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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. SOLD OUT!

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.

Thursday, March 05, 2020

BBC Big Band @ The Gala Theatre, Durham - March 4

(By Russell)

The British jazz scene has its share of fine big bands and the BBC Big Band stands comparison with the best of them. MD Barry Forgie has been running the outfit for more than thirty years and one or two members of the band have also been around for a long time. Some of the band are relative newcomers but all share one thing in common - they're the tops! Durham's Gala Theatre filled up nicely ahead of the down beat and as the show's publicity suggested it was to be an evening of the music of 'Swing Legends'. 

The Dorseys, Hampton, Miller, Basie, Ellington, Kenton to dangerously modern Gordon Goodwin, the BBC Big Band handled the varied material with ease. Trumpeters Mike Lovatt and Martin Shaw were called down to the front of the stage to stand in the spotlight - first Lovatt (fresh from a stupendous gig with the Strictly Smokin' Big Band at Sage Gateshead) to recreate Harry James' 1941 hit You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It) then Shaw playing flugelhorn from a transcription of Stan Kenton's version of Lush Life

During the evening Barry Forgie offered a few anecdotes including the fact that many of Kenton's original charts have long been lost which prompted some dedicated individuals to painstakingly transcribe parts of otherwise fairly familiar material. Our MD forewarned the Miller fans present that there would be an excursion into Dizzy bop territory. Good! The rhythm section flew - pianist Tom Gibbs dazzled with bassist Jeremy Brown a towering presence alongside the brilliant big band drumming of Tom Gordon. Hamp's Flying Home featured vibes man Anthony Kerr and after a couple of hours of non-stop action MD Forgie thought they couldn't go without playing Basie's signature tune - One O'Clock Jump.  
Russell       

BBC Big Band: Barry Forgie MD; ?, Mike Lovatt, Andy Greenwood, Martin Shaw (trumpets); Jacob Cooper, ?, Gordon Campbell, Richard Henry (trombones); ?, Munch Manship, Colin Skinner, Sammy Mayne, ? (reeds); Chris Allard (guitar); Anthony Kerr (vibes); Tom Gibbs (piano); Jeremy Brown (double bass); Tom Gordon (drums) 

1 comment :

Patti said...

Another excellent review from BSH - and this was one of those gigs, for sure! I'm reminded though, from the comment about Glenn Miller - how many jazzers will know about his hot trombone on that late 1920's Mound City Blue Blowers' record - Hello Lola! Hot trombone from Mr Miller, and storming hotter than hot sax break from a certain Coleman Hawkins. Incidentally, this was one of that old sage Philip Larkin's all-time favourite jazz recordings!

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