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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!"

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14438 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 716 of them this year alone and, so far, 13 this month (August 6).

From This Moment On ...

August

Wed 10: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 10: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Wed 10: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 10: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 10: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 11: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 11: Baghdaddies @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. Time TBC.
Thu 11: Indigo Jazz Voices: Little Big Band Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. POSTPONED!
Thu 11: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests Donna Hewitt (sax) Josh Bentham (sax) Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 12: Ben Gilbert Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm.
Fri 12: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 12: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 12: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sun 14: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 14: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm.
Sun 14: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ West Park, South Shields. 2:00pm.
Sun 14: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 14: Anth Purdy @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Sun 14: Sunday Night Am Jam Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Note start time.

Mon 15: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 15: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Jazz on a Summer's Day* in Jarrow - August 28.

(Photos by Russell)
Brian Bennett (banjo); Jim McBriarty (clarinet, tenor sax, vocals); Mick Hill (trumpet, vocals); Phil Rutherford (sousaphone).

The West Park in Jarrow is quite a magnificent setting. Lovingly cared for flowerbeds, swings and other attractions for kids all combine to make this the perfect setting for an idyllic sunny afternoon,

The icing on the cake for those present who are partial to a slice of New Orleans' jazz was the presence of the Vieux Carré Hot Four who played a couple of sets that, hopefully, brought some of the younger listeners to realise that music - and jazz - has been going for a long long time. Maybe it began when Adam serenaded Eve with the original version of Scrapple From the Apple - who knows?

Whatever, even without a drummer, there were a few gals today who shook it all about in time to the rhythm!

I'd heard the full VCJ Orchestra at the Crescent Club a few days earlier and, despite the open air setting which is normally anathema acoustic wise, the sound in the park was 100% superior. 

That was until the batteries ran out on the wireless mics!

Nevertheless, the band's two sets were very enjoyable and, hopefully, next time, more of our local trad fans will turn up. I did make a note of the tunes played on a till receipt from Home Bargains which, unfortunately, was gone with the wind.

Earlier, down in deepest Jarrow outside the Albion Gin and Ale House, former miner's leader Arthur Scargill displayed his powers of oratory to a, mainly, adoring crowd. It was impressive. Agree or disagree, he's  a man never to be disregarded and still has the charisma. 

A day to remember although it did occur to me that the two events could have been coordinated.  Lance.

*Jazz on a Summer's Day - the film of the Newport Jazz Festival that created such a strong impression when it hit the big screen back in 1959 is being shown at Newcastle's Everyman Cinema on Bank Holiday Monday (Aug 30) at 2:30pm. There's an additional - previously unseen - 20 minutes of footage that is only available to Everyman cinema goers - strikes me as a better deal than lying on the beach!

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