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Bebop Spoken There

Maurice J. Summerfield: "Over dinner one night Barney [Kessel] told me about his seminar The Effective Guitarist, and in 1972 my company presented the first of twelve annual UK seminars in Newcastle upon Tyne." - (Just Jazz Guitar, September 1997)

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!"

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15087 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 106 of them this year alone and, so far, 4 this month (Feb. 1).

From This Moment On ...

February

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. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewwitt (alto sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Dilutey Juice @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Smoove & Turrell @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £25.00.
Fri 03: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Rivkala @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sun 05: Jive Aces @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 05: Dale Storr @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 05: Jam No.13 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students alike).

Mon 06: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 07: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums). Jam session reverts to a first & third Tuesday in the month schedule.

Wed 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 08: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Free. TBC.
Wed 08: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 08: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 08: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Sunday, October 03, 2021

David Gray & Mark Williams @ Prohibition Bar - Oct. 2

David Gray (trombone); Mark Williams (guitar)

The name is Gray, David Gray...the name is Williams, Mark Williams. In the wake of the latest 007 box office blockbuster, David Gray and Mark Williams cashed in with a couple of Bond, James Bond numbers. On a rainy evening on Pink Lane, Prohibition Bar was doing steady business. A trombone-guitar duo isn't the obvious combination for a Saturday night out, but when the calibre of musician on stage is dynamic trombonist David Gray and guitar maestro Mark Williams, you're onto a winner.

Prohibition Bar's stage isn't of Pinewood Studios dimensions, it's more like two telephone boxes side by side. Gray standing, Williams seated, our duo dialled up the first number, Sonny Rollins' Doxy. William's Finally owed something to P Metheny, William's Arabic intro to Jobim's Wave momentarily wrong footed the audience and We Have All the Time in the World came as a welcome surprise. If only Gray, David Gray had chosen to sing, perhaps next time. 

An interval chat with our two Bonds: in a matter of hours Gray, David Gray, would be making his way to Ayr on an assignment with SouLutions, Williams, Mark Williams, was planning to spy upon, sorry, check out the NFOJIM jam session - rendezvous fifteen hundred hours Sunday, Black Swan.

Second set, Gray declared the opener was ambitious for a 'bone-guitar combo - Chick Corea's 500 Miles High. What do you know? Mission accomplished! Gray's Silver Orcas tipped the hat at Silver, Horace Silver. Diamonds Are Forever as a duo instrumental (Ms Bassey wasn't available) followed by another ambitious chart - Anthropology. Happy to report our Bonds survived intact! To conclude a fun evening, Gray, David Gray upped the ante, suggesting the set closer was 'super ambitious'. Chick Corea's Spain the challenge, Gray and Williams soared five hundred miles high, safely returning to HQ to receive plaudits from Her Maj and punters alike.   006
        
Set list: Doxy; All the Things You AreBeatriceFinally (comp. M Williams); WaveWe Have All the Time in the World (from On Her Majesty's Secret Service); 500 Miles HighSilver Orcas (comp. D Gray); Diamonds Are Forever (from Diamonds Are Forever); AnthropologyUntitled (comp. M Williams); Spain.    

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