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Bebop Spoken There

Greg Abate: "So many sounds are ugly now. There are no harmonics, no chords. What do people hear these days? Why do things have to change from that good music?" (JazzTimes June/July 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:"Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

14378 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 597 of them this year alone and, so far, 2 this month (July 2).

From This Moment On ...

July

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 07: Lara Jones + Echo Juliet @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 07: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 08: Alex Clarke Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 09: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Zoë Gilby Duo (12 noon); Vieux Carré Jazzmen (1:35pm); Harmony Brass (3:10pm); Ruth Lambert Quartet (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.

Sun 10: Tusk X Yeah You @ Live Theatre, Newcastle. 12 noon. £10.00. All day event, line-up inc. Pat Thomas.
Sun 10: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Rendezvous Jazz (12 noon); River City Jazzmen (1:35pm); House of the Black Gardenia (3:10pm); Classic Swing (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.
Sun 10 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 10: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm.
Sun 10: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Saltwell Park, Gateshead NE9 5AX. 1:00pm.
Sun 10: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 10: Anth Purdy @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 10: Jazzframe @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 11: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 11: Central Bar Quintet plays Chet Baker Sings @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 7:30pm. Concert performance featuring Pete Tanton + jam session. £5.00 (free admission to sitters-in).

Tue 12: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.
Tue 12: Harry Keeble Quartet @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:30pm.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

George Shovlin & the Radars + Groove-a-matics + Archie Brown & the Young Bucks @ The Peacock, Sunderland - Dec 27

(Review by Russell)

It was an end of year, sold out triple bill featuring an array of the region's finest bluesmen. The Peacock's first floor room has been transformed into a first rate performance venue and blues fans responded in style with advance ticket sales tickets going off the scale. 

George Shovlin & the Radars: George Shovlin (guitar, vocals); George Lamb (guitar, vocals); Stu Burlison (bass guitar); Kev Scott (drums) + Archie Brown (tenor sax, vocals); Pat Rafferty (organ, piano, vocals)

Top of the bill local heroes George Shovlin and the Radars followed sets by Groove-a-matics and Archie Brown and the Young Bucks. Shovlin bossed matters front of stage; seated, acoustic guitar in his lap, the voice, with echoes of Howlin' Wolf, commanding the room. Opening with Hoochie Coochie Man, Shovlin and the Radars put on a five star show aided and abetted by set-long guests Archie Brown blowing tenor sax and Pat Rafferty alternating between barrelhouse blues piano and smokin' organ.


Right hand man (literally and figuratively) George Lamb played blues guitar as few can. As it happens, one of the 'few' was on the premises this evening.* Lamb the featured soloist, Youngbucks Brown and Rafferty the foundation alongside Radars Stu Burlison and Kev Scott, Shovlin revelled in the occasion - musically and as the promoter of the event! As Mr S sang - It Ain't Nothing but the Blues. It had been a hugely successful evening and, to top it off, on leaving the Sunderland city centre pub, a rather historic poster was spotted on a wall in the Peacock's downstairs bar... Memphis Slim Newcastle City Hall February 3, 1970.      

Groove-a-matics: Mick Cantwell (vocals, harmonica, tenor sax); John Whitehill (guitar)John  Morgan (bass); Barry Race (drums)

John Whitehill was the 'one of the few' on the premises this evening. Multi award winning guitarist Whitehill, from Ashington, came to prominence with the Blues Burglars before clocking up some twenty years on the road with Paul Lamb and the Kingsnakes. For the last decade or so he has been fronting Groove-a-matics alongside Mick Cantwell. The band is a major draw in its own right, the evening's running order wasn't of much importance and the Peacock's audience certainly appreciated Whitehill's sublime guitar playing and Cantwell's superb vocals with a mid-set standing ovation! Hearing Cantwell's anguished blues voice asking the question: Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? or singing Misdemeanour Boogie is as close to Chicago's South Side a blues fan will get other than by booking a flight to O'Hare International. Tonight's gig marked bassist John Morgan's final appearance with the band. Captain Morgan couldn't have chosen a better way to go out!        
Archie Brown & the Young Bucks: Archie Brown (guitar, tenor sax, vocals); Tony Wadsworth (guitar, vocals); Steve Nash (trumpet, vocals); Pat Rafferty (organ, piano, accordion, vocals); Chris Ringer (bass guitar, vocals); Duncan Tyler ?(drums)

Some bands achieve legendary status, they're much talked about, if not loved. Archie Brown and the Young Bucks is one such band. On the go since the seventies, Archie Brown's outfit has seen its share of names pass through the ranks. Tonight's line-up included two characters who were there in the early days - guitarist Tony Wadsworth and multi instrumentalist Pat Rafferty, this evening playing keyboards and accordion. 

Tracks old and new (Just a Little Weakness from A Weakness of MineAll Quiet on the Western Front from Young Bucks in Fancy Shirts to a non-original, Los Lobos' Let's Say Goodnight), Archie Brown and the Young Bucks set 'em up with a fine opening set. Russell

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