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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.

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

The River City Hot Six @ Blaydon Jazz Club - Oct. 16

(© Roly Veitch)
Gordon Solomon (trombone); Bob Wade (trumpet, cornet, clarinet); Steve Andrews (tenor sax, clarinet); Keith Stephen (banjo); Phil Rutherford (sousaphone); Scott Adair (drums, vocals)

The River City Hot Six is a band of some pedigree playing occasional jazz club engagements and making the odd festival appearance here and there. This evening at the Black Bull pub on Bridge Street, Blaydon, bandleader Gordon Solomon arrived in good time to see for himself the recently-revamped lounge slowly but surely filling up ahead of the eight o'clock down beat. As the Hot Six opened with Girl of My Dreams the room was nigh on full. A heartening sight indeed. 

Some of those who heard the legendary River City Jazzmen way back when made the effort to get along and they weren't to be disappointed. Royal Garden BluesTishomingo Blues, (Keith Stephen banjo solo), applause rang out. Yes, Solomon and the boys have still got it! To trombonist Solomon's right, Bob Wade (trumpet, cornet, clarinet) and to his right, all the way from Cumbria, long-time friend to Blaydon Jazz Club, Steve Andrews (tenor sax, clarinet). Quite a frontline! The 'boys' in the engine room have been round the block a couple of times - Mr Keith Stephen, banjo, Mr Phil Rutherford, sousaphone, and Mr Scott 'Scotty' Adair. Timekeepers all, yes, the Hot Six is quite some band.

Drummer Adair sang It Don't Mean a Thing (it sure don't), banjo virtuoso Stephen featured on Ain't Misbehavin'  and, before we knew it, Indiana took us up to the interval.

(© Roly Veitch)
Blaydon Jazz Club is one of the friendliest clubs you're likely to find. It's been this way for the best part of forty years. A natter (the consensus being it was canny night, alright), another pint (Corby Stout, 4.5%, Great Corby Brewhouse), and before long the Hot Six returned to the stage, kicking off with a terrific Limehouse Blues. Bob Wade picked up his liquorice stick to join Steve Andrews on Creole Love Call (Andrews expertly playing the tricky stuff). Some of These Days followed, a good ensemble piece. When You're Smiling (Adair supplying the vocals), a clarinet feature for Mr Andrews on High Society (Andrews asking the audience to: Pray for us), it went down rather well. It was just about time to go, lets fly down to New Orleans to enjoy a Bourbon Street Parade. It had been a grand occasion, many thanks to the River City Hot Six.    

Post-pandemic many jazz clubs struggled, some continue to struggle, sadly some have folded. Here at the Black Bull, after some touch-and-go moments, things are looking up. Attendances are beginning to pick up. Onward and upwards, next month (Monday 20 November) Blaydon Jazz Club presents the award-winning drummer Abbie Finn with her all-star Finntet. See you there! Russell       

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