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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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14375 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 594 of them this year alone and, so far, 94 this month (June 26).

From This Moment On ...

July

Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: Swing Manouche @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm (doors). £20.00.
Fri 01: 1920s Speakeasy w Niffi Osiyemi Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 8:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Fri 01: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Blind Pig Blues Club. 8:00pm.

Sat 02: Hot Fingers @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 02: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor Steve Glendinning: Latin jazz. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 02: Talk: Storytelling & jazz as an expression of urban life @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:45pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sat 02: The Commandments + On Parole @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Geordie Jazz Man @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Screening of Abi Lewis’ documentary film about Keith Crombie & the Jazz Café.
Sat 02: The Delta Prophets Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Swing Manouche @ Claypath Deli, Durham. 7:00pm.
Sat 02: Swung Eight & King Bees @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Swing dance + ace Chicago blues band.
Sat 02: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Greenside Community Centre, Ryton. 7:30pm.
Sat 02: Patrick Cromb @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Ruth Lambert & Martin Craggs @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

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.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Binker Golding: Livestreamed from Kings Place, EFG London Jazz Festival – Nov. 21

(Review/screenshots by Amy Sibley-Allen)

Tenor saxophonist - composer Binker Golding, of Mobo award-winning duo Binker & Moses, brings together bassist Olie Brice (the original advertised line up included bassist John Edwards) and drummer Steve Noble, for just under an hour of astonishing non-stop wild and free jazz improvisation at Kings Place. 

Besides Golding’s success with Moses Boyd he has collaborated with the likes of Zara McFarlane and Ashley Henry. Following the 2018 release of Ex Nihlo, his experimental project with the brilliant composer and pianist Elliot Galvin, he released his own album, Abstractions of Reality Past and Incredible Feathers, to critical acclaim. The album was nominated for Best Jazz Album at the 2020 Jazz FM awards, and whilst he didn’t win that accolade Golding did take home Jazz FM Instrumentalist of the Year.

We were warned that we should ‘expect the unexpected’ by music journalist, broadcaster and DJ Tina Edwards as she introduced the gig - she was not wrong. The pure energy of the trio is impressive and communication throughout the set both empathetic and confident. Golding radiates a level of calm yet simultaneously channels a fierce energy and his saxophone playing is incredible - both technically and in terms of depth of feeling.

The sonic journey traversed a variety of textures and tempos. Playing both tenor and soprano sax Golding’s playing is delicate and nuanced at points, before his intense, funky, heavy vibe prevails. At times the sound is distorted and other worldly, an underwater conversation reminiscent of whale sounds, but then it thrusts us among what could be a loud squawking flock of birds. Golding rocks back and forth as he plays conjuring the feeling the world is ending; the noise of TV interference but on a global scale - think all technology malfunctioning at once.

Noble’s drumming and percussive techniques are detailed and flawless, as one would expect, employing shakers, tea towels and even a whistle at one stage. Brice’s fine bass playing utilises pizzicato and arco technique, producing driving rhythms or abstract discordant and eerie sounds. Overall there are some beautiful interactions and moments between the trio and in the era of live streams these can be watched over and over again for a whole week.

Golding delivers a heartfelt thanks and goodbye to ‘all the lovely people’ at home with the fitting message to ‘take care of yourselves and each other’ before channelling the iconic Mork’s goodbye - ‘Nanu, Nanu’ Binker.

Amy

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