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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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13862 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 81 of them this year alone and, so far, 81 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

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: Knats + Swannek @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:30pm. Free.
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.CANCELLED!

Sat 29: Lindsay Hannon & Martin Douglas @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Life Drawing & Live Music. Enrol at:

Sun 30 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 30: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 30: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 30: Hot Club du Nord @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 31: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

February 2022

Tue 01: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 10:00am - 12 noon. Rehearsal session (open to the public).

Wed 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 02: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 02: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 02: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 02: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 03: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 03: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ LIVE Concerts at Home. 1:15pm. A Newcastle University online only event.
Thu 03: John Williamson Trio @ Durham University (Music Dept.). 7:30pm. £5.00.
Thu 03: Chris Farlowe w Norman Beaker Band + Teresa Watson Band @ Newcastle Labour Club. 7:30pm. An evening of rhythm & blues.
Thu 03: Knats @ Daniel Farm Shop & Tea Rooms, Wylam. 8:15pm. £18.00. (inc. food from 7:00pm). A Wylam Winter Tales Festival event. SOLD OUT!
Thu 03: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 03: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Hear Me Talkin To Ya!

Surely this year can't have been that bad! I thought it the best year ever (but, of course, I'm biased).
Sadly, very few of our regulars have found time to send us their faves whether it be gigs, CDs, venues, books or egg sandwiches.
So, I'm making a last appeal for you to send me your memorable (musical) moments of the past 12 months. Your support is essential to justify the time spent keeping you up to date on jazz happenings.
PS: If you're unable to negotiate the blog's comment system then email me at


Roly said...

I didn't get to that many concerts this year but two memorable ones were Graeme Wilson's Quartet (the CD launch) and the CD too is very enjoyable. Great playing underpinned by his unique compositions.

Also, it was great to hear Lewis Watson with Mick Shoulder's Quintet.

Early in the year, I got a used copy of the book 'Cole Porter' a biog. by Charles Schwartz. What an amazing life he had. Family wealth and earnings from his prolific compositions meant that money was no object in enjoying life to the full and he really did. Sadly his accident (he fell from a horse and it rolled on his legs) blighted his life so a very sad aspect. What an amazing person though and when you look at the list of his compositions, an amazing output (of both music and ingenious lyrics).

If I dare mention this I just got a wee present in my Christmas stocking - Buddy Holly with the Royal Philharmonic. It's a sensitive undertaking, reworking old material in this way but what a magnificent and respectful job they've done on it. I think Buddy would have been overwhelmed. And some lovely sax playing (West Coast tenor) on True Love Ways. Apparently, the original saxophonist was Sam 'the man' Taylor. OK the CD isn't jazz but I don't know, his singing still, to me, has an emotional and tender quality that I find very touching. Maybe it's second (or third?) childhood? Anyway this CD is on, in the car, all the time just now!!

Steve T said...

I forgot to mention the latest John Scofield album, which is well worth it, especially for guitarists and guitar enthusiasts.

I don't particularly feel I've heard so many Jazz albums this year with my first love - chronologically and qualitatively - back centre stage after a few years in the back seat. The Great John Lias' two volumes Spinning Around: a History of the Soul LP are essential for any 'Real Soul' enthusiasts, even if it's loaded with info about chart positions (and a lack thereof) which, to mind, is as irrelevant in Soul as it is in Jazz.

FTQ on Sunday, with all four protagonists on fire, at least in the second set, has to go with my already top dozen, and since I'm not prepared to take out Tryptich or have an unlucky thirteen, I need to make it up to twenty.
Christian Scott Big Band at Cheltenham springs to mind, as does the Sun Ra Arkestra at GIJF. There were several ever so slightly disappointing Soul gigs by Maceo Parker, George Clinton, Leroy Hutson and Angie Stone (which made gig of the year in Blues and Soul mag).
The Muffin Men were less Jazz than the Zappatistas or RNCM, but Jazz is never far away with Frank. And then of course there were the two Yes bands - just kidding.

