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Bebop Spoken There

Victor Wooten: "People don't expect to have bass players get together and sound like music and not just like a bunch of elephants" (JazzTimes April, 2022)

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! --

Postage

14226 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 445 of them this year alone and, so far, 45 this month (May 13).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Sun 15 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 15: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne, nr. Newton Aycliffe. 1:00pm.
Sun 15: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 15: James Kitchman & Bruno Heinen @ Hexham Abbey. 7:30pm. £12.50. (ticket inc. admission to Abbie Finn Trio concert). Hexham Jazz Festival.
Sun 15: Trish Clowes’ My Iris @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. adv., £12.00. door.
Sun 15: Abbie Finn Trio @ Hexham Abbey. 9:00pm. (£ see above). Hexham Jazz Festival.

Mon 16: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 16: Swing Manouche @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Tue 17: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Abbie Finn.

Wed 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 18: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 18: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 18: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 19: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 19: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 19: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 19: 58 Jazz Collective @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. TBC.

Fri 20: Andrea Vicari Trio @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Vicari (piano), Andy Champion (double bass), Abbie Finn (drums).
Fri 20: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: Swing Bridge @ Garden House Coffee, Hallgate, Hexham. 4:05pm.
Fri 20: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 20: Customs House Big Band w Ruth Lambert @ Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm.
Fri 20: Andrea Vicari Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club. Vicari (piano), Andy Champion (double bass), Abbie Finn (drums).

Sat 21: Elkie Brooks @ Whitley Bay Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra @ The Hippodrome, Darlington. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 22 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 22: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 22: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 22: Abstract Orchestra plays J Dilla @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Sun 22: Panharmonia @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 23: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Friday, March 01, 2019

Lazy River Jazz Band @ The Exchange, North Shields - Feb 27

Chris Perrin (clarinet, alto sax, piano); Veronica Perrin (trumpet, melodica, vocals); John Crisp (trombone, vocals); Ian Bradshaw (guitar); Phil Rutherford (sousaphone)
(Review.photos by Russell).

You have a tour of southern Spain coming up, band members live across the north of England, how best to arrange a rehearsal session? The Exchange in North Shields seemed like as good a location as any, set a date, turn up and play, oh, and invite anyone in the vicinity to drop by to listen. 

The Lazy River Jazz Band duly assembled in North Shields, an audience materialised and a low key gig got underway with That Teasin' Rag. The five-piece band (two others will meet up with their bandmates for the trip abroad) appreciated the fact that some Dixieland fans made the effort to get along and it was down to Veronica Perrin to make the announcements in between playing trumpet, melodica (on one number), mini washboard (similarly, on one number only) and singing a few numbers. Percolatin' Blues (a rarely heard number, said Perrin) and Someday Sweetheart (a feature for local lad Phil Rutherford on sousaphone) kept things moving along.


Old Fashioned Love followed by The Coffee Grinder kept the pot simmering nicely as Chris Perrin swopped clarinet for alto sax for a Latin oddity - Mama Inez - which John Hallam, sitting at an adjacent table, recalled from dance band gigs. The setlist was nothing if not varied and the Lazy River crew got back on course sailing the down the Tyne/Mississippi King Oliver-style with the appropriately titled Riverside Blues

Veronica Perrin diverted the band down a  Kentucky country road for a 'bit of country' playing an instrument familiar (not!) to Buddy Bolden...the melodica. What would the legendary figure have made of it?! Artie Matthews' Weary Blues restored order just in time for an interval pint of Thomas Brown. 
 
During the interval, Chris Perrin wandered over to the house upright to quietly play some impressive piano from ragtime to stride. 

Buddy's Habit resumed matters, Mama's Gone, Goodbye and a traditional hymn - At the Cross - sought to transport us from high above North Shields' Fish Quay to the Louisiana bayou as the Lazy River Jazz Band went for it on Clarence Williams' Cushion Foot Stomp. Two sets of New Orleans to Dixie and beyond, our soon-to-be European tourists were about ready to call it a day but not before a spirited Some of These DaysGospel Train (by way of a brief waltz into Tennessee country) and, of course, (Up a) Lazy River.        
Russell

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