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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.
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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 ...


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. CANCELLED!
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.

Fri 27: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Fergus McCreadie Trio @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.

Sat 28: Jack Logan & the Swing Section @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Calum Gourlay Big Band live streaming from the Vortex - Jan 12

Two one hour sets, actually two separate houses, available to the online armchair viewer for the princely sum of £5.35., Calum Gourlay reconvened his Vortex big band to play a mix of new material and tried and tested charts. The bassist's ensemble comprising household names across the sections suggested we were in for a treat. 

Kicking off with a new Gourlay composition, Don't You Dare featured alto sax and trombone solos (respectively Alice Leggett and Kieran McLeod). Hinting at a take-no-prisoners approach, this first set was shaping up nicely. Trevor Mires blew a fiendishly difficult sounding trombone solo on New Ears (it's been in the pad a while as a quartet number), as good as you'll hear anywhere. Baritone sax specialist James Allsopp took to his feet to blow a corruscating solo on another new tune titled RT, the rhythm section - Rick Simpson, Gourlay and James Maddren - sketching an impressionistic backdrop before leaving it to trumpeter Charlotte Keeffe and tenor saxophonist Xhosa Cole to resolve their differences in a thrilling, free form duet. 

Bear in a Flat set about scaring the horses, neighbours, and anyone and anything in earshot featuring tremendous solos by Simpson, Allsopp and Keeffe. Junction 14 rounded off a terrific first set. And what a way to sign off: Xhosa Cole ripping it up on tenor, the main man, Calum Gourlay, with Mingus-like authority, alongside Maddren's impressive big band drumming and Ryan Quigley letting everyone know he was in the building having the final say. Russell

Charlotte Keeffe; Ryan Quigley; Sean Gibbs (trumpets); Kieran McLeod; Trevor Mires; Richard Henry (trombones); Alice Leggett (alto sax); Michael Chillingworth (alto sax); Xhosa Cole (tenor sax); Helena Kay (tenor sax); James Allsopp (baritone sax); Rick Simpson (piano); Calum Gourlay (MD, double bass); James Maddren (drums)

First set (first house): Don't You DareNew EarsRT; NaimaBear in a FlatJunction 14

Second set (second house): same as the first set and every bit as good! 

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