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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.

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13,381 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 799 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (June 20).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Sun 20: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 20: Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: www.jazz.coop. SOLD OUT. Livestream available from £7.50.

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Thu 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside 1:00pm).

Thu 24: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 25: Hot Club du Nord @ St Mary's Parish Hall, Barnard Castle. 7:00pm. Tickets: £15.00. + bf. A Barnard Castle Rotary Club event.

Fri 25: Archipelago + Faith Brackenbury @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. & £8.00. Echoes to the Sky album launch. A GCT Jazz Club-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Fri 25 Alter Ego @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington (8:00pm). POSTPONED!

Sat 26: Tyne Valley Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham (3:45pm).

Monday, March 16, 2020

Finntet @ Blaydon Jazz Club – March 15

Abbie Finn (drums); Paul Grainger (bass); Dean Stockdale (piano); Graham Hardy (trumpet/flugel); Harry Keeble (tenor sax).
(Review/photos by (Roly).

This new band, a quintet, played their inaugural concert at the Black Bull and a very fine opening gig it was. The band is in the classic hard bop quintet style – think Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Tubby Hayes through to Miles with Wayne Shorter. A golden period in jazz history.

It was the first time I’d heard Abbie Finn and Harry Keeble. They are part of a wave of really fantastic young jazz players coming through. They do their music degrees and emerge onto the scene with at times quite astonishing maturity and skill for their age. Awareness of presentation skills too. There is a vanguard of great young pros and the future of jazz is in very good hands!

We’ve heard Dean, Graham & Paul at Blaydon many times – seasoned players, masters at what they do. Putting them together with two of the most outstanding of the up and coming stars – which was Blakey’s own formula – made for a great quintet playing a mix of classic repertoire from this era plus some strong and varied compositions contributed by each member of the band.

Here is a brief resume of the set list:
Set 1
Dat Dere – Bobby Timmons (a la Blakey).
Armando’s Blues – Chic Corea
Dear Johnny B – Tubby Hayes (Dedicated to Johnny Butts)
Umlazi Morning – Paul Grainger (a theme reflecting the joy and happiness of the local people in the SA Durban area, despite their economic hardship).
Step Five – Graham Hardy (based on a pentatonic scale)
Lonely Voyager – Harry Keeble (an atmospheric theme dedicated to the Voyager missions).
Set 2
Swinging at the Haven – Ellis Marsalis
Nutville – Horace Silver
Walkabout – Abbie Finn
They Can’t Take That Away From Me – George Gershwin (a big band style arrangement condensed down for quintet by Dean Stockdale).
Bem-vinda – Paul Grainger (means ‘welcome’ in Portuguese).
Nica’s Dream – Horace Silver

Great band  - Great set of tunes – Go and hear them!
Roly

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