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Farewell Blues

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R I P Louise Tobin - November 11, 1918 - November 26, 2022

Bebop Spoken There

Kenny Barron: "During the pandemic I got to do a lot more cooking. As long as you can read you can cook." - (DownBeat December, 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

14845 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1094 of them this year alone and, so far, 93 this month (Nov. 30).

From This Moment On ...

November

December
Sat 03: Jake Leg Jug Band @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 03: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Liane Carroll. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 03: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sat 03: Remi Harris & Tom Moore @ Amble Parish Hall, Northumberland. 7:30pm.
Sat 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. Xmas party.
Sat 03: Ray Johnson, Richard Herdman & Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Sun 04: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 04: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 04: Remi Harris & Tom Moore @ Bowes & Gilmonby Parish Hall, Co. Durham. 7:30pm.
Sun 04: Liane Carroll @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. adv., £12.00. door.
Sun 04: Let Spin + Ceitidh Mac @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Mon 05: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 05: Sia Ahmad & Raymond MacDonald @ Blank Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Tickets: £5.00. from www.seetickets.com. Live recording session - note no late admissions. BYOB.

Tue 06: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (table reservations 0191 386 5556). Feat. Johnny Murphy (keyboards).

Wed 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 07: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 12 noon-3:00pm.Free. New!
Wed 07: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 07: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 07: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Last one of the year, resuming Jan 26.
Thu 08: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 08: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm.
Thu 08: Christmas Crooners @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Thu 08: Musicians Unlimited @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. £5.00. on the door.

Fri 09: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £25.00. 'Afternoon Jazz with Festive Lunch'.
Fri 09: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 09: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: Jason Isaacs @ Northern Rugby Club, Gosforth, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £25.00 (inc. two course Xmas meal). Isaacs performing with backing tapes.

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Ben Gilbert Trio @ The Globe - Dec 7

Ben Gilbert (piano); Elliot Roffe (double bass); John Arnesen (drums)
(Review by Russell)

The Blofeld Experiment, Extreme Measures, that was more than a decade ago, since when Ben Gilbert relocated to London and more recently set up home in Leeds. Earlier in the day our pianist conducted a successful Jazz Co-op workshop at Sage Gateshead before meeting up with Elliot Roffe and John Arnesen to play a debut trio gig at Jazz Co-op HQ on Railway Street in Newcastle. 

The hordes descended on Railway Street (most of them making their way to the Arena!) and by eight o'clock a jazz crowd had taken its seats in the Globe's first floor performance space. Cole Porter's (You'd be so) Easy to Love introduced the trio; sparkling swing time, waltz time, bassist Elliot Roffe's solo instantly confirming his A-list credentials, similarly John Arnesen's hugely impressive drumming taking it out. Quite a start! Richard Rodgers, Kenny Wheeler, Wayne Shorter, Ben Gilbert had put together a choice set list, Shorter's Backstage Sally from the reedsman's days with the Jazz Messengers particularly effective with another fine contribution from Arnesen. Bandleader Gilbert chose to close the first set with an original composition - A Beautiful Summer. The Bad Plus and EST sprung to mind. 
   
Second set: Miles Davis' take on Frank Loesser's If I Were A Bell opened the show and what a show it turned out to be! A real swinger it was and a favourite tune followed - Oliver Nelson's Stolen Moments. No horn arrangement, of course, but all three musicians - Gilbert, Roffe and Arnesen - pitched in with excellent solos. Time for a bop era standard - Monk's In Walked Bud. An evocative title if ever there was one - imagine TS Monk on stage at the Five Spot and the man walks in! Gilbert clearly likes Wayne Shorter's compositions, our pianist choosing Infant Eyes from Speak No Evil.  

As closing time loomed Gilbert thanked band mates Roffe and Arnesen for their sterling efforts and the Jazz Co-op's attentive audience for turning out on a mid winter evening. Drummer Jeff Hamilton's Gina's Groove set up a most musical of musical bass 'n' drums conversations with Gilbert clearly happy with how things had gone. It had been an excellent evening of GASbook to contemporary jazz...just imagine how the trio will sound with a couple of dozen gigs under its belt!         
Russell.

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