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Bebop Spoken There

Steve Fishwick: “I can’t get behind the attitude that new is always somehow better than old”. (Jazz Journal, April 15, 2019).

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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

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'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.

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Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

Postage

16527 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 407 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 12).

From This Moment On ...

June

Thu 13: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 13: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00. Upstairs.
Thu 13: Musicians Unlimited @ Dorman’s, Middlesbrough. 8:00pm.
Thu 13: Jazz Guys @ Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival, Corbridge. 8:00pm.
Thu 13: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 13: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Musicians Unlimited

Fri 14: Mark Williams Trio @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 14: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 14: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 14: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 14: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. ‘Ella & Ellington’. 7:30pm. £18.00.
Fri 14: Customs House Big Band @ Customs House, South Shields. 7:30pm. Donations (online, min. £3.00.).

Sat 15: Keith Barrett & Andrew Porritt @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 12 noon. Free. A Cullercoats Festival event.
Sat 15: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Sat 15: James Birkett & Emma Fisk @ Sunderland Minster. 7:30pm. £15.00., £8.00. (u16s free). ‘The Great American Songbook’. A Bishopwearmouth Choral Society event, conductor David Murray.
Sat 15: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 16: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn SR6 8AA. 1:00-2:45pm. Free.
Sun 16: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 16: Gaz Hughes Trio @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. £10.00.
Sun 16: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 16: Gaz Hughes Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 16: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 17: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 17: ‘Tower of Power’ @ The Library Bar, Saddler St., Durham . 7:30pm.Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Tue 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30pm. £13.00. ‘Jazz, Sausage ‘n’ Mash’…’with Onion Gravy’!
Tue 18: Jam Session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Tim Johnston.
Tue 18: Libby Goodridge & Ben Davies @ The Lost Wanderer, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £6.00. Triple bill, inc. Goodridge & Davies (jazz).

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Friday, November 12, 2021

Musicians Unlimited @ Dormans Jazz Club Middlesbrough - Nov.5

The first guest band to play since the lockdown featured the award winning band from Hartlepool led on this occasion by trombonist Peter Morgan.

For the first time the band played in the main concert hall and this proved to be very successful with a large and enthusiastic audience.

The opener, In the Mood, showed how tight the band is and that we were in for a great night of music. S‘Wonderful followed with fine solos from Mark Toomey and Gary Hadfield. Ray Noble’s The Very Thought of You was beautifully sung by Jan Spencelayh before the band launched into Take the A Train. The style changed again with that nice ballad Emily, and Jan singing That Old Black Magic.

Many more numbers followed including Down Basie Street, Light Vibrations, Jan singing My Heart Belongs to Daddy, Cheek to Cheek and Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue with fine solos from Sue Ferris and Bill Watson. 

After playing Lil' Darlin’, Jeannine and Jumpin' at the Woodside, the  rhythm section set the pace for The Jazz Police - a great swinging number by Gordon Goodwin to finish the first session.

A rousing big band version of Sweet Georgia Brown  with a nice trombone solo from Chris Hibbard  was followed by a particular favourite of mine What A Difference A Day Made featuring Jan. 

Days of Wine and Roses and Witchcraft were played and then two further vocals from Jan Lullaby of Birdland and Fever. Bringing the evening almost to a close with Clam Chowder and Sammy Nestico's arrangement of Jersey Bounce which had fine soloing from Kevin Eland the show finished with Sue Ferris on flute in Children Of Sanchez.

This was an excellent and memorable night of big band music at its best played to an enthusiastic audience. Many thanks go to the great musicians in the band (sorry I didn't manage to name all of them) and to Peter (standing in for Mick Donnelly) for his leadership and amusing comments.

Thanks also go to Phil Reay for looking after the sound and most importantly to Dormans Club for their support with the Jazz Club. Ron H

Kevin Eland, Bill Watson, Colin Moore, Alan Catherall (trumpets); Ernie O'Hern, Chris Hibbard, Tommy Cloughton, Peter Morgan (trombones); Mark Toomey, Dan Johnson, Sue Ferris, Barbara Fagan, Gillian Nelson (saxes); Garry Hadfield (piano); Mick Shoulder (bass); John Bradford (drums); Ian Bosworth (guitar); Jan Spencelayh (vocals)

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