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Farewell Blues

R.I.P. HRH Queen Elizabeth ll (1926 - Sept. 8, 2022).
R.I.P. Trevor Tomkins (1941 - Sept. 9, 2022).
R.I.P. Gordon McGregor (Sept. 11, 2022).
R.I.P. Ramsey Lewis (1935 - Sept. 12, 2022).
R.I.P. Pharoah Sanders (Oct. 13, 1940 - Sept. 24, 2022).
R.I.P. Sue Mingus (April 2, 1930 - Sept. 24, 2022).

Bebop Spoken There

Larry Klein: "- in a certain way - Leonard [Cohen] is the greatest songwriter ever." - (Jazzwise October 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

14602 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 880 of them this year alone and, so far, 80 this month (Sept. 26).

From This Moment On ...

September

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 26: Lewis Watson Quartet @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Tue 27: Beth Clarke @ British Legion Club, West Jesmond, Newcastle. 1:00-4:00pm. Free.
Tue 27: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).
Tue 27: Black is the Color of My Voice @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. One woman stage play (the life & times of Nina Simone).

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 28: Battle of the Bands @ NE Volume Music Bar, Yarm Lane, Stockton. Doors 6:00pm. Tickets: £5.00. adv., £6.00. on the door. Participants inc. Milne Glendinning Band.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 28: Black is the Color of My Voice @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. One woman stage play (the life & times of Nina Simone).
Wed 28: Laura Jurd @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 29: Ushaw Ensemble @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 1:10pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 29: Czajka & Puchaz + Mark Solborg + Anthropology @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Thu 29: ‘58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: La Sonora Boreal’s Latin Jam Session @ The Globe, Newcastle (7:45pm). Free (donations). Latin jazz performance & jam session.
Thu 29: Peter Morgan Trio @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 30: Adam Johnson @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 30: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 30: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 30: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 30: Pete Churchill & Noel Dennis: Exploring the Jazz Metaphor in Leadership & Management @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 2:30-4:00pm. Workshop.Tickets: £3.30 (inc. bf). A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 30: FILM: Bird (Dir. Clint Eastwood) + Swing Bridge (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 6:30pm.
Fri 30: Orphy Robinson + Maniscalco-Bigoni-Solborg + Nicole Mitchell + Binker Golding-Alexander Hawkins-John Pope-Paul Hession @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle (7:00pm). A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 30: Ushaw Ensemble @ St Mary’s Church, Holy Island. 7:30pm.
Fri 30: Alter Ego @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Fri 30: King Bee @ The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Independent, Sunderland. 9:00pm. £22.50. DJs + King Bee.

October

Sat 01: Dale Storr @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 01: Nicole Mitchell & Alexander Hawkins @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sat 01: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Pete Churchill. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 01: Orphy Robinson (in conversation); Beck Hunters w John Pope & Laura Cole; Daniel Levin; Black Top w Mariam Rezaei @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 6:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sat 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm.
Sat 01: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 9:00-9:45pm. A Great Market Caper multi-bill event. Superb Chicago blues band. Doors: 6:30pm. Tickets: £10.00. + bf.

Sun 02 RUTH LAMBERT TRIO @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 02: Helena Anahita Wilson @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sun 02: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 02: Zoë Gilby Trio w Noel Dennis + John Garner & John Pope + Dilutey Juice @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. £7.00.
Sun 02: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 02: Lindsay Hannon's 'Tom Waits for No Man' @ Three Tanners Bank, North Shields. 6:00pm. Free.
Sun 02: Celebrating the Life & Music of Pharoah Sanders @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £8.00. on the door. Feat. Sue Ferris, Paul Gowland, Tom Atkinson, Jude Murphy, Jeff Armstrong.
Sun 02: Shifa + Bex Burch & Leafcutter John + Farida Amadou @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.

Mon 03: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Preview: Newcastle Jazz Festival - August 17


(Preview by Russell)
 Organise not one, not two, but six concerts in a day and you've got the makings of a festival. What's more, stage the event in a micro brewery and you're looking at a full house! The Newcastle Jazz Festival is set for Saturday August 17 at the Tyne Bank Brewery

A disused industrial building redeveloped as a micro brewery hosting regular events (gigs, pop-up street food markets, vinyl collectors' fairs and more) makes no. 375 Walker Road the ideal venue for a one day gathering of jazz musicians and jazz fans alike. If on the day there is a blazing sun in the sky (long odds!) the Tyne Bank Brewery will provide welcome relief, if it's tipping down (shorter odds!) you'll be snug as a bug with beer on tap in the brewery's tap house.

