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Tweed River Jazz Band @ The Radio Rooms, Berwick. 7:00pm (doors). £5.00.
Fri 19: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Levitation Orchestra + Nauta @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £11.00.
Fri 19: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.

Sat 20: Record Store Day…at a store near you!
Sat 20: Bright Street Band @ Washington Arts Centre. 6:30pm. Swing dance taster session (6:30pm) followed by Bright Street Big Band (7:30pm). £12.00.
Sat 20: Michael Woods @ Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Acoustic blues.
Sat 20: Rendezvous Jazz @ St Andrew’s Church, Monkseaton. 7:30pm. £10.00. (inc. a drink on arrival).

Sun 21: Jamie Toms Quartet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 21: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Holy Grale, Durham. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: The Jazz Defenders @ Cluny 2. Doors 6:00pm. £15.00.
Sun 21: Edgar Rubenis @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blues & ragtime guitar.
Sun 21: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 21: Art Themen with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. +bf. JNE. SOLD OUT!

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30-3:30pm. £12.00. ‘St George’s Day Afternoon Tea’. Gig with ‘Lashings of Victoria Sponge Cake, along with sandwiches & scones’.
Tue 23: Jalen Ngonda @ Newcastle University Students’ Union. POSTPONED!

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: Sinatra: Raw @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. Richard Shelton.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Jambone @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle - Dec 1

(Review by Russell)

A Jambone concert is always worth getting along to. It's a chance to gauge the development of the band and spot potential star performers of tomorrow. The weather had been rather unkind all day yet a good number made the effort to support Sage Gateshead's youth jazz orchestra.

Seven pieces were in the programme; five compositions by Jambone's MD Paul Edis and the MD's arrangements of two well-known tunes. Edis' Sunny Blues - a world premiere, said Edis - introduced a number of soloists to the J's & B's audience; Jack Pearce, alto sax, Ferg Kilsby, trumpet, Sue Ferris*, baritone sax, Graham Hardy*, trumpet, and drummer Maeve Thorpe. 

The World is Never Still thought Edis, so, he wrote a tune about the matter. Vocalist Emily McDermott led off (think Norma Winstone) closely followed by Zak Parlby's tenor solo, flautist Megan Robinson (a senior member of the orchestra these days!) and fearless young trumpeter Ferg Kilsby. 

Lullaby of Birdland (arr. Edis) featured Emily's crystal clear singing, Zak and Ferg soloed once more with Maeve confidently handling an exchange of fours with the band's sections. Embrace the Silence (comp. Edis) challenged the young musicians and they coped remarkably well from the off; from bassist Alex Shipsey's bowed intro to the flutes of Megan and section partner Imogen Davies-Pugh through to further solos by Zak and Ferg.

What 15 Feels Like is a companion piece to What 13 Feels Like. As MD Edis explained, the title alludes to the time signature and, perhaps, what it feels like to be 13, or, in this case, 15 and the teenage angst that goes with the territory. A tricky time signature perhaps, but, as Edis said, the idea was to challenge the Jamboners. During a residential weekend earlier in the year the band worked on the piece without the dots and this evening's performance in Fenham sparkled with a sense of freedom as first Haaruun Miller blew fearsome clarinet, Megan then ripping into it before guitarist Tom Henery cranked it up big style. 

We were yet to hear from Fabio de Sousa. Edis' When I Was Young was the trombonist's opportunity and he took it. He's been known to sit-in at jam sessions so, flanked by Sue Ferris to his left and Graham Hardy to his right, he wasn't about to be phased by the occasion and he wasn't.  

To close Jambone's set, something seasonal...We Three Kings. Graham Hardy blew, and, for the first time, pianist Edgar Ho, showed what he could do. This Saturday evening concert, facilitated by Sage Gateshead's Young Musicians Programme, should be considered a success every which way - young musicians gained performance experience (for some it was a debut performance!), receiving applause for their efforts would be a boost to their confidence and, in sharing a platform with Hardy and Ferris, gain an insight to the everyday working life of the professional musician.   

Jambone: Haarun Miller, Zak Parlby, Jack Pearce, Sue Ferris (reeds); Ferg Kilsby, Graham Hardy (trumpets); Fabio de Sousa (trombone); Imogen Davies-Pugh, Megan Robinson (flutes); Tom Henery (guitar); Edgar Ho (piano); Alex Shipsey (double bass/ bass guitar); Maeve Thorpe (drums); Emily McDermott (vocals); Paul Edis (MD).                

Earlier in the evening, Paul Edis sat at J's and B's Kawai piano to play Young at Heart. Jambone's MD invited Graham Hardy to join him in a spirited In Walked Bud followed by an Edis-Sue Ferris duo performance of Stardust. Ferris' extended baritone solo proved to be a major highlight. Finally, as a trio, Edis, Hardy and Ferris romped through St Thomas
Russell. 

Paul Edis (piano); Graham Hardy (trumpet); Sue Ferris (baritone sax)

* Graham Hardy and Sue Ferris kindly assisted Paul Edis in bolstering the under-strength orchestra. Jambone would welcome enquiries from those wishing to join the region's leading youth jazz orchestra. For further information email: youngmusicians@sagegateshead.com 


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