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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!"


15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...


Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???


Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

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.

Friday, July 15, 2022

Northern Monkey Brass Band @ The Gala, Durham - July 15

(© Malcolm Sinclair)
Graham Hardy (trumpet, vocals); Alistair Lord (trumpet); Jamie Toms (tenor sax); David Gray (trombone); Jason Holcomb (trombone); Paul Susans (sousaphone); Adam Sinclair (snare drum); Brendan Murphy (bass drum) + Ferg Kilsby (trumpet)

Graham Hardy has got the band back on the road. Lockdown hit hard and it's only in the last few weeks that the Northern Monkeys have once again been let Loose in the Banana Patch. The Gala's audience didn't bargain for Hardy's troop coming at them from all sides - trumpet through one door, trombone through another, braying sousaphone out in the corridor, snare and bass drums rattling a few cages. 

Five compositions by band leader Hardy (plus two arrangements by the Head Monkey) and two or three timeless numbers, the NMBB's varied set list held broad appeal. The musicianship of the highest order, solos pinged around the frontline horns, buoyed by the pulsating rhythm section. Water of Tyne opened with brass band solemnity, the audience waiting with baited breath for the flick-of-a-switch to take us to the streets of N'Awlins. 

The NMBB invited Ferg Kilsby to join the party. The young Tyne Valley based trumpeter stood toe-to-toe with Head Monkey Hardy on High on Life. Professor Longhair's Goin' to Mardi Gras closed the show and, here's a first, Graham Hardy sang! Think Dr John, that's where GH was coming from. Excellent, more please, Graham! Russell

Set list: Loose in the Banana PatchThe A-TeamNinja PrincessWater of TyneSummertimeHigh on LifeFunky PieGoin' to Mardi Gras.

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