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Pat Thomas: “He’s definitely one to watch, he's going to be a breath of fresh air for the jazz scene. What I like is he [Xhosa Cole] plays like Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins - you don't hear anybody come from that. He knows tunes like "Fried Bananas" by Dexter Gordon and he can play free as well." - (The Wire September 2021)

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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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Postage

13,685 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1102 of them this year alone and, so far, 46 this month (Sept. 13).

From This Moment On ...

September

Fri 17: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: Abbie Finn's Finntet @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington. 8:00pm.

Sat 18: Baghdaddies @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 18: David Gray Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 19: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 19: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Westbourne Road, Hartlepool TS25 5RB. 1:00pm. South Durham Social Club aka Steelworks or Steelies. New venue for Teesside's premier big band.
Sun 19: Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 19: Green Tangerines + Knats @ Punch Bowl Hotel, Newcastle. 3:30pm.
Sun 19: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 20: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public)
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Celebrating TITTB's 20th anniversary & Dave Weisser's forthcoming birthday! Limited gig tickets (£1.00.). Free live stream. www.jazz.coop.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall 8:00pm. .
Thu 23: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside, Gateshead. 8:30pm. .

Fri 24: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: FILM: Jazz on a Summer's Day + Swing Bridge Trio (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 7:00pm.

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Customs House Big Band @ Dormans Jazz Festival Middlesbrough - May 2

(Review by Ron H)

The series of guest bands contributing to the Mini Jazz Festival was brought to a close with a magnificent performance by the Customs House Big Band led by Peter Morgan and with Ruth Lambert on vocals  playing to a capacity and enthusiastic audience.

Starting the first set with Recuedos from the Stan Kenton’s Cuban Fire album and fine solos from Mick Hill, Dave Brocklesby and Jim McBriarty on tenor, gave the audience a flavour of what was to be an exciting night of big band music.

Gershwin’s There's A Boat That’s Leaving Soon For New York had an excellent alto solo from Alan Marshall and Bob Florence's Nobody's Human featured a fine piano solo from John Stevenson.

Ruth Lambert took centre stage to sing The Very Thought Of You, following  it with a swinging Our Love Is Here To Stay.

Interesting arrangements of Bluer Than Blue, Blue Bossa and Ruth Lambert’s moving version of The Man I Love, before the first set was brought to a close with a great  version of Basically Blues with a fine trombone solo from Neville Hartley.

Bob Florence's arrangement of Afternoon of a Prawn got things rolling again before moving on to Monk's take on Sweet Georgia BrownBright Mississippi - with solos from all the big hitters.

Ruth returned to sing That Ole' Devil Called Love and Almost Like Being In Love in her usual inimitable way. After the relaxed Easy Street, A Narrow Escape featured Bradley Johnston, an excellent drum solo from Abbie Finn and bass from Karen Maughan. 

Don't Know Why, a modern ballad, was beautifully sung by Ruth before the night almost ended with Steppin' Out before Ruth stepped up for the encore – Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhapssinging the version used as the theme tune in the TV series Coupling.

This excellent band led by Peter Morgan on bass trombone brought the mini-festival to an end giving a delighted audience a night to remember.

I must apologize to the musicians that I failed to mention as I was so engrossed in listening to the band to make more than quick notes.

Once again, thanks go to Dormans Club for their help and support.
Ron H

Bob Temple, Mick Hill, Ken DeVere, Ben Chinnery, (trumpets); Dave Brocklesby, Neville Hartley, Michael Fletcher, Peter Morgan (M.D.) (trombones); Alan Marshall, Sue Hurrell, Jim McBriarty, Josh Bentham, Chris Kaberry, (saxes); John Stephenson (piano); Karen Maughan (bass); Abbie Finn (drums); Bradley Johnston (guitar); Ruth Lambert (vocals).

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