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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.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Ushaw Jazz Festival (Day Three, Evening) Buck Clayton Legacy Band - August 26

Matthias Seuffert (tenor sax); Robert Fowler (alto sax); Menno Daams (trumpet); Ian Smith (trumpet); Adrian Fry (trombone/arranger); Martin Litton (piano); Alyn Shipton (double bass); Clark Tracey (drums).
(Review by Lance).

The jewel in the crown of the Ushaw Jazz Festival 2019  or so  
we all thought. Up to now audiences had been reasonable in numbers so surely this would be the one where they'd be turning people away.

It wasn't. Had they all gone to Headingley? Had the heatwave drawn them to the seaside or had those who were knocked out by Xhosa Cole and Francis Tulip migrated to their gig held in Newcastle?

Answers are needed.

No questions were needed musically. For those who were aware that there was jazz before Robert Glasper - even before John Coltrane (honest!) - this was the time and the setting to worship.

Buck Clayton's place in jazz history was established back in the 1930s when he joined Count Basie and, years later, with his own bands and jam sessions. For this concert the emphasis, said leader, bassist and BBC broadcaster Alyn Shipton, is on how a Buck Clayton band may have interpreted the music of Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges.

As those masters are now all long gone - this was Buck Clayton in Hi-Fi - live. 

Close your eyes and you would have believed that Ushaw had raised the dead - reincarnation lives! Buck, Emmett Berry, Clark Terry, Nanton and Blanton, Jimmy Hamilton and Paul Gonsalves, Woodyard and Bellson. Johnny Hodges was there, and so many more - tell me, why weren't they breaking down the door?

After Johnny Hunter at the previous gig only one drummer could follow - Clark Tracey (pictured with Matthias Seuffert).

Trombonist Adrian Fry appeared to be the straw boss and his solos were merely sensational! Not only that, if they ever decide to remake The Glenn Miller Story - now that James Stewart is gone - Adrian is the man.

Fowler = Hodges & Bigard, Seuffert = Gonsalves and Hamilton, Daams & Smith = Clayton/Terry with Litton just a sittin' and a rockin' as Ellington and Shipton playing the role of Jimmy Blanton.

Sad that so few showed but, when I meet the absentees, I will feel so so superior!
Lance
Outer Drive:; Rockin'  in Rhythm; Creole Love Call; Satin Doll; Mood Indigo; Globetrotter; I Got it Bad; C Jam Blues; Take the A Train; Shady Side of the Street; Newport Up; Don't Get Around Much Anymore; Broadway Babe; The Jeep is Jumpin'; Sophisticated Lady; Perdido;Sir Humphrey.

3 comments :

Pam said...

Hi Lance in answer to your question, yes some of us were at the Bridge for the Xhosa Cole / Francis Tulip gig. It was amazing these young guys are the real deal. Xhosa and Francis were joined by the extremely talented base player Shivraj Singh who we saw at Ushaw on Saturday and The wonderful Ben Lawrence on keys and a last minute drum seat taken by a fabulous young guy who had driven up from Birmingham to do the gig and was going to drive back! He was an absolutely power house, sadly to my shame I can't remember his name but I'm sure someone can supply it. It was a brilliant night of really top class musicians. Jazz is safe in the hands of the young.

Anonymous said...

Matthew Holmes is the name of the drummer at the Bridge last night!

Pam said...

Thank you apologies to Matthew

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