Gerry Richardson said...

All from YouTube - I don't get out much except on the Colnago [racing bike].

1. Joey DeFrancesco Trio, One Hundred Ways live. 12 minutes of unbelievable build/ technique etc.

2. Roberto Fonseca, Family, live at Maria 2016, great band, great tune.

3. Clarencefield Wheeler and the Enforcers, Right On. Fantastic organ bass and a huge sound for a quintet + backing vox.

4. James Brown, Tenga Tango. Maceo! Maceo! (Pretty sure it's Maceo Parker on sax.)

5. Tower of Power, On the Soul Side of Town. Saw them at Cheltenham Jazz fest, fantastic. Went in car, not on Colnago!

Ann Alex said...

Coffee Shop of the Year:
Nero Caffe, King Street, South Shields
Awarded for consistently good background music such as lots of Frank and Ella and quality jazz I can’t even identify.
The rock tracks played are also appealing (to me) eg prog rock.

Community Jazz Event of the Year:
A Jazzy Christmas
The Sage, Paul Edis and Friends, a lovely start to the festive week, with local people.

Festival of The Year:
(It is probably Ushaw Jazz Festival, but not for me as I can’t get there on public transport.)
No, it’s the Durham Festival, organised by The Empty Shop in the summer, especially seeing the Francis Tulip Quartet and the Julija Jacenaite Trio.
And so easy to book up for and you get a walking tour of the city by going to the various venues.

Gig of The Year:
Julija Jacenaite Trio (with Steve Glendinning and Paul Grainger) on 10th June at the Globe
I said it all in the review

CD of the Year:
Simone Kopmajer; Spotlight on Jazz
The latest one that I reviewed which had original songs which were the real thing.

Songs of The Year:
I must be honest, the songs which stand out for me are both rock songs. Probably to do with memories and emotions as well as song quality.

One Day Like This by Elbow
Thrilling music and superb lyrics ‘Throw those curtains wide, one day like this a year will see me right’

Creep by Radiohead
A song which lets you into another person’s viewpoint. Also done by Post Modern Jukebox, but too dramatically.

Steve T said...

Ann, I'm sure between us we can arrange your logistic problems for Ushaw. You'd love it.

Steve T said...

Yea, I need that one too Hugh. It never ends.

Biggest disappointment was missing Tommy Smith (now OBE) doing Trane at Ambleside; the biggest casualty of my smashed elbow.

Jerry E said...

I am abroad so much of the time that I miss a lot of top stuff – Ushaw Festival, for example – and many of the gigs I do attend will feature in other reviewers’ selections so here are some nominations from gigs not attended by other Bebop contributors:

Paul Edis Sextet @ Opus 4, Darlington. We don’t see enough of this sextet – a view reinforced by this excellent gig.

GIJF Day 3: Jambone with special guests Issie Barratt & James Brady. Young, local jazz musicians given centre-stage in their own community. Way to go, Sage!

Triptych – either the gig at Gosforth Civic Theatre or the similar set at The Fox in Hexham. Special mention for “Dark Ages”.

Zoe Gilby @ Crook. Special mention for “Red Right Hand” in a wonderfully eclectic set-list.

Noel Dennis – music of Miles Davis @ The Gala. Shedding light on my musical ignorance in a most enjoyable way!

Hot Club du Nord @ Crook. Gypsy jazz provides a great way into jazz for non-afficionados and Emma and the boys always deliver the goods. Marvellous!

I am such a skinflint (French friends accuse me of having a wallet made of peau de hérisson – hedgehog-skin!) that there’s not much to report on the CD front but I did buy one in 2018: Twelve Stories by Zoe Gilby. Emphatically money well spent.

Nick said...

At this stage in the year most of the gigs are starting to blur into each other but the three (well, technically four) that particularly stick in my mind are:

1) Peter Brotzmann/Full Blast at the Lit and Phil in October. Only three of them but they produced some volume (in a good way). I half expected the building to suffer some structural damage.

