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Bebop Spoken There

Raymond Chandler: “ I was walking the floor and listening to Khatchaturian working in a tractor factory. He called it a violin concerto. I called it a loose fan belt and the hell with it ". The Long Goodbye, Penguin 1959.

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!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

Postage

16350 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 230 of them this year alone and, so far, 27 this month (April 11).

From This Moment On ...

April

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 18: NONUNONU @ Elder Beer Café, Chillingham Road, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 18: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm). £8.00. + bf. Support act TBC.
Thu 18: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band night with Just Friends: Ian Bosworth (guitar); Donna Hewitt (sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums).

Fri 19: Cia Tomasso @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. ‘Cia Tomasso sings Billie Holiday’. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Tweed River Jazz Band @ The Radio Rooms, Berwick. 7:00pm (doors). £5.00.
Fri 19: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Levitation Orchestra + Nauta @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £11.00.
Fri 19: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.

Sat 20: Record Store Day…at a store near you!
Sat 20: Bright Street Band @ Washington Arts Centre. 6:30pm. Swing dance taster session (6:30pm) followed by Bright Street Big Band (7:30pm). £12.00.
Sat 20: Michael Woods @ Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Acoustic blues.
Sat 20: Rendezvous Jazz @ St Andrew’s Church, Monkseaton. 7:30pm. £10.00. (inc. a drink on arrival).

Sun 21: Jamie Toms Quartet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 21: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Holy Grale, Durham. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: The Jazz Defenders @ Cluny 2. Doors 6:00pm. £15.00.
Sun 21: Edgar Rubenis @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blues & ragtime guitar.
Sun 21: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 21: Art Themen with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. +bf. JNE. SOLD OUT!

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30-3:30pm. £12.00. ‘St George’s Day Afternoon Tea’. Gig with ‘Lashings of Victoria Sponge Cake, along with sandwiches & scones’.
Tue 23: Jalen Ngonda @ Newcastle University Students’ Union. POSTPONED!

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: Sinatra: Raw @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. Richard Shelton.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.

Saturday, June 05, 2021

Knats in Nunsmoor Park - June 4

(Photo by Russell)
Ferg Kilsby (trumpet); Josh Mitchell-Rayner (keyboards); Stan Woodward (bass); King David Ike-Elechi (drums)

A socially distanced Friday evening in Nunsmoor Park (as the crow flies not too far from St James's Park, home to Newcastle United), pizza, beer, conversation, what's not to like? We were there to listen to four young musicians calling themselves Knats. BSH knew one of the quartet, otherwise they were an unknown quantity. A basic stage area, an awning affording the musicians a degree of protection from the elements - on this occasion from an early evening sun rather than rain - Knats were looking keen, far from mean, and ready to go...

(Photo by Russell)
Fretless bassist Stan Woodward handled the announcements, first up, Herbie Hancock's The Eye of the Hurricane. First impressions? Woodward, funking, grooving, this guy knows his way around his instrument! To his left, drummer King David Ike-Elechi. Where's he been hiding? Under a bushel? A tremendous player! Piano man, Josh Mitchell-Rayner, approximately sixteen years of age, is one to keep an eye on, we'll be hearing more from him, that's for sure. And the new boy, trumpeter Ferg Kilsby. We were there when young Ferg stepped into the lion's den that is the Black Swan jam session. It's the kind of session where if you can't cut it, you'll be eaten alive. Ferg cut it alright, and now, post-pandemic, it's clear our Tyne Valley horn player has taken several Giant Steps forward.    

(Photo by Russell)
More from Mr H - Maiden Voyage. It's a number that, in the wrong hands, can drag. Here in Nunsmoor no such worries. Trumpeter Ferg negotiated the composition's subtle twists and turns, pitching like a pro. Excellent stuff! Outdoor gigs are what they are, they have their attractions and distractions. Pizzas hot from the Northern Slice oven, liberal quantities of BYOB, kids dancing, big kids dancing...it's Friday night, what can you do? 

(Photo courtesy of
Elizabeth Gallagher)*
Caravan. When you hear it, you know a storm is brewing. King David behind the traps did the business. There Will Never Be Another You taken at a brisk tempo maintained the interest and, as we approached the end of two enjoyable sets, Josh at the keys brought in Seven Steps to Heaven. Knats exceeded expectations. The guys can be heard again, this time indoors, two weeks tomorrow (Sunday 20 June). The Globe (that's Newcastle Jazz Co-op's HQ on Railway Street just off Redheugh Bridge) is the place to catch them. It's a tenner admission for an eight o'clock start. Note - very few tickets remain unsold. Advance booking is essential (no walk-ups on the night), be quick, book now at: 
www.jazz.coop
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Russell
* MP for Newcastle Central and Co-Vice Chair of APPJAG Chi Onwurah pictured afterwards with the band - Lance

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