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Bebop Spoken There

Greg Abate: "So many sounds are ugly now. There are no harmonics, no chords. What do people hear these days? Why do things have to change from that good music?" (JazzTimes June/July 2022)

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'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:"Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

14378 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 597 of them this year alone and, so far, 2 this month (July 2).

From This Moment On ...

July

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. 1:30pm. 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.

Fri 08: Alex Clarke Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 09: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Zoë Gilby Duo (12 noon); Vieux Carré Jazzmen (1:35pm); Harmony Brass (3:10pm); Ruth Lambert Quartet (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.

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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