2) Skeltr at the GIJF in April and at the Durham City Jazz Festival in June. I'm sure that their planned appearance at the Jazz Cafe in February would also have been on the list if it hadn't fallen victim to the snow.

3) The Sun Ra Arkestra at GIJF. First time I've seen them live. Certainly hope to see them again.

Roly said...

A lot of memorable jazz right across the spectrum! And Mike Durham's International Classic Jazz Party must be one of the best festivals of its type (maybe THE best) anywhere in the world. And right here, on Tyneside.

David Brownlow said...

CD of the Year (not in any particular order):
Gil Evans Orchestra - Hidden Treasures
Marvelous to hear the legacy of The Maestro carried forward by his sons and dedicated musicians.....

Fred Hersch Trio'97 @ The Village Vanguard
Fred's earlier trio, vigorous and full of energy making history at The Village Vanguard.

Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra - Down a Rabbit Hole
Amazing, innovative and imaginative compositions and arrangements from this lady made it a standout CD.

Bob Mintzer Big Band /New York Voices
Exciting, compelling music all the way - taking the Hi-Los up to a new level !

Gig of the Year
Two stood out for me:
Greg Abate @ the Jazz Cafe
Hard working, adventurous & always gives generous praise to his accompanists.

Kevin Holbrough @ Lit/Phil 'Afternoon in Paris'
Unassuming, talented trombonist who provided a change from "the usual" taking his inspiration from JJ Johnson and making the unwieldy instrument look easy to play!

Steve T said...

Yea, Brotzmann was great; a helluva coup for Jazz North East. A short set rounding off a long night. Perhaps it needed to be short and would have lost it had it gone on with more of the same, or tamed it with something restrained. They came, exploded our heads and left.

Patti said...

Here you go - some of my favourites from 2018 - not in any particular order of preference though!

Ella and Duke Ellington. The Stockholm Concert, 1966.
Mike Davis and The New Wonders.
Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown. Lessons Lyrical.
Petra and Dennis Luxion. Because We're Night People.
Jo Harrop and Her Trio. Songs For The Late Hours.
The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of. Super Rarities and Unissued Gems of the 1920's and 1930's. On Yazoo label.
John Hallam and Jeff Barnhart. Mr Fine and Dandy.

I'll have a think about the gigs - there've been so many!

Francis Tulip said...

Observations from Birmingham:

Seun Kuti - Cheltenham Jazz Festival.
Roller Trio - Cheltenham Jazz Festival.
Phil Robson, Jed Levy, Oli Hayhurst, Clarence Penn - East Side Jazz Club, Birmingham.
Mike Williams Band - Olivers Bar, London.
Chris Potter/ Dave Holland/ Zakir Hussain - Edinburgh Jazz festival.
Jerry Bergonzi Quartet - East Side Jazz Club, Birmingham.
BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year - Festival Hall, South Bank, London.
Jean Toussant - Nottingham Theatre.
Paul Dunmall Quintet feat Hamid Drake - East Side Jazz Club, Birmingham.
Soweto Kinch - Hare and Hounds, Birmingham.

Ron Hampton said...

After careful consideration, I think that the Darlington Big Band on July 5. should have the title Teesside's Gig of the Year (of the ones I was involved in) with the high standard of musicians the arrangements and choice of the numbers played going down extremely well with the capacity audience it proved to be a most successful night at Dormans Jazz Club.

Patti said...

And here's the obvious one, that I shouldn't have left out, and certainly didn't mean to!
Pleasure Mad. Double CD of Live Recordings from the 2017 Mike Durham Classic Jazz Party.

Hugh C said...

For me it has to be the whole of the Ambleside Days Festival, the highlight gig being Johannes Berauher's Hourglass and the CD of the same name.

Santa has brought me Ant Law's new CD "Life I Know" which I have not managed to hear yet, but have great expectations!

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