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Bebop Spoken There

Maurice J. Summerfield: "Over dinner one night Barney [Kessel] told me about his seminar The Effective Guitarist, and in 1972 my company presented the first of twelve annual UK seminars in Newcastle upon Tyne." - (Just Jazz Guitar, September 1997)

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

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. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewwitt (alto sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Dilutey Juice @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Smoove & Turrell @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £25.00.
Fri 03: TBA @ Prohibiton Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Rivkala @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sun 05: Jive Aces @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 05: Dale Storr @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Dinosaur: Live stream from Kings Place, EFG London Jazz Festival - Nov. 15

Laura Jurd (trumpet); Elliot Galvin (piano); Conor Chaplin (double bass); Corrie Dick (drums).

(Review & screen grabs by Amy Sibley-Allen)

Perhaps to give the authentic feel of a live jazz gig the live stream didn’t start at the time advertised, in was in fact the result of technical issues. However once resolved Mercury-nominated quartet Dinosaur delivered a fine rendition of their 3rd Studio Album To The Earth. Released on Edition Records in May this is its first outing. A predominately acoustic album, in contrast to their more ‘plugged in’ prior albums, Together as One and Wonder Trail, this is a perfect fit for Kings Place’s Hall 1.

As always, bandleader, composer and trumpeter Laura Jurd’s modest, unassuming energy, makes for an incredibly relaxed concert - whilst her underlying confidence in her music- making still shines through.

Opening with the album’s title track To The Earth Conor Chaplin’s bass vamp reels us in and the concert gets off to a great start. The languorous Slow Loris lives up to the title and is both deliberate and unhurried with a plodding bass line interspersed with Jurd’s trumpet growls and Eliott Glavin’s cascading piano.

Corrie Dick’s drums skills are showcased in the exuberant Mosking, a track inspired by the Norwegian piano trio Moskus, which opens with a playful duo between Dick and Jurd and followed later by a groovy drum solo utilising the tin can perched on Dick’s cymbals.  

All tracks on the album are composed by Jurd besides a cover of Billy Strayhorn’s Absinthe, from Duke Ellington’s album Afro-Bossa. A wonderful spacey synth vibe prevails throughout. A fun and rhymical Banning St Blues leads into the tender and melancholic For One - a perfect end to the set.  

Overall the evening was a joy, if there was any gripe at all perhaps the drums seemed a little lost in the mix, but other than that the sound and visuals were truly excellent. Now in their tenth year of music making together Dinosaur continue to evolve and go from strength to strength. Whatever comes next for them let’s hope to be able to applaud in person. Although, as several people noted in the chat feature having the fridge within easy reach has its plus sides.

Amy Sibley-Allen

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