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Bebop Spoken There

Charles McPherson: “Jazz is best heard in intimate places”. (DownBeat, July, 2024).

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!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

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16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...

July

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Nomade Swing Trio @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. £10.00. Tickets from Tully’s of Rothbury or at the door (cash only). A Coquetdale Jazz event.

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Nomade Swing Trio @ Café Needles Eye, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea. 6:00pm. Reservations: 01670 641224.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: The Ronnie Scott’s Story @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Thu 25: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Garry Hadfield (keys); Noel Dennis (tpt); Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).
Thu 25: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Fri 26: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 26: Nomade Swing Trio @ Repas7 by Night, Berwick. 7:30pm. Free.
Fri 26: Stuart Turner @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Fri 26: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.
Fri 26: Bold Big Band @ Old Coal Yard, Byker, Newcastle. 9:30pm. A Newcastle Fringe Festival event.

Sat 27: BBC Proms: BBC Introducing stage @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 12 noon. Free. Line-up inc. Abbie Finn Trio (2:50pm); Dilutey Juice (3:50pm); SwanNek (5:00pm); Rivkala (6:00pm).
Sat 27: Nomade Swing Trio @ Billy Bootlegger’s, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sat 27: Mississippi Dreamboats @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 27: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.
Sat 27: Theon Cross + Knats @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 10:00pm. £22.00. BBC Proms: BBC Introducing Stage (Sage Two). A late night gig.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

A Sizzling, Smokin' Session @ The Bridge Hotel - July 25

(Review by Russell)

The Strictly Smokin' Big Band's latest public rehearsal mode outing found the band in scintillating form on a scorching evening in Newcastle city centre. The Bridge Hotel's upstairs function room is the SSBB's new base and this second open door event attracted a full house.

St Louis Blues big band style for starters and what a start! Rip-roaring big band jazz at its best. Can't We Be Friends? asked band vocalist Alice Grace. How could one refuse?! Ms Grace clearly enjoys working with the band and little wonder, it's the best band in town. A new chart - A Country Boy - featured an intro and soulful alto solo by birthday boy Keith Robinson. That's commitment for you...making a rehearsal session on your birthday! 

In a perfect early evening light AG sang I'm Beginning to See the Light against a picture postcard backdrop of mainline trains winding their way in and out of Central Station. One more tune before pulling into the sidings (ie a pint at the bar) and it was a good one...Beautiful Love

One short interval later the audience (regulars and new faces) met with a disconcerting sight...the five strong reeds' section, to a man (schoolboy?) filed in wearing shorts. Not so much a knees up rather a knees out. Arrgh! A Bruce Adams' chart resumed hostilities with MD Michael Lamb and Pete Tanton taking potshots at one another, just the sort of dust-up the pugnacious Adams relishes! 

Rollins' Doxy arranged for big band, Chick Corea's Spain with Jamie Toms blowing, Ms Grace leading a long and winding Caravan, could we have a third set? Chance would be a fine thing! Bing, Frank, Ella, they've all sung it, so why not AG? I Love Paris the tune, great stuff. Three weeks before the Newcastle Jazz Festival at the Tyne Bank Brewery the SSBB pulled out all the stops with depping drummer Dave Mckeague stoking the fires in the engine room alongside Michael Whent, Graham Don and Pav Jedrzejewski. 

As the SSBB Express hurtled down the track to its final destination (the Bridge Hotel's bar!) Ms Grace's Travelling Light nudged the ensemble into J Dilla hip-hop territory. Excellent. And that was it, save for MD Lamb's arrangement of Comes Love. It's no exaggeration to say a Strictly Smokin' Big Band rehearsal session is as good as a ten quid admission gig! 
Russell

Strictly Smokin' Big Band: Michael Lamb MD, Pete Tanton, Gordon Marshall, Dick Stacey (trumpets); Mark Ferris, Kieran Parnaby, David Barnes, John Flood (trombones); Jamie Toms, Dave Kerridge, Steve Summers, Keith Robinson, Laurie Rangecroft (reeds); Pawel Jędrzejewski (guitar); Graham Don (piano); Michael Whent (bass); Dave Mckeague (drums); Alice Grace (vocals) 

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