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Bebop Spoken There

Maurice J. Summerfield: "Over dinner one night Barney [Kessel] told me about his seminar The Effective Guitarist, and in 1972 my company presented the first of twelve annual UK seminars in Newcastle upon Tyne." - (Just Jazz Guitar, September 1997)

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

15087 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 106 of them this year alone and, so far, 4 this month (Feb. 1).

From This Moment On ...

February

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Rivkala @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sun 05: Jive Aces @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 05: Dale Storr @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 05: Jam No.13 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students alike).

Mon 06: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 07: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums). Jam session reverts to a first & third Tuesday in the month schedule.

Wed 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 08: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Free. TBC.
Wed 08: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 08: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 08: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 09: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 09: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00.
Thu 09: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 10: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 10: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller's Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00.

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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