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Bebop Spoken There

Charles McPherson: “Jazz is best heard in intimate places”. (DownBeat, July, 2024).

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Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

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

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.


16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...


Tue 16: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Terrace, Seaton Delaval NE25 0AT. 12:30pm. £15.00 (tel: 0191 237 3697). Summer BBQ in the Beer Graden.
Tue 16: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger & Abbie Finn.

Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 17: John Pope & John Garner + Nisha Ramayya @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £15.00. (£12.00. adv.). A Gem Arts Masala Festival event.

Thu 18 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle NE1 7BJ. 2:30pm. £4.00.
Thu 18: Theo Croker @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Brad Linde’s Continentals @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Eva Fox & the Jazz Guys @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 18: Ray Stubbs R&B All Stars @ The Mill Tavern, Hebburn. 8:00pm. Rhythm & blues.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Darlington Big Band.

Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 19: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Friday, October 28, 2022

Knats - Actual Proof @ Hoochie Coochie - Oct. 27

Ferg Kilsby (trumpet); Jacob Wilson (tenor saxophone); Chris Outhwaite (keyboards); Stan Woodward (bass); King David Ike-Elechi (drums)

The Headhunters toured the world in the seventies filling concert halls from Newcastle to New York. It was around the time of Actual Proof, one of Herbie Hancock's jazz-funk hits (in the world of chart music it was a 'hit' of sorts). Fast forward half a century to Hoochie Coochie on Pilgrim Street in Newcastle for the return of a reshaped, reinvigorated Knats. It's only a matter of weeks since Stan, King and the now departed (to musical pastures new) Josh went off to the 'bright lights, big city' of London. The word was out and a large crowd turned out.

This free admission gig, hosted by the now resident (monthly) Swannek, pulled in newbies, oldies and in betweenies. Knats were billed as Swannek's guests, but full credit to the host band for getting it right, Swannek opting to open the show with Knats to follow. Bluster, self confidence, call it what you will, Stan Woodward is Knats' engaging frontman. Possessing prodigious jazz-funk bass-playing chops, Stan and big pal King David Ike-Elechi (drums) hit on a groove and didn't let up. At all of seventeen, band veteran Ferg Kilsby (trumpet) knew what was required, time and again stepping up to the plate, firing from the lip. Wow! 

From Joe Henderson to Herbie Hancock (Actual Proof) to danceable originals, this was one killing trio. Trio? Wait a minute! Make that 'quintet', the new boys were in tenor saxophonist Jacob Wilson and pianist Chris Outhwaite. New to London, it didn't take Stan and King long to recruit these two hotshots. In their twenteens, Jacob (Kent Youth Jazz Orchestra and on to music college) is living the dream, a successful crowdfunding campaign (supported by one of the British jazz scene's most venerable musicians) enabled him to purchase a more-than-decent instrument and look at him now! Jacob appeared to be enjoying himself trading with Ferg. The volume, the lights, the packed room, they were having fun! And pianist Chris (emerging from a Royal Birmingham Conservatoire junior jazz ensemble) more than made himself heard, we have another tremendous talent in our midst. We haven't seen or heard the last of Knats, far from it. The next time the boys are in town don't miss 'em!

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