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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

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The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

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


15878 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 885 of them this year alone and, so far, 83 this month (Sept. 30).

From This Moment On ...


Sun 01: Smokin' Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 01: Dulcie May Moreno sings Portrait of Sheila @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00pm. £10.00. Moreno sings Sheila Jordan with Giles Strong, Mick Shoulder & John Bradford.
Sun 01: Middlesbrough Jazz & Blues Orchestra @ Saltburn Community Hall. 2:00pm.
Sun 01: The Easy Rollers @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £13.70., £11.55.
Sun 01: Brand/Roberts/Champion/Sanders @ Blank Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sun 01: Papa G's Troves @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 02: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 02: FILM: Wattstax; 50th Anniversary @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 8:00pm.

Tue 03: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 03: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Michael Young (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Sid White (drums). CANCELLED!

Wed 04: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 04: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 04: Paul Skerritt @ Vespa Italian Bar & Steakhouse, Primrose Hill, Jarrow. From 7:00pm. To book a table - 0191 483 3355.
Wed 04: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 05: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 05: Sound the Trumpets @ King's Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Free.
Thu 05: Hot Club du Nord @ The Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee. 7:00pm. £10.00. POSTPONED!
Thu 05: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 05: Tommy Bentz Trio + Mark Croft Duo + George Shovlin & George Lamb @ The Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free. Harbour View Speakeasy's USA blues double bill + Shovlin & Lamb!
Thu 05: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.
Thu 05: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 06: Alcyona Mick @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 06: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 06: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 06: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 06: WORKSHOP: Philosophy of Arts & Entertainment @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 2:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 06: Balo @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 6:20pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 06: Paul Skerritt @ 3Sixty Champagne Lounge, Hadrian’s Tower, Newcastle. From 7:00pm. To book a table - 0191 933 8591.
Fri 06: Lexer/Mayes/Noble + Semay Wu + Miman @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 7:20pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 06: Dulcie May Moreno @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm. £20.00. Book in advance. Moreno with Alan Law, Paul Grainger & John Bradford.
Fri 06: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm. 'Celebrating Oscar'.
Fri 06: Nu Brass Sounds: Big Brass Bash @ Billy Bootlegger’s, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free.
Fri 06: TBC @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blind Pig Blues Club. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.

Sat 07: WORKSHOP: Philosophy of Arts & Entertainment @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 10:15am. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sat 07: Hot Club du Nord @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 07: Bugge & Niccols + Moore & Fairhall @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sat 07: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Steve Glendinning - All the Things You Are. £25.00. Enrol at:
Sat 07: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 6:00pm. Free.
Sat 07: Rie Nakajima @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 6:20pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sat 07: Paul Skerritt @ 3Sixty Champagne Lounge, Hadrian’s Tower, Newcastle. From 7:00pm. To book a table - 0191 933 8591.
Sat 07: Samuel Blaser Trio + Toxvaerd & Zeeberg + Muramatsu & Welch @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 7:20pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sat 07: Anth Purdy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 07: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Thursday, November 03, 2022

Shove It – the Xero Slingsby story. Screenings @ Whitley Bay & Newcastle

(Press release) SHOVE IT celebrates the life and work of Matthew Coe aka Xero Slingsby and his band The Works.

With Coe on alto saxophone and ‘additional cacophonies’, Louis Colan on bass and Gene Velocette on drums, Xero Slingsby and The Works were a much-loved fixture of the jazz bars and clubs across the north of England, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands in the early 1980s, releasing two albums ‘Shove It’ and ‘Up Down’ in 1985 and 1986 respectively.

Next year, 2023, will mark 40 years since Coe formed Xero Slingsby and The Works.

The feature-length documentary directed by Robert Stanley Crampton celebrates Coe’s short but stellar life and career – lovingly chronicled by his bandmates, friends and family. From his start busking on the streets of Leeds and West Yorkshire (for which he was arrested over 40 times) to The Works’ success on the live circuit across Europe, we witness his tirelessly passionate spirit first-hand through high-energy concert footage and interviews.

Coe died aged 30 of cancer following a brain tumour in 1988, yet his music and unique style of playing the sax is still influencing musicians far and wide today.

‘Shove It – the Xero Slingsby story’ is an independent production from The Stanley Studio ( The film was financed through a crowdfunding appeal in March 2022, and was shot in Leeds, Newcastle upon Tyne, Skipton, London, Ghent and Amsterdam in May and June 2022. The film premieres at the Leeds International Film Festival in November and has its North East premiere at the North East International Film Festival later the same month. 

‘Shove It’ features many well-known faces from the music industry who either knew, played with or have been influenced by Matthew, including actor and musician Jimmy Nail, saxophonist Snake Davis, free jazz musician Alan Wilkinson, and Dutch jazz star Benjamin Herman. Friends and family featured in the film include Leeds artist Charlie Burman, jazz musicians Paul Hession, Richard Bostock and Ansell Broderick, Works bandmates Louis Colan and Gene Velocette, Matthew’s mother Sheila Coe, sister Sophie Sinclair, and widow Sally Coe – who co-produced the film.

As part of the crowdfunding appeal Crampton and Sally Coe asked Slingsby fans for any unknown additional material relating to the band, and were happy to receive a number of bootleg recordings from gigs in the Netherlands, as well as numerous never-before-seen photographs of the band– many of which feature in the finished film together with rare archive footage of the band performing live, Matthew busking on the streets of Leeds, and home-movies originally shot on Super8 film.


Says Robert Stanley Crampton:

“Matthew Coe’s genius deserves to be celebrated. The film is the story of his music, his musicianship, his influences and those he has influenced. It’s a story about creativity in the face of adversity, about living to make music, and making music to live. And it’s also a very touching story about love and friendship and memory: one of the most striking things I found when making the film was just how much love for Matthew, for the man not just his music, is still out there – nearly 40 years after his death. It’s testament to him and his energy that here we are all these years later still talking about him, still listening to his music and still finding it fresh and exciting.”

Matthew’s widow, Sally Coe, adds:

“Matthew was an inspiration to many through his music. Still, today, he’s important to musicians in Leeds and in the jazz bars and clubs in Europe, and this film is the perfect way to ensure Matthew can inspire a new generation of Xero Slingsbys – his story is an important part of Leeds music heritage. Next year, 2023, will be 40 years since he formed Xero Slingsby and the Works: the film is a perfect way to mark the anniversary, and will be an important contribution to the ‘LEEDS 2023 Year of Culture’ celebrations.”

Director Robert Stanley Crampton is an award-winning filmmaker and has previously made films for Guinness, South Australia Tourism, Visit Finland, Inntravel, and many TV commercials – ‘Shove It’ is his first feature-length documentary. Crampton studied at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and had plays performed at the Gulbenkian Studio Theatre. Born in Liverpool, his early years were spent in Chester-le-Street before moving to York. He now lives and works in Oxfordshire.

Shove It – the Xero Slingsby story, UK 2022

Nov. 19: Jam Jar Cinema, Whitley Bay. 7:30pm. 

Nov. 20: Star & Shadow Cinema, Newcastle. 1:00pm.

English language

Running time approx. 100 minutes, Colour and Black & White

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