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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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13,367 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 785 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (June 16).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Sat 19: Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle (8:00pm).

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).

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Live streaming from Jack's Place - Jan. 27

Jamie Brownfield (trumpet); Andrzej Baranek (keyboards); Ed Harrison (double bass); Jack Cotterill (drums)

A live stream from the comfort of Jack Cotterill's rented studio. As it's a working environment the quartet was operating within government guidelines. Drummer Cotterill and trumpeter Jamie Brownfield are often to be found in pre-swing era style outfits, this evening they moved on fifteen or so years to play, for the most part, some swing-to-bop material in the company of bop-to-modernists Andrzej Baranek and Ed Harrison. 

This first live stream session from Jack's temporary space encountered minor sound issues which were duly rectified - we were four numbers in before the guys realised Cotterill's mic wasn't switched on! What's more, our bandleader freely admitted he didn't know who composed this tune or that tune! The first tune, Monk's Green Chimneys, Cotterill had never heard, let alone played before. Much chatter, principally between drummer and trumpeter, led to Cotterill, on more than one occasion, guessing Wynton Marsalis had written the tune. He got one right as the quartet played the LCJO leader's Big Fat Hen featuring Herlin Riley's dominant New Orleans drum pattern. 

Remarkably, Cotterill had never previously made stage announcements. This was his debut! BSH last heard Cotterill live at the Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival, Brownfield at Saltburn Jazz Club, and Baranek and Harrison on Gaz Hughes' nationwide Art Blakey tour. This first weekly (Wednesdays) session roamed freely across a swing-to-bop-to-blues landscape - Parisian Thoroughfare (Cotterill confessing it was a difficult chart, Brownfield handling the Clifford Brown part), Bebop - with an excursion into Armstrong territory on Sleepy Time Down South. The closing number went unannounced. At its conclusion, as Brownfield looked for the live stream's 'off' button, Cotterill declared if anyone could guess the name of the tune they would win a prize. Log on to Cotterill's Facebook page next week (Feb 3) at eight o'clock to a) find out the tune's title, and b) discover what the prize will be!

Set list: Green ChimneysI've Never Been in Love BeforeBig Fat HenParisian ThoroughfareSleepy Time Down SouthToo Marvelous for WordsBebop; ?.

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