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Bebop Spoken There

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Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

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The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.
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14454 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 732 of them this year alone and, so far, 30 this month (August 11).

From This Moment On ...

August

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 18: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 18: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 18: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Bridge Hotel, Newcastle. Strictly Smokin’ Big Band. 7:00pm. Free (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Dan Johnson (sax); Josh Bentham (sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Ron Smith (bass)

Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri. 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Ayr Jazz Club, Fairfield House Hotel, Fairfield Rd, AYR KA7 2AS. 7:30pm. For accommodation call the hotel on 01292 267461. For tickets call Ayr Jazz Club Secretary, Stuart McLean, on 01292 590773.
Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Harry Keeble Duo + Northern Monkey Brass Band. £15.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Fri 19: Mo Scott @ The Millstone, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Scott w Gary Dunn, Neil Harland & Paul Smith.

Sat 20: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Riviera Effect + Alter Ego + Graham Hardy Quartet + Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie + Ivo Neame Quartet. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Sat 20: Anth Purdy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations).
Sat 20: Boys of Brass @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 21 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 21: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Lindsay Hannon & Alan Law + Knats + David Gray’s Flextet + Ben Gilbert Trio + Emma Rawicz. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Sun 21: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.

Mon 22: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 23: FILM: Space is the Place @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle. 6:25pm. Dir. John Coney (1974). Starring Sun Ra!
Tue 23: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).
Tue 23: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Steve Glendinning, Paul Grainger, Abbie Finn.

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 24: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

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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