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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

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Scarborough Jazz Festival: Saturday Afternoon - Sept. 25

Having over-indulged in gypsy jazz a few years back, Djanco featuring violinist Andy Aitchison signified my return after a couple of years rest. Gypsy jazz seems to have a community which thinks it’s the greatest style of jazz, or even the only style of jazz, while others find it passé and a bit of a novelty, which may be why it has a general appeal to jazz muggles. I’m somewhat agnostic but think it adds variety to a festival, though I think a Saturday afternoon slot is about right.

A standard setup of two guitars, violin and bass, these were great: great guitarist, great guest violinist, witty banter from the leader, who also played pocket trumpet (or at least a very small trumpet) and some flamenco influence to add to the standard gypsy fayre. Swing for Nanine, Kurt Weill’s September Song, apparently the signature tune for an old sitcom ‘From May to December’; not one I remember/ed.

 

Inevitably Minor Swing, which seems to have become the national anthem of gypsy jazz - or maybe it always has been – before a singalong to end; I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, perhaps giving some credence to those who think it’s all just a bit of fun, or maybe that’s no bad thing.

 

The Karen Sharp Quartet were already onstage when I got back to the hall and I was delighted to see her playing baritone, though having seen her several times with Alan Barnes, perhaps I should have known. Nor perhaps should I have been surprised to see Nikki Iles beside her at the piano. A solid saxophonist and is there a more reliable pair of hands at the piano? A dream team with a couple of men keeping their end up at the back.

 

A few of their favourite tunes she promised, correcting herself to say they were some of hers - she being the leader – including Bill Evans’ Interplay, Monk’s Pannonica, Clare Fisher’s Pensativa and John Scofield’s Not You Again, a reworking of There Will Never be Another You.

 

A fantastic way to spend a Saturday afternoon, but the best festivals always involve choices (and I was facing a bigger one in the evening), but with an accomplice who has come round to jazz but within limits, some time was needed in the late summer Scarborough sun, in anticipation of the most promising Saturday night at the Scarborough Festival in years. Steve T 

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