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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.

Sunday, July 10, 2022

WYJO, DUBB & the RAO @ Wigan Jazz Festival - July 9

Wigan's own took centre stage on the Saturday afternoon session at this year's Wigan Jazz Festival. A sweltering summer's day didn't deter the crowds as the Village on the Green welcomed another full house. Doors open, house lights dimmed, things were set fair for a big band triple bill.

Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra (WYJO) took to the stage suited and booted, and, true to form, hit the ground running. The winning band at this year's Great North Big Band Jazz Festival, coached by MD David Little, knows its onions and, in a set list comprising charts by Gordon Goodwin (no surprise there), Herbie Hancock (Cantaloupe Island) and Pat Metheny, soloists and sections showed how a young (predominately teenage) orchestra can achieve and sustain a remarkably high level of performance.

On home turf WYJO was afforded the luxury of playing two sets in front of family, friends and supporters. And in the second set the town's young musicians had the amazing privilege of sharing the stage with ex-Stan Kenton man Mike Vax! Flying in from Phoenix, Arizona, trumpeter Vax was in great form. Beaming a ready smile, Vax blew some scintillating trumpet, sustaining screaming Kenton-esque passages, seemingly with ease. Scatting on a blues with Emily Masser won huge applause and WYJO and Mr Mike Vax went out on Chick Corea's Spain.

Earlier, Durham University Big Band arrived in the heat of the midday sun. Pianist Ben Lawrence occupied the piano stool to play the festival's no-expense-spared Steinway and from the off it was clear DUBB had a play some fiendishly difficult charts! Tom Kubis' On Purple Porpoise Parkway to old school When You're Smiling (Ben Lawrence impressing) to the Buddy Rich Love for Sale chart, DUBB made a more than favourable impression with Wigan's diehard big band fans. Highlights...Ellen Clarke singing Don't Go to Her, and the rhythm section - Ben Lawrence, bassist Ewan Thomas and drummer Archie Kneeshaw.

RAO - that's the Really Awful Orchestra - hails from West Yorkshire. Under the directorship of Chris Perry, the community big band (this afternoon a mere thirty or so strong!) takes pride in welcoming lapsed musicians, the sort of people who, for the most part, life got in the way of music making. A string section (!) and umpteen brass and reeds supported by an enthusiastic rhythm section, enjoyed themselves and the Village on the Green audience certainly enjoyed the band's performance. Russell

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