Two of Tyneside's finest musicians have the honour of opening the first Newcastle Jazz Festival in many a long year. At 1:30 Zoë Gilby and Andy Champion will perform their voice and bass duo set. Dazzling isn't the word - Zoë's vocal abilities are known to her many fans across the region and, increasingly, further afield, both home and abroad, with engagements at prestigious venues and festivals. Similarly, Andy enjoys 'first call' status not only on home turf but on the national stage. You'd be hard pressed to name a better bass player.

The Alan Law Trio at 2:40 offers a contrasting take on the jazz piano trio format. An accomplished pianist, the quietly spoken Law is a student of Latin, particularly Cuban, jazz. Our bandleader likes nothing better than to fool the listener into thinking he's one for ruminating when, in fact, sleight-of-hand, he's lit the blue touch paper on a firework (a seemingly innocuous firework, one chosen so that it doesn't frighten the horses). It's best to stand back because sooner or later there will be an explosive Latin fiesta to enjoy! 

Mark Williams is a master guitarist. The Mark Williams Trio is a vehicle for the leader's compositions alongside those of bassist Paul Susans and a selection of numbers by the likes of John Scofield and Steve Swallow. The laconic Irishman's prodigious technique enables him to fulfill the role of accompanist to GASbook singers to interpreting the charts of any of today's big name guitarist-composers. Joining Williams and Susans on stage at 3:50 will be ace drummer Russ Morgan

All festivals should have a banker bet. In other words, a copper-bottomed, gold-plated attraction, call it what you will. At five o'clock the world class duo of Emma Fisk and James Birkett will demonstrate that they are indisputably top drawer material. Their set evolved out of a love of the legendary recording sessions by Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang. Virtuosity, taste, elan, Ms Fisk and Dr Birkett share these qualities in abundance. They're on stage at five o'clock, don't be late!

The 2014 winner of the inaugural BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year competition hails from County Durham. Bebop Spoken Here first came across the talented young musician busking outside Fenwick's on Northumberland Street in Newcastle. The alto saxophonist couldn't have been much more then ten years of age. It was obvious we had a seriously talented musician in our midst (dad stood to one side keeping a watchful eye). Fast forward two or three years to a jazz session at the Quakerhouse in Darlington. The very same alto player sat-in. Tremendous, truly tremendous. An education at Chetham's School of Music, followed by study at the Royal Academy, from which a few weeks ago our alto saxophonist graduated, is the story so far. Alexander Bone is the name and the young man, now in his early twenties, is the headline name at the Newcastle Jazz Festival. You cannot miss this one! 6:15, Tyne Bank Brewery, be there to witness the latest chapter in what is certain to be a stellar career in music. Bone will be working in the company of a handy trio - Messrs Dean Stockdale, piano, Mick Shoulder, double bass, and drummer Matt MacKellar. By way of a bonus, for those yet to hear drummer Matt who's currently on vacation from Berklee, Boston, USA, take it as read, he's on course to be the next superstar to emerge from the region's vibrant jazz scene. 

The Newcastle Jazz Festival concludes in what is sure to be celebratory fashion. There's no better way to close proceedings than with a rip-roaring set by the Strictly Smokin' Big BandMichael Lamb's superb outfit will hit the stage at 7:45. Stand by for a thrilling ride! At a recent rehearsal session the SSBB tore into St Louis Blues. If the band opens with this one at Tyne Bank you'd better hang on to your hat and/or seat otherwise you'll be knocked off your feet! Some bands rely on one or two hotshots to take the spotlight, not this band! Killer solos come from all sections of the band. Ensemble, section and solo work, all of it is truly impressive. Arrangements by MD Michael Lamb and others (some of them big time American and European arrangers) will stretch the band to its limits. There will be a few danceable numbers (Tyne Bank offers a large expanse of concrete flooring to do your thing) and, to top it off, the fabulous Alice Grace will be singing a few numbers with the band. The Strictly Smokin' Big Band is the best band around, get on down to Walker Road for what promises to be a memorable all day festival of jazz. 

Tyne Bank Brewery beers will be on tap, similarly, independent food vendors will be on site, there is ample parking and the Q3 bus from Newcastle city centre stops right outside the front entrance! Tickets are flying out the door. Book now to be sure of yours. £15 for the day, visit: www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk
 Russell

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