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Abbie Finn: "Even though there's a lot of great work being done to promote women in jazz, I still come up against some attitudes! I pulled up at a recording session with my drums in the car and the studio owner said, 'I'm sorry, this space is reserved for the drummer!'" - (Jazzwise April 2023).

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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!

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


15245 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 264 of them this year alone and, so far, 77 this month (March 25).

From This Moment On ...


Tue 28: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 28: Sanaz Lavasani Trio + Abbie Finn @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. £12.00 (£10.00. adv).

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 30: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £2.00. All welcome.
Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. Back to 1:00pm stomp off. Free.
Thu 30: Castillo Nuevo @ Revolución de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 30: '58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm. Free.
Thu 30: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 31: Lewis Watson Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 31: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 31: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 31: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. CANCELLED! Back next week (April 7).
Fri 31: Castillo Nuevo @ Revolución de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 31: Jasmine Myra + Waclaw Zimpel @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Fri 31: The Revolutionaires @ The Shack, Boldon Colliery. 7:30pm. £10.00. The Revolutionaires' big band (horn section) line-up.
Fri 31: Andrew McCormack @ Maltings, Berwick. 8:00pm. £20.00.

Sat 01: The Big Easy @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 01: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Steve Glendinning - In a Minor Key. £25.00. Enrol at:
Sat 01: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington Covered Market, Darlington DL1 5PN. 6:00pm. New venue, live jazz!
Sat 01: Boys of Brass @ Stack, Seaburn. 7:00-9:00pm.
Sat 01: Hot Club du Nord @ Pleased to Meet You, Bridge St., Morpeth. 8:00pm. £79.00. A charity fundraising event.
Sat 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00. RESCHEDULED to next week (Sat 08).

Sun 02: Smokin' Spitfires @ The Cluny. 12:45pm.
Sun 02: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.

Mon 03: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club - May 25

Brian Bennett (banjo); John Faragher (clarinet/vocals); David Gray (trombone/vocals); Lawrence McBriarty (trombone/vocals); Dave Eckhard (bass guitar) + Neville Sarony, John Broddle, Fred Thompson (vocals)

The Vieux Carré Jazzmen stomped off their regular Wednesday spot at the Crescent Club with George Lewis' Move the Body Over Here. Lewis disciple Faragher took the vocal on this one setting a pattern for what was to follow - vocals, vocals, vocals!

Lawrence McBriarty stepped up to the plate and sang Dallas Blues. He reminded me of Eric Burdon before Eric became an Animal.

Young Gray began the set on tenor trombone but, for this one, he switched to the Bb/F and remained with the bigger horn until the death which was when the band's former drummer/vocalist Fred Thompson sang Indiana.

This brought back memories of when Peter Gascoigne ("Gassy") who led an earlier version of the band would dedicate the tune to Prince Charles and introduce it as In Diana. It's a wonder he (Gassy) didn't end up in the Tower!

I digress. In between, Gray sang a number originally made famous by The Chordettes - Mr Sandman. The well-intentioned attempt to replicate the legendary intro was more dischordettes! The Puppini Sisters did a superb cover that was most surely more rehearsed!

Now came the long awaited headline act. Neville Sarony has built up a following during the course of several visits to Cullercoats in the company of Colin A - our man somewhere east of Suez - always delivering some hot vocals.

This time his remit was two-fold - to jam with the band and to promote his latest novel - The Chakrata Incident. Jamming, he sang  I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say (complete with his own lyrics), Deed I Do and Ain't Misbehavin'. Bookwise, he made his pitch during the interval which wasn't the best of timing as raffle tickets were being sold, drinks ordered and the general chit chat that invariably takes place during the interval meant he didn't grab everyone's full attention although, it has to be said, the novel seems to be an acute appraisal of the current situation in that part of the world and sounds well worth reading. I wonder, does any of the action take place in Ned Kelly's Last Stand?

John Broddle sang Up a Lazy River; David Gray sang Alcoholic Blues; and Fred Thompson did All of Me. Dave Eckhard didn't sing but he played solid bass guitar and it was also his birthday. This mightn't have been his best ever birthday but I'm sure it was somewhere on the list - Lance


Brian said...

Great to meet up once again with our good friends from Hong Kong, Neville and Angel Sarony. Neville’s last appearance with the VCJ was for Jeannie Aitchison’s 50 birthday celebration in 2018. Memories came flooding back of so many great gigs that we’ve done in the past including the fabulous ‘Jazz ‘n’ Ale Trains’. He’s still got the ‘old magic’.

Unknown said...

Neville Sarony: Lovely to meet up with Brian and the Vieux Carre Jazzmen, even though my voice barely held out! As always, Lance Liddle’s summaries are informative and make easy reading, especially when he says nice things about me. The introduction of a young ‘bone player, vocalist, David Gray, gives great hope for the future of jazz in the North East. The welcome here is the warmest in any part of the UK.

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