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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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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.


16246 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 128 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (Feb. 29).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 04: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 05: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Joe Steels, Paul Grainger, Abbie Finn.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 07: Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 07: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. Guests: Mark Toomey (alto sax); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax); Garry Hadfield (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums). 8:30pm.

Fri 08: Noel Dennis Quartet @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle. 1:00pm. £8.00. Noel Dennis (trumpet, flugelhorn); Rick Laughlin (keyboards); Mick Shoulder (double bass); Tim Johnston (drums).
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free. CANCELLED! Back on March 15.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Sat 09: Alex Fawcett Band + Lindsay Hannon Blues Trio @ Sedgefield Parish Hall. 7:00pm. £15.00. A Sedgefield Rock & Blues Club event. Tickets:
Sat 09: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Cullercoats Watch House. 8:00pm. Donations. A Watch House renovation fundraising concert.
Sat 09: Ray Stubb’s R&B All Stars @ The Peacock, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Free. Gig in the downstairs bar.

Sun 10: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 10: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Salty Dog @ The Lounge, Blyth. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Vintage Explosion @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle.
Sun 10: Fraser Fifield: Secret Path Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 10: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 11: Matthew Forster Quartet @ Yamaha Music School, Seaforth St., Blyth NE24 1AY. 1:00 - 1:45pm. £8.00. + bf.
Mon 11: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 12: Lewis Watson Quartet @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm.

Friday, January 06, 2023

Album Review: Hanka G – Universal Ancestry

Never mind the singing, Hanka G has a most interesting biography. She was born in Slovakia and raised in the Mongolian desert where her parents were geologists, so she learned Mongolian melodies. After the end of communism in 1989, Hanka became fond of Motown music and worked as a singing waitress in Washington DC.

Recording her first album with some of the best Slovakian musicians, Hanka became friends with Cassandra Wilson, moved to NYC, performed in Europe with many jazz legends, such as drummer Taru Alexander and bassist Michael Bowie, and won many awards including the jazz category of the prestigious Slovak lifetime achievement awards.

The album is not simply jazz but also includes R&B, gospel, and Slovak folk music. Pieces range from McCoy Tyner's In Search of my Heart, Pharoah Sanders' As You Are and Abbey Lincoln's Throw it Away. Our singer's voice is a rich alto, well adapted to the various styles, from the heartfelt R&B of the opening track to the passionate plea about equality on Someday We'll All be Free, right through to the swinging Them There Eyes.

I liked some tracks more than others, for instance the folk song  Dance Dance didn't quite work when sung sensuously. You'll be wondering what a fujara is, as listed below. Well I'd love to have a go on this instrument, which is a Slovakian flute used by shepherds. It is quite large and allows for overtones, with a deep meditative timbre, and it is featured on the final track, a doleful folk song about hiding your sadness.

This is an enjoyable, varied album, well enhanced by excellent musicians, especially effective drumming on Through the Fire and clever piano and sax solos on many tracks and of course the fujara. The album is available
on Culture Bridge Records. See hankag.comAnn Alex

Hanka G (lead vocal) + (collective) Keesha Gumbs, Terelle Tipton, (background vocals); Shedrick Mitchell (organ, piano); James Hurt (piano, Fender Rhodes); Rodney Kendrick (piano); David Ginyard (electric bass); Rashaan Carter (electric/double bass); Taru Alexander, Nathaniel Townsley (drums); Sisa Michalidesova (flute); Veronika Vitazkova (fujara); Marvin Sewell (guitars); Sherrod Barnes (electric guitar); Antoine Roney (tenor/sop sax) 

All the Man That I Need; Be Grateful; Through the Fire; As You Are; Dance Dance; Someday We'll All be Free; Throw it Away; Them There Eyes; In Search of my Heart; I am Such a Pretty Girl; Bird Has Started Singing.

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