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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

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.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
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.

Saturday, February 08, 2020

Preview: JNE present the Gaz Hughes Sextet playing the music of Art Blakey

(Preview by Lance)

There are gigs where, much as you look forward to them you feel the press release sums it all up and you leave it at that. Then there are others when you feel you want to put your own 10 cents into the mix. This gig is just such a one although a dime is hardly the currency I should use - a million dollars would be more appropriate!


The Jazz Messengers, arguably the greatest quintet/sextet of all time, and I'm not forgetting Miles, laid down the formula for modern jazz. They built upon the innovations of Bird and Diz, provided the launching pad for just about every great emerging jazz talent - Clifford Brown, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan, Benny Golson, Bobby Timmons and many more - many more indeed, except drummers that is! 

Blakey was as good as any ten drummers in fact, had he been that way inclined, he could have out-drummed the Regimental Band of the Scots Guard.

Fortunately he wasn't although the Messengers' version of Blues March provides the proof.

Sadly, Blakey and most of his Messengers are no longer with us but, this being his centennial year, he and his legacy are not forgotten.

Just as Tom Atkinson recently took it upon himself to sit on Ginger Baker's virtual drum stool, Gaz Hughes has done likewise with Blakey's bomb factory and the forthcoming concert at Gosforth Civic Theatre on Thursday Feb. 20 looks to be as close as we'll ever get to hearing the original band at Birdland (and with no minimum!)

A powerful UK line-up by a team who know Blakey's music backwards - Alan Barnes (alto); Bruce Adams (trumpet); Dean Masser (tenor); Andrzej Baranek (piano); Ed Harrison (bass) and Gaz Hughes (drums)

Even now, before I've heard a note and bearing mind it's only February, I know this is going to be in the shake up for "Gig of the Year"! Unmissable! If it isn't I'll eat my hat and yours too - with Marmite!

Gosforth Civic Theatre,
Regent Farm Rd.,
Gosforth,
Newcastle NE3 3HD.
Tel. 0191 284 3700.
Thursday Feb. 20.
8:00pm/Doors 7:30pm.
£12.00/£10.00 (concs).
Lance.

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