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Farewell Blues

R I P Terry Shannon - November 5, 1929 - October 29, 2022
R I P Oliver Soden - ? - November 6, 2022
R I P Top Cat Daphne - ? - November 24, 2022.

Bebop Spoken There

Michael League: "We flew back from Europe, and the second gig we [Snarky Puppy] did was in Arcata, California. There were two people. And one of them was the bartender." - (DownBeat December, 2022)

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!"

Postage

14806 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1074 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (Nov.24).

From This Moment On ...

November

Sat 26: Rat Pack - Swingin' at the Sands @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.
Sat 26: Jean Toussaint @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sun 27: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 27: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 27: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 27: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 27: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free. Sitters-in & audience welcome.
Sun 27: Nu Civilisation Orchestra @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 27: Jamil Sheriff's Five Gold Rings @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 28: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 28: Jeremy McMurray & Friends @ Billingham Catholic Club. 7:30pm. £5.00. at the door. A SVP fundraiser for Xmas food hampers.

Tue 29: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

Wed 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 30: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Wed 30: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 30: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 30: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

December
Thu 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 01: New York Jazz Night feat. Zoë Gilby @ The Keys, Yarm. 7:00pm. £30.00. (inc. meal). Tickets from Skiddle. Gilby w. Noel Dennis, Mark Williams & Andy Champion.
Thu 01: Bold Big Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Cluny 2.
Thu 01: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm. Paul Skerritt & James Harrison residency.
Thu 01: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 02: Swing Manouche @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 02: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 02: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 02: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 02: Durham University Big Band + Durham University Jazz Orchestra @ Kingsgate Bar, Durham Students' Union, Dunelm House, Durham. 7:00pm. £3.00. & £2.50. Fundraiser for Coppafeel.
Fri 02: Niffi Osiyemi Trio @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm.
Fri 02: Alligator Gumbo @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm. Xmas party.
Fri 02: Struggle Buggy's Almost Xmas Party @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Newcastle Jazz Festival Day Two: Dennis Rollins; Mo Scott; Jasmine Quintet - August 14

Photo © Malcolm Sinclair
Dennis Rollins' Velocity Trio: Dennis Rollins (trombone); Ross Stanley (Hammond B3); Pedro Segundo (drums) + Anoushka Nanguy (trombone).

Day two of the Newcastle Jazz Festival moved from the opulence of the Civic Centre to the more down to earth setting of the Tyne Bank Brewery for another day of variety and a wider choice of ale. However, quantity doesn't always equate with quality although, musicwise, it most certainly did.

The headline act was Dennis Rollins' Velocity Trio and velocity they had in abundance.

Photo © Malcolm Sinclair
To describe them as a powerhouse trio would be the understatement of the century. They begin where most bands of that description finish! Rollins, blowing a trombone with an uptilted horn didn't hold back. At times he created the effect of two trombones using, I presume, a form of octave pedal. Later, he converted the digital magic to reality when he brought fellow trombonist Anoushka on stage and the pair, backed up by Ross Stanley on Hammond and, not one but two Leslie speakers, the sound was something else. With Pedro Segundo driving them like a man on a mission to challenge every drummer in the world to put up or shut up the audience were shell-shocked for a brief second before they realised just what they'd experienced.

If you think I'm exaggerating and need further proof, it almost put a head on my beer - almost.

These were three guys who would win any shoot out and, who's not to say that under Dennis' mentorship that Anoushka will soon be up there too. As it stands, she's not far off.

The material came from two albums: The 11th Gate and Symbiosis. The queues soon formed for signed CDs.

The Mo Scott Band: Mo Scott (vocals); Dave Dryden (guitar); Keith Peberdy (bass guitar); Paul Smith (drums)

Mo was in a tough spot having to follow the previous set and, having been confined to barracks since you know when, she had it all to do. However, the north east's number one blues mama, like her inspirations, is at her best when the cards are stacked against her and it didn't take her long to to get the remainers to remain. Mo, and her music, is here to stay.

Numbers included: Devil Woman; Fever; Mercy, Mercy, Mercy; I Want Some Sugar in my Bowl; Don't Let me be Misunderstood; I Don't Need no Doctor; When the Sun Goes Down

Jasmine Quintet: Jasmine Whalley (alto sax); Sam Quintana (bass); Jasper Green (keys) Ben Haskins (guitar); ? (drums).

I must hang my head in shame here. Just as the set began, the hunger pangs hit - it had been a long time since breakfast - and I nipped out to the Caps Off catering van, parked outside, thinking I'll miss perhaps one number. Unfortunately, or perhaps not unsurprisingly, many others were of a similar mind and the queue was approaching crowd control status (slight exaggeration) the upshot being that I missed most of the set although, what I did hear was some contemporary jazz played by a fine alto player with a band that demonstrated the qualities that got them their Northern Line support grant. Lance             

ps: If you want to live the blues life you don't need to go to Chicago, Philly or Detroit. Just get on the Q3 bus late evening when the sun done gone down. 

An altercation between a drunk and a couple of equally inebriated women was approaching its climax. One of the 'ladies' said to the guy: "You're going to regret that remark for the rest of your life" which I thought was on a par with Clint Eastwood's "Make my day" in the movie Dirty Harry. However, at this point the bus stopped and two of Newcastle's finest boarded the bus and released the women into the jungle a.k.a. Dean St. on a Friday night. 

1 comment :

Steve T said...

Trios with three forces of nature: Cream maybe, Lifetime definitely, ELP some - not Russell - might say, Trio of Doom without a doubt but - mercifully - they were far less than the sum of their parts, or where on earth would we be!

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