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Bebop Spoken There

Art Blakey: "You [Bobby Watson] don't want to play too long, because you don't know they're clapping because they're glad you finished!" - (JazzTimes, Nov. 2019)..

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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!"


15848 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 855 of them this year alone and, so far, 53 this month (Sept. 18).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 25: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 25: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 7:00pm.

Tue 26: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 28: Alice Grace Quartet @ King's Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Free.
Thu 28: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm. All welcome.
Thu 28: Faye MacCalman + Snape/Sankey @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 28: Zoe Rahman @ Jesmond United Reformed Church, Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Thu 28: '58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Speakeasy @ Queen's Hall, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A Southpaw Dance Company presentation. Dance, audio-visuals, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, swing dancers etc.
Thu 28: Mick Cantwell Band @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free. Ace blues band.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 30: John Pope Quintet + Late Girl + Shapeshifters @ Bobik's, Jesmond, Newcastle.
Sat 30: Papa G's Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.


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.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Paul Hartley Quartet @ the Railway, Stockport - Feb. 14

(© Jeff Pritchard)
Paul Hartley (guitars); Julian Gregory (violin); Matthew Compton (accordion); Ken Marley (bass).

After a busy day doing mundane things like shopping for food and doing the washing, I was thinking of having an evening at home but in the end the lure of some live jazz at the Railway made me change my mind. I got there early and was surprised to see so many people in the music room. Usually Tuesdays nights are not as busy as Sundays but I noticed a few unfamiliar faces in the audience and that's always good to see.

Julian Gregory plays very much in the style of Stéphane Grappelli when he was in the Quintette du Hot Club de France with  Django Reinhardt and he did all the announcing as well as playing some energetic solos on violin. I must confess I was never a big fan of Grappelli but I do like to listen to Django Reinhardt and Julian included some of his compositions in his set list. Nuages is a great tune and the band did it justice. Both Gregory and Compton are musicians who work for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra by day and play jazz whenever they can.  Julian mentioned that he found playing jazz highly therapeutic and I would agree with that.


Paul Hartley must be one of the most versatile guitarists in the North West; he pops up in many different line-ups and seems to be able to play in any musical situation and always sounds good. For this gig he brought along a Gibson but also another semi-acoustic guitar which he featured on Bossa Dorado and Embraceable You. As this was a drummer-less combo a solid bass player was essential and Ken Marley did a great job as usual.

The night finished with a fast  version of Sweet Georgia Brown . The next jazz night at the Railway is on Feb. 19 with the Freddie Garner Quartet. Mike Farmer


Undecided; All Of Me; Waltz No. 2; My Funny Valentine; Fleur d' EnnuiNuages; Swing 48; Viper's Dream; Bossa Dorado; Embraceable You; Django; Honeysuckle Rose; Sweet Georgia Brown.

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