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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! --

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 16, 2021

Newcastle Jazz Festival Day Three (the middle sets): Not Now Charlie & the Abbie Finn Trio - August 15

Not Now Charlie: Jamie Toms (tenor sax); Pawel Jedrzejewski (guitar); Richard Campbell (keyboards); Liam Gaughan (bass guitar); Dave Mckeague (drums)

The home straight. The third of three days of varied, quality live jazz. Note 'live' jazz! Throughout the festival many of the musicians remarked upon the novelty of performing for, and in front of, people. Funny old world, eh? 

Jamie Toms and Liam Gaughan were just two of many faces working non-stop to help make the festival run without a hitch. If there was a hitch, it went unnoticed by the many punters who turned up to enjoy the music. For three quarters of an hour Jamie and Liam were able to forget about festival duties and take to the stage to enjoy themselves playing music. 

Tenor saxophonist Jamie fronts Not Now Charlie with six-string bassist Liam working in the engine room alongside powerhouse drummer Dave McKeague.  The five piece outfit played all original material from the band's pre-lockdown Nostalgia Revisited album and it was as if the guys had never been away. NNC ripped through the title track, Mythos and Hadath with its Middle Eastern vibe. Pianist Richard Campbell did the necessary, guitarist Pav Jedrzejewski did the business with a touch of Sco's angular blues feel for good measure, and, as a unit, we were listening to one tight, grooving band.                                                                                                            -----    
The Abbie Finn Trio: Abbie Finn (drums); Harry Keeble (tenor sax); Paul Grainger (double bass) 

It's easy to lose count, who did what and when? Now, without checking, Mr Paul Grainger could well lay claim to have been the hardest working musician at the 2021 Newcastle Jazz Festival. Here he was again today, down for two sessions. Later Mr PG would be heard working on Sue Ferris' Gerry Mulligan set (see LL's review). In a more familiar role, Paul joined drummer Abbie Finn and tenor saxophonist Harry Keeble to play a selection of numbers from Abbie's recently released Northern Perspective album and a few modern jazz standards. 

Abbie's Walkabout has a familiar ring to it. If it bears a resemblance to a classic number from way back that's no bad thing. Until a tune springs to mind, consider it Abbie's! The trio remembered Chick Corea with a fine take on Windows, Harry tipped his metaphorical hat to Michael Brecker on Don Grolnick's Nothing Personal, and the tenor horn gave a measured reading of Mingus' Goodbye Pork Pie Hat. To round off their set, Abbie and the boys danced their way through Victor Feldman's Seven Steps to Heaven
 
Day three was well and truly under way. We were looking ahead to the festival headline appearance of Mr Jay Phelps. Russell

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