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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.
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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.

Sat 21: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Market Place, Darlington. 11:00am - 3:00pm. All star line-up!
Sat 21: Elkie Brooks @ Whitley Bay Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra @ The Hippodrome, Darlington. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 22 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 22: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 22: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 22: Abstract Orchestra plays J Dilla @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle. 7:30pm. CANCELLED!
Sun 22: Panharmonia @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 23: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

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: Jack Logan & the Swing Section @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Paul Hartley Quartet w. Mike Hope @ The Railway, Stockport - August 24

Paul Hartley (guitars); Ed Harrison (bass); Eryl Roberts (drums); Mike Hope (tenor sax).

Paul’s guest on this occasion was a player who, like a previous guest Suzanne Fonseca, is a member of the famed Syd Lawrence Orchestra, playing tenor/alto sax and clarinet.

For his trip to the Railway he elected to bring his tenor sax and he played a nice selection of tunes starting with an up-tempo workout on Parker’s Relaxin’ at Camarillo  If I had to describe Mike Hope’s playing approach I would say a mixture of Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, with a hint of Warne Marsh. He certainly knows his way around the saxophone and he was well served by the rhythm section who benefited greatly from the presence of Ed Harrison - if you need a first rate bassman he is the one to get.

Hartley played some fine solos on his regular guitar but changed to a different instrument for tunes that needed a Latin groove such as O Grande Amour. When I hear this tune I always think of Stan Getz and the short-lived group he had with Richie Beirach, Dave Holland, and Jack DeJohnette on a hot afternoon in Central Park during the Schaefer Jazz Festival 1973.  Those days have gone but Mike’s rendition brought the memories flooding back. 

I am now looking forward to this Sunday and the first post-lockdown gig – Aug 29 - at the Railway for the great tenor player Dean Masser so arrive early to grab a good seat. 9:00pm-11:00pm. Mike Farmer

Relaxin’ at Camarillo; There Will Never Be Another You; My Foolish Heart; Triste; Desifinado; How Deep Is The Ocean?; I’ll Remember April; O Grande Amour; Anthropology; But Beautiful; I Want To Be Happy.

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