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Bebop Spoken There

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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!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

Postage

16246 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 128 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (Feb. 29).

From This Moment On ...

March

Mon 04: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 05: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Joe Steels, Paul Grainger, Michael Mather.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 07: Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 07: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. Guests: Mark Toomey (alto sax); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax); Garry Hadfield (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums). 8:30pm.

Fri 08: Noel Dennis Quartet @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle. 1:00pm. £8.00. Noel Dennis (trumpet, flugelhorn); Rick Laughlin (keyboards); Mick Shoulder (double bass); Tim Johnston (drums).
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free. CANCELLED! Back on March 15.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Sat 09: Alex Fawcett Band + Lindsay Hannon Blues Trio @ Sedgefield Parish Hall. 7:00pm. £15.00. A Sedgefield Rock & Blues Club event. Tickets: www.sedgefieldblues.com.
Sat 09: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Cullercoats Watch House. 8:00pm. Donations. A Watch House renovation fundraising concert.
Sat 09: Ray Stubb’s R&B All Stars @ The Peacock, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Free. Gig in the downstairs bar.

Sun 10: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 10: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Salty Dog @ The Lounge, Blyth. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Vintage Explosion @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle.
Sun 10: Fraser Fifield: Secret Path Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 10: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 11: Matthew Forster Quartet @ Yamaha Music School, Seaforth St., Blyth NE24 1AY. 1:00 - 1:45pm. £8.00. + bf.
Mon 11: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 12: Lewis Watson Quartet @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm.

Monday, November 04, 2019

Mike Durham's Classic Jazz Party @ Village Hotel - Oct. 31

(Review by Russell)

The traditional eve of CJP (that's Mike Durham's International Classic Jazz Party) late night welcome concert attracted a full house to listen to an all-star cast led by Duke Heitger. Lights dimmed, the all-star line-up took to the stand for a rip-roaring, humdinger of a set. Class acts all, the American/Australian/British/European gathering played a selection of dead-cert crowd pleasers.

Lars Frank blowing late night tenor sax on a beautifully restrained Out of Nowhere, an impossibly hot Cake Walking Babies Back Home (Frank's sizzling clarinet), a Heitger vocal (the American standing well back from the mic) on Sleepy Time Down South, this year's edition of the CJP was well and truly underway.

Duke Heitger (trumpet, vocals); Claus Jacobi (alto sax); Lars Frank (tenor sax, clarinet); Graham Hughes (trombone); Andrew Oliver (piano); Martin Wheatley (guitar, banjo); Phil Rutherford (sousaphone); Nick Ball (drums)

And that was it, a one hour set, the scene set for three non-stop days (from noon 'til late) of 'classic jazz'. Well, not quite. Following a full day of rehearsals (a prompt 8:30 am start!) some of the other musicians wanted to have a blow. An impromptu jam session broke out as, one after another, an international cast joined the party. Blowing beyond midnight the crowded room was treated to a fun, freewheeling session from some of the superstar exponents of the music including, from America, David Boeddinghaus (piano), Andy Schumm (trumpet), Dave Bock (sousaphone), Josh Duffee (drums) and Young Talent Award winner Colin Hancock (cornet), from Germany Claus Jacobi and Matthias Seuffert (reeds) and Aussie Michael McQuaid (reeds). Two of many highlights featured the man from Buda, Texas - that's the polite young man Mr Hancock - playing, not cornet, but clarinet, and a piano four-hander courtesy of Andrew Oliver and David Boeddinghaus. It had been a fine hors d'oeuvres, in a few hours the main course would follow...
Russell

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