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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

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Fri 27: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm. SOLDOUT!
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Hip Hop Hooray @ Bar 52, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Fri 27: John Dikeman, Pat Thomas, John Edwards, Steve Noble @ Lit & Phil. 7:30pm. £10.00.
Fri 27: Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £10.00. on the door. A Swung Eight event.
Fri 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Ragtime & stride piano. 8:00pm.

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Preview: Mike Durham's International Classic Jazz Party @ The Village Hotel (Nov 1-3)

(Preview by Russell)

One month from today (October 1st) the 2019 edition of Mike Durham's International Classic Jazz Party will be under way on North Tyneside. Musicians from around the globe will gather for three days of non-stop jazz beginning at noon on Friday, November 1st. 

There is a truly international element to the festival established in 1990 by the late Mike Durham which, in those days, was known as the Whitley Bay Jazz Festival. In recent years both format and venue have changed; the convention of programming a series of bands has been replaced by a series of concert-themed performances drawing upon the expertise of more than thirty musicians resident across the weekend. 

From America come trumpeters Andy Schumm, Mike Davis and Duke Heitger, David Horniblow, reeds, Dave Bock, trombone, pianists David Boeddinghaus and Andrew Oliver, drummer Josh Duffee and vocalist Joan Viskant. The European contingent boasts trumpeters Torstein Kubban and Malo Mazurié, the reedsmen Matthias Seuffert, Claus Jacobi, Lars Frank and Stéphane Gillot, pianist Morten Gunnar Larsen, Jacob Ullberger, Henry Lemaire and Felix Hunot, guitar and banjo (Lemaire doubling on string bass).

The virtuosi will arrive in the week of the festival for an intensive rehearsal period. Concert performances will include Jelly Roll Morton 'in other bands' and 'rare Jelly', Clarence Williams, Jimmie Noone. Jean Goldkette 'before Bix', Goofus Five, Bunny Berigan and 'Music from the Weimar Republic'. The American and European musicians will, of course, be joined by an equally illustrious British contingent; Rico Tomasso, trumpet, Richard Exall, reeds, 'bone men Alistair Allan and Graham Hughes, pianist Martin Litton, Martin Wheatley and Spats Langham, guitars (and banjos!), string bassists Malcolm Sked, Phil Rutherford and Richard Pite (Sked and Pite doubling on brass bass), drummers Pite, Nick Ball and Nick Ward, and violinist Emma Fisk. Last but by no means least, London based Aussie reedsman Michael McQuaid, a key figure helping to shape the future of the Classic Jazz Party.

In addition to set-piece concerts there will be late night jam sessions into the early hours and a hugely popular CD, vinyl and book stall. And if you're a dancer then this event is made for you!    

The four star Village Hotel is no more than a Buddy Bolden blast from West Allotment. Perhaps a better marker is Whitley Bay. Access to and from Newcastle city centre couldn't be easier - bus no. 309 (from Haymarket) stops right outside the hotel's front door and the Metro (Tyne and Wear's rapid transit rail network) calls at nearby Northumberland Park from which bus no. 19 drops off at the hotel. If you're feeling energetic why not walk it (fifteen minutes max)?

Weekend tickets are selling fast. As of today (October 1st) just 21 three-day tickets remain on sale. They won't last long, don't hang around. World class musicians, superb jazz, all for £160. Don't delay, book now! Visit: www.whitleybayjazzfest.com
Russell.

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