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Bebop Spoken There

Maurice J. Summerfield: "Over dinner one night Barney [Kessel] told me about his seminar The Effective Guitarist, and in 1972 my company presented the first of twelve annual UK seminars in Newcastle upon Tyne." - (Just Jazz Guitar, September 1997)

The Things They Say!

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!

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

Postage

15080 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 99 of them this year alone and, so far, 99 this month (Jan. 30).

From This Moment On ...

January

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. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewwitt (alto sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Dilutey Juice @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Smoove & Turrell @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £25.00.
Fri 03: TBA @ Prohibiton Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Rivkala @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sun 05: Jive Aces @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 05: Dale Storr @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 05: Jam No.13 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students alike).

Mon 06: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Friday, March 01, 2019

A Strictly Smokin' Farewell - Feb 28

(Review/photos by Russell)

Some six years on it was 'goodbye' to the Millstone. Yes, the Strictly Smokin' Big Band's monthly open rehearsal night has run its course down on Haddricks Mill Road and in future your regular date with one of the finest big bands around will be at one of Newcastle city centre's very best pubs.

This farewell South Gosforth appearance came hot on the heels of the SSBB's triumphant concert with guest star Mark Nightingale. It would soon become evident that the eighteen-piece big band was still on a collective high. One or two deps were drafted in - Jamie Toms' tenor chair being occupied by Sue Ferris and Dick Stacey's absence from the trumpet section covered by Elliott Todd - otherwise it was the now familiar faces sitting in the sections. 

Home Groan opened the show, the tune the first of several reprising the band's Sage Gateshead concert. Vocalist Alice Grace was on hand to sing Mean to Me and Fascinating Rhythm, the latter featuring Sue Ferris' tenor sax solo. Singer and band were on top form, and, as one seasoned big band fan noted, the SSBB's first rehearsal session following a big concert occasion always seems to find the band at the top of its game - a point well made!


Harold Arlen's Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Alice Grace singing Let's Do It, this final Millstone session was shaping up to be one of the very best. MD Michael Lamb told us - true or not it's a good story! - that during the band's concert with Mark Nightingale, Keiran Parnaby turned round and said he could do better than that as their virtuoso guest trombonist played Don't Mention the Blues. Well, Lamb said this Parnaby's big chance as they were about to play the number. Much laughter ensued. Did KP look a tad nervous? This was great fun! And it came to pass that KP's Herculean effort gave Nightingale a run for his money and, what's more, the reeds reproduced their fine in-concert performance. 

Film Noir Part 1 resumed hostilities after the break with Keith Robinson's alto feature riding on Guy Swinton's Blakey-like drive. More good work from Swinton, this time with brushes in hand, as Ms Grace produced another knockout version of Mad About the Boy. The band took One Note at a Time one note at a time and, unsurprisingly, got them all in the right order with solos from Pav Jedrzejewski on guitar, Dave Kerridge, tenor, 'bone man Chris Kurji-Smith and ace American trumpeter Pete Tanton. 

You're the Top insisted AG, informing the on-side audience that this would be the Anita O'Day take with the spotlight trained on the 'bones; Parnaby, Kurgi-Smith, Mark Ferris and bass 'bone John Flood. Hard Hearted Hannah sang AG - quite simply it doesn't get any better than this. 

Pav and the rhythm section boys swung it like crazy on Not Just a Date with Laurie Rangecroft the baritone anchor. The Heat of the Moment took flight, nothing could keep the SSBB in check on this one as the ensemble blazed a trail...a trail that was was about to see them leave the Millstone for the last time. How about some Ella/Alice Grace? That Old Black Magic. Perfect. 

Goodbye Millstone, hello Bridge Hotel...stay tuned to BSH for further details.         
Russell

Michael Lamb MD, Pete Tanton, Gordon Marshall, Elliott Todd (trumpets); Mark Ferris, Keiran Parnaby, Chris Kurgi-Smith, John Flood (trombones); Dave Kerridge, Sue Ferris, Steve Summers, Keith Robinson, Laurie Rangecroft (reeds); Pawel Jedrzejewski (guitar), Graham Don (piano); Michael Whent (bass); Guy Swinton (drums); Alice Grace (vocals).

1 comment :

Keith Robinson (on F/b) said...

Thanks Russell for your support, reviews, and enthusiasm over the years. Hopefully, see you down at The Bridge.

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