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JD Allen: "...art in itself is now a luxury that you need a lot of finances to do." - (DownBeat October 2021)

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! --

Postage

13,822 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1239 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 18).

From This Moment On ...

October

Wed 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 20: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 20: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 20: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 8:00pm.

Thu 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 21: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra.
Thu 21: Alter Ego @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle 7:30pm.
Thu 21: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 21: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 22: Mick Shoulder Quartet @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Quartet featuring Alex Clarke (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist).
Fri 22: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: Paul Edis Trio w Ruth Lambert @ St Cuthbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 22: Michael Feinstein @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 22: Peter Morgan Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 23: Mary Coughlan @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 23: Têtes de Pois @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 24 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 24: Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 24: Milne Glendinning Band @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 25: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 26: Classic Swing @ Ship inn, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the band’s weekly residency will be fortnightly until further notice.
Tue 26: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the Black Swan’s fortnightly jam session.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ Gosforth Civic Theatre - Dec 14

(Review by Russell)

I refer the Rt.Hon. Reader to my previous review (Dec 13)! Friday evening's first night performance couldn't have gone better and this second sold out night more than lived up to the highest of standards set twenty four hours earlier. The Strictly Smokin' Big Band is on a roll with sell out shows here, there and everywhere. Michael Lamb's supercharged outfit is the band of the moment.

Winter Games (Winter Olympics 1988) once again opened the programme and for the next couple of hours or so this Saturday evening show entertained big style. 

Alice Grace emerged from the wings to reprise The Late, Late Show then departed, albeit briefly, leaving the stage to Keith Robinson. Alto saxophonist Robinson is an admirer of ex-Jazz Messenger Bobby Watson's compositions and here at Gosforth Civic Theatre chose to play Watson's Free Yourself. The audience reaction spoke volumes as Robinson (and Watson!) received tumultuous applause. Those wanting to hear more of Robinson should check out Alter Ego the next time the band hits the road. 

Time once more for Ms Grace. Bassist Michael Whent,  assisted by ace big band drummer Guy Swinton, brought in Avalon. Excellent. 

More excellence as Jamie Toms' hypnotic bass clarinet line underpinned our vocalist's impeccable phrasing on a spine-tingling Willow Weep for Me (arr Chris Walden). The next time AG records an album this number should be on it, it's that good!  

Tom Kubis' arrangement of Joy to the World (solos from Pawel Jedrzejewski, guitar, Graham Don, piano) closed a superlative first set.

The second set proved to be one of highlight upon highlight. Coventry Carol (arr Jamey Simmons) impressed again, just as it did the previous evening - some seriously good ensemble jazz on this one. Alice Grace returned to the stage to sing Mel Tormé's classic Christmas Song and then...and then...Adam Dutton joined AG for a showstopping Baby, It's Cold Outside. Dutton's theatrical tenor voice brought out the best in his co-star, Ms Grace. Fabulous entertainment, pure and simple! Dutton hung around for a solo vocal feature - Caroling, Caroling (arr Callum Au) which prompted the thought: In 2020, is Dutton going to be heard on the local jazz scene? 

Duke Ellington's Jingle Bells as an instrumental - excellent, after all this was Ellington! - then for the grand finale. Alice and Adam played their parts to perfection on Fairytale of New York (arr Michael Lamb), knockabout stuff, for sure, pitched just right for the occasion. 

And finally, vocalist Alice Grace conducting orchestra and audience in a wonderful take on Last Christmas. Tickets for the Strictly Smokin' Big Band's 2020 Christmas shows are on sale now and they're already flying out the door. Book now at www:strictly-smokin.co.uk
Russell   

Alice Grace (vocals); Steve Summers, Keith Robinson, Jamie Toms, Dave Kerridge, Laurie Rangecroft (reeds); Gordon Marshall, Dick Stacey, Michael Lamb MD, Pete Tanton (trumpets); Kieran Parnaby, Mark Ferris, Chris Kurgi-Smith, John Flood (trombones); Graham Don (piano); Pawel Jedrzejewski (guitar); Michael Whent (bass guitar); Guy Swinton (drums) + Adam Dutton (vocals).

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