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R I P Terry Shannon - November 5, 1929 - October 29, 2022
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R I P Louise Tobin - November 11, 1918 - November 26, 2022

Bebop Spoken There

Kenny Barron: "During the pandemic I got to do a lot more cooking. As long as you can read you can cook." - (DownBeat December, 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!

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

Postage

14845 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1094 of them this year alone and, so far, 93 this month (Nov. 30).

From This Moment On ...

November

December
Mon 05: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 05: Sia Ahmad & Raymond MacDonald @ Blank Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Tickets: £5.00. from www.seetickets.com. Live recording session - note no late admissions. BYOB.

Tue 06: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (table reservations 0191 386 5556). Feat. Johnny Murphy (keyboards).

Wed 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 07: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 12 noon-3:00pm.Free. New!
Wed 07: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 07: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 07: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Last one of the year, resuming Jan 26.
Thu 08: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 08: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm.
Thu 08: Christmas Crooners @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Thu 08: Musicians Unlimited @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. £5.00. on the door.

Fri 09: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £25.00. 'Afternoon Jazz with Festive Lunch'.
Fri 09: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 09: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: Jason Isaacs @ Northern Rugby Club, Gosforth, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £25.00 (inc. two course Xmas meal). Isaacs performing with backing tapes.

Sat 10: Lindsay Hannon & Martin Douglas: Life Drawing & Improvised Music @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. TBC.
Sat 10: Alan Barnes Octet: A Jazz Xmas Carol @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £20.00. All-star band!

Sun 11: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 11: Spanish City Rollers @ Northumberland Square, North Shields. 12:30pm. Free. Community band inc. Graham Hardy.
Sun 11: Am Jam @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free. Jam session, all welcome.
Sun 11: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Xmas party feat. Mick Donnelly Quartet. 4:00pm. Tickets: £6.00 (admission from 12 noon).
Sun 11: Paul Skerritt @ Liberty Brown's, Sunderland. 1:00pm.
Sun 11: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Sun 11: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 11: DC Blues Band @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free. Blues Band.
Sun 11: Jason Isaacs @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 5:30pm. SOLD OUT!
Sun 11: Boys of Brass @ Stack, Seaburn. 6:00pm. Free.
Sun 11: Elda with Faye MacCalman + John Pope & John Garner @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Monday, June 10, 2019

What I Did at Durham City Jazz Festival (DJazz) - Saturday, June 8


(Review by Ann Alex/photos by Russell)

'Get scribing' was what Steve Tulip said to me as he kindly gave me a lift back to Durham station on Saturday evening. Russell and I had already decided what we'd cover and I'd guess that Steve will put in his tuppence which may be more like five shillings!  Anyway, it falls to my lot to begin with The Nu-Bossa Band, of whom I caught the last few songs at 3pm, a delayed finish in the DJazz Bar.

They are father-daughter duo Inês and José Gonçalves (vocals, keys. guitar); Ben Fitzgerald (percussion); Thomas Dixon (tenor sax). They bring us Latin and Afro-Cuban music composed by the likes of Antonio Carlos Jobim, new wave music which was originally a reaction to samba. This was a good way to becalm yourself after the excitement of Aku (see Russell's piece). Inês sang sweetly sad songs such as If You Never Come To Me and Dindi in Portuguese, and the hand drums were noticeably interesting, very rhythmically flowing and relaxing.

Over to the Pop-Up venue to hear Jelly Cleaver (pictured above) on vocals, guitar and electronic effects. Ms Cleaver is a Durham University graduate who is a producer and singer/songwriter, with jazz, contemporary folk, and punk influences. She gave us wide-ranging material, such as  Afro Blue; Lullaby Of Birdland; God Bless the Child; I Want To Dance With Somebody; That's Alright (gospel); Like A Star (from Corinne Baillie Rae); Ain't No Mountain Higher. Her original songs included one about the Windrush scandal with spoken samples. Not all jazz, and she explained that she normally does jazz with a quintet, so this lessened the effectiveness of these numbers. The set was generally enjoyable, although I thought that she mentioned the release of her latest album, The Dream Jazz Manifesto a few times too many.

Next in the DJazz Bar came Soul of St Funkbert, where I heard my favourite female voice of the day. This was Sophia Atkinson, who sang along with Zach Fox (Sax); David Bullock (guitar); Danny Booth (keys); Michael Young (drums); Isaac Merchant (bass); Ben Bucknall (percussion). Ms Atkinson's vice was a pleasing alto which was just about right for the funk/soul material. Funk has a place in jazz festivals I reckon because you get jazz-like solos between the verses of songs. The band members are all from Durham University and I didn't catch the names of some of the tunes but I believe one tune was In Man's Hands, followed by the classic I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free and the set was rounded off with Never Can Say Goodbye.

Russell has covered Moses Boyd Exodus but I can't resist some comments, though really words are not an adequate way to describe music at all, but we do our best, otherwise there'd be no such thing as music blogs. The band made a very impressive beginning, rumbling drums, breathing sax, pulseless sound, until a guitar tune arose up. In other numbers, there were unusual sounds from the box on top of the keyboard, DJ like business, and diverse influences were obvious, from jazz, electronic music, African chants. They played with such enthusiasm that there was sweat on the trombonist's face. They said how pleased they were to be performing in Redhills, a community space.

The band which delighted me most was, however, the first one I heard which was Aku. We must have them downstairs at the Globe and also at the Black Swan. I couldn't believe what I was hearing, loud wonderfully raucous tenor sax, then he picked up a baritone and did the same but more so! Mr Sax, who invented the saxophone, must be turning in his grave, not what he meant at all! During one of the tunes, I noted that the trombone played the same riff throughout the whole piece, which is really difficult. (I know because I once had to sing the same riff whilst in a choir and it's almost impossible to keep consistency). 'Driving rhythms and furious improvisation' said the programme notes, an apt description. I laughed when they said it was good to see the audience enjoying themselves, not like in Edinburgh. The band are from Glasgow. Enough said.

Thanks again to the lovely co-operative people on steward duty. A great festival!
Ann Alex

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