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Lakecia Benjamin: "From my early days with Clark Terry, he told me 'they see you before they hear you'... I'm just not from that school of thought where I'm gonna wear my jeans and T-shirt on stage and that's going to be respectable." - (Jazzwise, February 2023)

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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.

Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

George Grundy Quartet @ The Railway, Stockport - August 17

Aaron Wood  (trumpet); Richard Jones  (piano);  Bim Williams (bass);  George Grundy (drums)

The first tune of the evening It Could Happen To You  turned out to be highly appropriate as drummer George Grundy explained to a small group of jazz fans that the trumpet player had gone to another Railway Pub in Stockport.  Fortunately, it was close by and the problem was solved by making the opening number a feature for Richard Jones on the house upright piano plus bass and drums.  


Grundy went on to say that the first time he was booked to play at this venue he tripped as he was arriving and had to go to A and E which put him out of action,  On his second visit here, during the first tune, the bass player received a phone call and had to dash off home to deal with a  family emergency. Hope George’s luck improves!


Anyway, Aaron Wood arrived and after a short warm-up went straight into Monk’s Let’s Cool One, a tune I used to like playing. I wonder if Aaron has heard Clark Terry’s version from the Riverside LP In Orbit which has Thelonious in a rare sideman role? I remember Aaron impressed me  when I heard him as part of Mike Hall’s Octet playing alongside Alan Barnes at a concert in Cheadle in the pre-lockdown era.


 I've seen Bim Williams here on two previous occasions but then he was playing his main instrument which is guitar and this is the first time I have heard him on double bass. Bim's based in Manchester and I believe he is playing this month at the Kings Arms, Salford on August 28. George Grundy is a fine drummer and his quartet is well worth checking out out if they play in your area.  


The way things are happening in the world right now we need more jazz. I’ll be along  to the Railway on Sunday to listen to the Helen Pillinger and Carole Williams Quintet. Mike Farmer

 

 It Could Happen To You; Let’s Cool One; Just Friends; Nobody Else But Me  In the Making of the Blues; Take the A Train; Perdido; On the Trail; 'Round Midnight; Rubber Bottom

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