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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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13837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 56 of them this year alone and, so far, 56 this month (Jan. 16).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm. CANCELLED!
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.

Sun 23 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 23: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 23: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio + Knats @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. POSTPONED!.

Tue 25: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 10:00am - 12 noon. Rehearsal session (open to the public). .
Tue 25: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Murray Wankling, Paul Grainger, King David Ike-Elechi.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Big Band Metheny live streaming from Ronnie's - Mar. 21

(Screenshot by Ken Drew)
Dominic Bentham's big band playing the music of Pat Metheny at Ronnie Scott's. Many of Bob Curnow's arrangements would feature during the evening. Little more than five minutes in 800 were online. A quiet opening, layering sound upon sound, James from Offramp the first familiar number of the set, the 'bones developing the melody. 

Song for Bilbao, as heard on last night's Michael Brecker session from Kansas Smitty's, swiftly followed by a feature for Matt Winch's flugelhorn on the ballad Always and Forever, it became clear this Metheny (and Lyle Mays) concert programme was a labour of love for Bentham and the entire band. Bentham suggested Metheny's music was 'quite cinematic', adding the band would play a sweep of tunes without further commentary, soloists included Aaron Liddard (alto sax), Michael Underwood (tenor sax), Sid Gauld (trumpet), Tommy Andrews (soprano sax), Chris Lowe (trombone) and percussionists Nigel Appleton and Rob Millett. 

(Collage by Ken Drew)
Afternoon, arranged by Bob Curnow, bore a remarkable similarity in melody to Bacharach and David's (They Long to Be) Close to You. Bandleader Bentham related the story of an enquiry from a couple hoping to book the band for their wedding reception. Well, it takes all sorts! To close a concert of some 75 minutes, baritone saxophonist Erica Clarke led off on Last Train Home. For Metheny devotees it is likely this live stream gig was a lockdown highlight, one thing's for sure, 900 plus online were in seventh heaven.        
Russell 

Matt Winch, Andy Gibson, Giles Straw, Sid Gauld, Ed Benstead (trumpets); Martin Gladdish, Chris Lowe, Dave Liddell, Dave Horden (trombones); Tommy Andrews, Aaron Liddard, Andrew Linham, Michael Underwood, Erica Clarke (saxophones); Hilary Cameron (piano); Dominic Bentham (bass); Nigel Appleton (drums); Rob Millett (percussion) 

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