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Bebop Spoken There

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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.

Sunday, October 15, 2023

The Saltburn Big Band @ Dorman’s Jazz Club, Middlesbrough - Oct. 12

This recently formed band comprising of eighteen musicians, a guest vocalist (Bridget Metcalfe) and led by Kevin Eland gave a splendid performance to an appreciative audience and, in the process, firmly establishing themselves as a first class big band.

The full big band sound of Louis Ferrar's composition Domino gave the night a great start, followed by South Of The Border (Down Mexico Way) and  the Sammy Nestico arrangement of Good News.

Bridget then came to the stage showing us what a top class singer she is with From This Moment On and Neil Hefti's Girl Talk that included fine work from the trumpet section and an excellent guitar solo by Paul Donnelly.

After playing I've Heard That Song Before, The Shadow of Your Smile featured Dave Brock's beautiful trombone sound.

By way of contrast, Herbie Hancock's Cantaloupe Island had the band really swinging with nice solos from Kevin Eland (trumpet) and Donna Hewitt (tenor sax).

Bridget returned to the stage to sing that moving Ray Noble classic The Very  Thought of You before launching into a fast swinging version of the Lerner and Loewe composition Almost Like Being in Love.

Sammy Nestico's Hayburner  was followed by Strayhorn's Satin Doll to finish the first set.

Starting the second set with two more Sammy Nestico arrangements, The Queen Bee and Chuckles gave plenty of scope for nice solos from Dave Archbold (piano), Kevin Eland (trumpet) and Donna Hewitt (tenor sax).

The theme tune from the TV sitcom The Odd Couple was then sung by Bridget as was Let's Fall in Love which also featured Paul on guitar and finished with an impressive bass flourish from John Daniel.

Cute gave Chris Murphy (drums) Darren Moore (congas) and John Daniel (bass) the opportunity to shine with great rhythmic skills.

After Li’l Darlin came a tribute to Gene Jarred with his arrangement of Dizzy’s Tour de Force which included, appropriately enough, a fine trumpet solo from Kevin. Two more excellent vocals from Bridget a swinging Cole Porter's Just One of Those Things and Witchcraft, both with great band backing.

Shiny Stockings featured Dave Archbold's fine piano work before Autumn Leaves was beautifully played showing the skills of the different sections.

Bridget sang what was meant to be her final number, the lovely ballad Teach me Tonight. It was meant to be the final number but an encore was demanded so an up tempo well named That's All finally brought the night to a close.

This was only the second concert the band had played but with Kevin as MD, Django as MC and raconteur, Bridget's vocals, all the excellent and enthusiastic musicians, this made for a great night enjoyed by both the audience and, I’m sure, the band. Thanks as usual go to the staff of Dorman’s Club for their help and support with the jazz club. Ron Hampton

Kevin Eland (MD), Adrian Beadnell, Karen Jones, Colin ? (trumpets); Simon Jones, Barbara Fagin, Ray Dales, Andy Devine, Donna Hewitt (saxes);  Keith Jeffery, Tom Cloughton, Django Zazou, Dave Brock (trombones); Darren Moore (percussion); Chris Murphy (drums);  Paul Donnelly (guitar); Dave Archbold (piano); John Daniel (bass) + Bridget Metcalfe (vocals)

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