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George "Big Nick" Nicholas: "This band [George Adams-Don Pullen Quartet] is a bitch on roller skates, baby. They'll run you over if you ain't ready" (JazzTimes April, 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! --

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.

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.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Nearly Dan @ Sage Gateshead - Sept. 18

After a delay because of the Pandemic (I think I paid for my ticket in pounds, shillings and pence) the excellent Nearly Dan finally took to the stage in Sage Two to the delight of an expectant and fervent crowd robbed of live music for so long. The spirit and sound of Steely Dan, always on the jazz side of modern music, is alive and well, even though Donald Fagen remains the only touring member of the original band after the sad loss of Walter Becker - has it really been 5 years? frightening - in the capable hands of Nearly Dan.

Whilst I went with the thought that I would have to make allowances for perhaps a rusty performance nothing could be further from the truth even though singer and guitarist Steve Hayes has spent his enforced timeout from music and touring working on a building site and as he was all too keen to point out that was not the most astute idea even though he, like so many musicians, had little choice if they were to survive. 

Every facet of the band exudes accomplished musicianship both guitarists replicated the complex chords and riffs created by Becker/Baxter/Carlton and others with ease, Steve Hayes vocals are a perfect compliment to the band ably assisted by the other members particularly Kate Robertson and Sarah Miller on backing vocals who gel and harmonise perfectly with Steve. I have to give a shout out for the brass section of Tim France and Phil Nicholas the first bars they played brought the Steely Dan “sound to life” and their solos were so accomplished.

I won’t bother you with a set list but needless to say all the classic tracks were there Reelin in the Years, Do it again,  Doctor Wu, Black Cow, Peg plus Donald Fagen’s New Frontier all perfectly purveyed but perhaps Kid Charlemagne was the best of a great bunch . Steve Hayes said the first time he heard The Royal Scam he was absolutely blown away with that track and couldn’t get over the complexity of the arrangement, thankfully he and the band, especially Tim France with a brilliant sax solo, breezed through it. The crowd were ecstatic,  driven by the music, but mostly by being afforded a return to their collective passion of seeing live music in the flesh. Neil C

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