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Bebop Spoken There

Pat Thomas: “He’s definitely one to watch, he's going to be a breath of fresh air for the jazz scene. What I like is he [Xhosa Cole] plays like Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins - you don't hear anybody come from that. He knows tunes like "Fried Bananas" by Dexter Gordon and he can play free as well." - (The Wire September 2021)

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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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Postage

13,698 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Sept. 17).

From This Moment On ...

September

Fri 17: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: Abbie Finn's Finntet @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington. 8:00pm.

Sat 18: Baghdaddies @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 18: David Gray Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 19: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 19: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Westbourne Road, Hartlepool TS25 5RB. 1:00pm. South Durham Social Club aka Steelworks or Steelies. New venue for Teesside's premier big band.
Sun 19: Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 19: Green Tangerines + Knats @ Punch Bowl Hotel, Newcastle. 3:30pm.
Sun 19: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 20: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public)
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Celebrating TITTB's 20th anniversary & Dave Weisser's forthcoming birthday! Limited gig tickets (£1.00.). Free live stream. www.jazz.coop.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall 8:00pm. .
Thu 23: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside, Gateshead. 8:30pm. .

Fri 24: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: FILM: Jazz on a Summer's Day + Swing Bridge Trio (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 7:00pm.

Friday, August 20, 2021

AF3 @ J's & B's - August 19

Abbie Finn (drums); Harry Keeble (tenor sax); Paul Grainger (double bass)

Drummer Abbie Finn's recently released Northern Perspective album formed the centre piece of this evening's concert at St James' and St Basil's Church. Arriving in the Newcastle suburb of Fenham shortly before the seven thirty start it struck your correspondent that the nights are drawing in...it'll soon be Christmas 'n' all that. 

The usual faces, and a few new ones, took their seats, no pews. Considering the venue, a bottle of Bishop's Finger seemed an appropriate choice. Paul Grainger's Umlazi Morning from Northern Perspective opened the show. Not so much a battle with, rather an acceptance of, the acoustics, the AF3 presented a set of album cuts and some perennial favourites. Band leader Abbie handled the announcements and the boys - Harry Keeble, tenor sax, Paul Grainger, bass - played their part in an entertaining evening. Tangerine, Recorda Me, Joe Henderson's Inner Urge (Abbie soloing), Beatrice, Harry's well-received Ginnungagap (inspired by Norse mythology and all that), a typically good Abbie Finn Trio performance. 

Tadd Dameron's Lady Bird always goes down well, as did another bottle of Bishop's Finger. The undemonstrative, if not understated, tenor playing of Harry Keeble caught the listeners' ear, a particular highlight being Harry's Garbarek-like introduction to Goodbye Pork Pie Hat. A good set, job done. Abbie has several gigs in the diary including a swift return to J's and B's with the Dean Stockdale Trio a week on Sunday (August 29) to play a gig in the spacious gardens, three o'clock start. Russell         

1 comment :

Abbie said...

There's a mingus big band version of pork pie with a Seamus Blake intro. Check it out :)

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