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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.

Fri 20: Andrea Vicari Trio @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Vicari (piano), Andy Champion (double bass), Abbie Finn (drums).
Fri 20: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: Swing Bridge @ Garden House Coffee, Hallgate, Hexham. 4:05pm.
Fri 20: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 20: Customs House Big Band w Ruth Lambert @ Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm.
Fri 20: Andrea Vicari Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club. Vicari (piano), Andy Champion (double bass), Abbie Finn (drums).

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.
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.

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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