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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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13,381 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 799 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (June 20).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Sun 20: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 20: Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: www.jazz.coop. SOLD OUT. Livestream available from £7.50.

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Thu 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside 1:00pm).

Thu 24: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 25: Hot Club du Nord @ St Mary's Parish Hall, Barnard Castle. 7:00pm. Tickets: £15.00. + bf. A Barnard Castle Rotary Club event. POSTPONED!

Fri 25: Archipelago + Faith Brackenbury @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. & £8.00. Echoes to the Sky album launch. A GCT Jazz Club-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Fri 25 Alter Ego @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington (8:00pm). POSTPONED!

Sat 26: Tyne Valley Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham (3:45pm).

Monday, August 12, 2019

A brief history of the Newcastle Jazz Festival

(By Russell)

Once upon a time a big band MD came up with the idea of organising a jazz festival. Will it work? enquired some, It'll never work! declared others. Undaunted, the idea took root and in no time the event envisaged by Newcastle Big Band MD Andy Hudson began to take shape. Jazz North East's Honourary Secretary Chris Yates was enlisted to lend his expertise and went on to write the festival programme notes as well as assisting in the organisation for something like two decades. It was 1974 and the Newcastle Jazz Festival was born.

The Guildhall on Newcastle's Quayside staged ten nights of jazz; Chris Barber, Humphrey Lyttleton, Ronnie Scott, Back Door, SOS (John Surman-Mike Osborne-Alan Skidmore), Henry Lowther, Pete King, Graham Collier (a Tynemouth lad) alongside film screenings, lectures and a riverboat shuffle. In addition, a satellite venue hosted a programme of free jazz and free improvisation. Andy Hudson (MD, Newcastle Big Band) had seen his dream of a jazz festival on Tyneside come true to the extent that by the following year it had outgrown the Guildhall and moved on to the University Theatre, which became Newcastle Playhouse (now Northern Stage) and which remained its base for the following 20 years.

From '74 through to 1995 the Newcastle Jazz Festival developed into a truly international affair. Local authority and Arts Council funding allied to major sponsorship deals (regional radio stations included) enabled British names - Stan Tracey, George Melly, Mike Westbrook, Loose Tubes - to share the limelight with legendary American musicians including Bud Freeman, Wild Bill Davison, Roland Kirk, Art Pepper, Teddy Wilson, Barney Kessel and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. 

As the millennium loomed funding priorities began to change and when the plug was pulled the Newcastle Jazz Festival went down the drain...until now. 

Once upon a time (a few months ago!) a big band MD came up with the idea of reviving the Newcastle Jazz Festival. Michael Lamb, MD of the Strictly Smokin' Big Band set about putting together a one day event and, with the help of several of his SSBB mates, this Saturday (August 17) marks the relaunch of a fondly remembered event. The Tyne Bank Brewery on Walker Road (just east of the Ouseburn) is the place to be from early afternoon 'til late. The line-up, in running order - Zoë Gilby & Andy Champion, Alan Law Trio, Mark Williams Trio, Emma Fisk & James Birkett, Alexander Bone, Strictly Smokin' Big Band - offers something for everyone. Tickets £15, book now: www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk

3 comments :

Michael Lamb said...

Many thanks for this Russell - fascinating as well is the archive of images from NJF here: https://get.google.com/albumarchive/117692566320026872324/album/AF1QipPkGfc_0cB7uKB_phzwvyJI_cJC1mvB1qtp_cr3

Must mention that Jamie Toms has been equally involved in the organising of NJF 2019! :)

M

Patti said...

Brilliant to see this archive - what an amazing selection of posters, gig tickets, etc. All those iconic names from the past - and oh, to have been at some of those concerts! Plus, the more recent selection from local gigs and events. This is one fantastic collection, wherever it is!

rik said...

Humph in 1974 https://www.rikwalton.com/p82555427#hc94a107f

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