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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! --

Postage

13,822 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1239 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 18).

From This Moment On ...

October

Mon 18: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 18: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Wed 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 20: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 20: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 20: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 8:00pm.

Thu 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 21: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra.
Thu 21: Alter Ego @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle 7:30pm.
Thu 21: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 21: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 22: Mick Shoulder Quartet @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Quartet featuring Alex Clarke (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist).
Fri 22: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: Paul Edis Trio w Ruth Lambert @ St Cuthbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 22: Michael Feinstein @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 22: Peter Morgan Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 23: Mary Coughlan @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 23: Têtes de Pois @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 24 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 24: Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 24: Milne Glendinning Band @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music 2021: Hugh V Williams @ The Globe October 4.

(Pic © Ken Drew)
 Hugh V Williams (bass); George Crowley (sax); Devin Gray (drums)

So the end of another amazing festival which this year had something for everyone (even Lance and Russell). What a great cultural asset to the city of Newcastle this event is. It is a privilege to be able to sample such a wide variation of musical experiences.

The final gig couldn’t have been more appropriate - a classic contemporary jazz trio. Most of the songs played were from the band's recent album release the ‘Cooganesque’ titled Equidistant Between. Aside from some great named songs such as Retrospective Shredfest and Print Reaction.  Hugh V William’s also names his tunes in diary fashion thus we were treated to 13th January 2018 and 15/16th January 2018 not played one after another but at least played in chronological order (I wonder what the 'V' stands for hopefully Vaughan).

George Crowley is a phenomenal player both technically and creatively. Together with tremendous bass playing from Hugh V Williams and the driving drumming of New Yorker Devin Gray they  form a highly accomplished trio. Musically the band were always dynamic and kept everyone on the edge of their seats wondering as to which direction the music would take next – real jazz!
A fitting finale to a fabulous festival. 
Steve H

1 comment :

Russell said...

Steve, I go to jazz and 'improvised music' gigs year round, unlike some conservative 'I know what I like and like what I know' festival types who are rarely, if ever, seen at gigs elsewhere. Perhaps I'll see you at a New Orleans/Dixieland session or a bebop or big band gig or a jam session...

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