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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'"

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Postage

14250 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 469 of them this year alone and, so far, 69 this month (May 19).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Wed 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 25: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 25: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 25: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 26: Deep Pope + Garner & Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.00.
Thu 26: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 26: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 26: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 27: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Fergus McCreadie Trio @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.

Sat 28: Whitley Bay Carnival: Northern Monkey Brass Band (1:00-1:45pm & 4:00-4:45pm); Baghdaddies (2:00-2:45pm & 5:00-5:45pm) @ Spanish City Plaza Arena, Whitley Bay. Northern Monkey Brass Band (2:30-2:45pm) @ Rainbow Corner (Marine Ave.), Whitley Bay.
Sat 28: Jack Logan & the Swing Section @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 29 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Hartlepool United Supporters’ Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Groovetrain @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 29: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Allendale Village Hall, Northumberland. 7:30pm.
Sun 29: Two of a Mind: Sue Ferris-Steve Summers Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.
Sun 29: Cedric Burnside @ Cluny, Newcastle. Superb Mississippi hill country blues!

Mon 30: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

Monday, August 09, 2021

Jazz on a Sunday @ the Globe: John Leigh Calder Quartet - August 8

John Leigh Calder (double bass, vocals); Harry Keeble (tenor sax); Alan Law (piano); Abbie Finn (drums).

I think I'm safe in saying that this was one of of the most unusual jazz gigs that the Co-op/Globe has booked since they first floated the project seven years ago and it is power to their elbow that they try to cover both ends of the spectrum and that wonderful world that lies in between.

Birdland, in NYC, proudly claims to be The Jazz Center of the World and, apart from Gotham City's other jazz clubs, few would argue against it.

Tonight's guest wore a Birdland T-shirt prompting the thought that, the Globe, in Newcastle, could make a similar boast regarding the north east. I always think of Ira Gershwin's line in They All Laughed: They all laughed at Rockefeller Center now they're fighting to get in. Substitute Rockefeller Center for the Globe and the similarities are there. Certainly tonight's socially distanced event met that criteria, albeit without any fighting. 

I must confess that John Leigh Calder was a new name to me and, even now, a few hours later, the jury is still out.

His vocal range is amazing - maybe too amazing, the falsetto excursions really were overdone, irrespective of his technical mastery. In truth, close your eyes and the chances are you may have thought it was a woman singing. 

A couple of blues, 1970s pops, a few jazz standards and, with the exception of Yellow Submarine, perhaps two of The Beatles' silliest songs ever - Norwegian Wood and Fool on the Hill.

Calder's bass playing was of the minimalist variety which is no bad thing. He hit all the right notes and in the right order. Alongside him, and blowing up a storm, Law, Keeble and Finn were in there doing the biz despite little, if any, rehearsal.

An interesting vocal adventure. Lance.

Evenin'; Corcovado; Masquerade; Room With a View of the Blues; Norwegian Wood; Night and Day; A Night in Tunisia; Isn't it Funny? (a Calder original); Work Song; The Fool on the Hill; All Blues/Everyday I Have the Blues; A Rainy Night in Georgia; Caravan; Alfie.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

2 encores at the end of the night you can’t do better than that.

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