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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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13,348 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 766 of them this year alone and, so far, 40 this month (June 11).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Sun 13: Charlotte Keeffe Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. (8:00pm). £10:00. Advance booking essential at: www.jazz.coop.

Wed 16: Washboard Resonators @ Punchbowl Hotel, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm). SOLD OUT!

Thu 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside (1:00pm).

Thu 17: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 18: Jazz Jamaica @ Sage Gateshead (8:00pm).

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

Sun 20 Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: www.jazz.coop.

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm).

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm).

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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