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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!

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

Postage

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 ...

January

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. SOLD OUT!

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: ???

February

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.

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Remembering Tom Hall @ The Grand Hotel, Tynemouth - July 23

Rendezvous Jazz: Maureen Hall (vocals); Gavin Lee (clarinet, alto sax); Don Fairley (trombone); Brian Chester (piano); John Robinson (double bass); George Davidson (drums, vocals)

The rather grand setting of Tynemouth's Grand Hotel hosted Maureen Hall's get together of family and friends to remember the life and times of Tom Hall. As the room tucked into a sumptuous buffet, Maureen recounted stories of Tom's mischievous sense of humour, whether at work, at the cricket club or on holiday, and, to put the icing on the cake, for the best part of an hour and a half, Rendezvous Jazz played some good old Dixieland and New Orleans jazz.
A swinging Weary Blues set the standard. Maureen, flanked by Gavin Lee (in great form on clarinet and alto sax) and the evergreen Don Fairley (trombone), told the stories about Tom - the one about winning over his new work colleagues, bringing a smile to their faces, the one about Tom being a little worse for wear on a special occasion (Maureen forgave him!) and the one about the carrot in the cricket pavilion, best not to go into too much detail about that one...

Bobby Shaftoe (a favourite of Tom's) was given a jazz treatment, Maureen sang Victor Young's One Hundred Years from Today, an instrumental take on Swing That Music, and much more, the jazz fans and any non-jazz fans in the room loved every minute of it. The room filled with laughter as Maureen told the tales, some of Tom's cricketing pals confirming the voracity of the sporting escapades. 

That Teasin' Rag from 1909 and a typically spirited Bill Bailey, powered along by the rhythm section - Messrs Brian Chester, John Robinson and George Davidson -  saw it home. It had been a splendid afternoon remembering Tom Hall. Russell   

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