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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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13,508 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 926 of them this year alone and, so far, 90 this month (July 27).

From This Moment On

Wed 28: Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Assembly Rooms, 40 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3ET. 9:20pm. £8.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event (www.durhamfringe.co.uk).

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Sat 31: Lindsay Hannon @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Lindsay previews new, original material.

Sat 31: jaktar + Johnny Richards @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion.

August

Sun 01: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 01: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Leeds College of Music graduate guitarist (Masters, Jazz Performance & Composition).

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra @ The Globe, Newcastle - May 6


(Review by Russell)

A bank holiday Monday at the Jazz Co-op's HQ on Railway Street brought out a good number of folk to listen to the Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra (NUJO). A truly 'big' big band - four trumpets, three 'bones, six saxes, two alternating pianists, an award-winning guitarist, bass player, drummer and four vocalists (one of them doubling on alto sax, another from the trumpet section) - out for a good time with, for some of them, examinations on the horizon.

NUJO's bulging pad is nothing if not varied - Watermelon Man, Wonderwall, ensemble whistling to accompany alto saxophonist Matt Green's vocal on Mr BojanglesChameleonMack the Knife, female vocals on Sir Duke. 

 The university orchestra has so much material that we got not the usual two sets but a bonus third set. The trumpets worked hard and partied hard in equal measure with Tom Alcorn's lung-busting efforts the icing on the NUJO cake. 

Equally lung-busting work from 'bone man Tom McDonald won applause from within the band and from the Jazz Co-op audience. A cut from The Atomic Mr Basie album, Jaco's The Chicken, Earth Wind and Fire's September, yes, it was party time alright! Get the beers in, there's a third set to come!

R-E-S-P-E-C-T for Aretha, the Toms - Alcorn and McDonald - blazin' on Daft Punk's Get Lucky, just go with it, the Bright Young Things were having a party! Three hours in NUJO eventually called time but not before an encore - John Fogerty's Proud Mary - sent the Jazz Co-op crowd on its way. 
Russell

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