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The Things They Say!

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

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

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!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...


16061 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 1068 of them this year alone and, so far, 22 this month (Dec. 11).

From This Moment On ...


Tue 12: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:00pm. £10.00.

Wed 13: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 13: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 13: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 13: Bold Big Band @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 13: Giles Strong Quartet @ Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 14: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Hot Fingers @ The Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee. 7:00pm. £10.00.
Thu 14: After Hours Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. . Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 14: Niffi Osiyemi Trio @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Mo Scott ‘Little Mo’s Festive Appearance’ @ The Schooner, Gateshead. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland, Josh Bentham, Garry Hadfield, Adrian Beadnell @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 15: Paul Edis @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 15: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 15: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 15: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 15: Paul Skerritt @ Black Horse Inn, Crook. From 7:00pm.
Fri 15: Paul Edis: A Jazzy Christmas @ St Cuhtbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm. £15.00. SOLD OUT! Waiting list open.
Fri 15: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm. £12.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 15: Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm. First night of two. SOLD OUT!
Fri 15: Darlington Big Band @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £10.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 15: Baghdaddies @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £14.00.; £10.00.

Sat 16: Paul Edis: A Jazzy Christmas @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 2:00pm. A Jazzy Christmas + Jambone.
Sat 16: Porritt & Barrett & Friends Xmas Special @ Cullercoats Watch House. 7:00pm. £4.00.
Sat 16: Milne-Glendinning Band @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 16: Red Kites Jazz Band @ The Staithes Café, Gateshead. 7:00pm--9:00pm.
Sat 16: Hayley's Little Big Band @ Ellingham Village Hall, Chathill. 7:30pm. £12.00., £8.00.
Sat 16: Paul Edis: A Jazzy Christmas @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Sat 16: Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Second night of two.

Sun 17: Red Kites Jazz Band @ Gibside Chapel, nr. Rowlands Gill. 1:00-2:30pm.
Sun 17: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 17: Revolutionaires @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free. Rock ‘n’ roll excellence!
Sun 17: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Alehouse, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 17: The Globe Xmas Party @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. Multi-bill inc. David Gray’s Flextet + jam session.
Sun 17: Paul Edis: A Jazzy Christmas @ Queen's Hall, Hexham. 7:30pm. £17.00., £15.00.
Sun 17: Hayley's Little Big Band @ Amble Parish Hall. 7:30pm. £12.00., £6.00.
Sun 17: Snake Davis Trio @ St John’s Hall, Snods Edge, Shotley Bridge DH8 9TJ. 7:30pm. £15.00. from 07766 037893.

Mon 18: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 18: Paul Edis: A Jazzy Christmas @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

The Classic Jazz Party @ The Village Hotel, North Tyneside - Nov. 5 (afternoon)

(© Malcolm Sinclair)
The Charleston, Bob Crosby, Fats Waller, Stuff Smith, Sunday afternoon's schedule at the Classic Jazz Party promised riches and no little variety. The early birds were up and about early queuing to get into the festival's makeshift cinema to secure a seat for Doc Bastide's third and final film presentation. The jazz proper began at noon with Mike Davis leading the charge on The Charleston Chasers - New York Studio Gems. Davis was joined for the occasion by German trumpeter Jan Kaiser, the elegant Alistair Allan (trombone), Michael McQuaid (reeds), the elegant pianist Martin Litton, Spats Langham playing banjo and guitar, CJP favourite Malcolm Sked (tuba and string bass) and drummer Josh Duffee. 

From the Charleston Chasers to Not the Charleston - Songs Inspired by Dance Crazes. The printed programme emphasised this session wouldn't be about the Charleston. US pianist Andrew Oliver presented a set focusing upon 20s' dance tunes which weren't the Charleston (the dance craze of its day). Andy Schumm (cornet), Phil Rutherford (tuba) and Nick Ball (drums) were in on the fun. 

(© Malcolm Sinclair)
The 'Bob Crosby Orchestra', as directed by Michael McQuaid, performed charts by Crosby's full ensemble which have been somewhat neglected - until now! 
Stomp Off, Let's Go - Bob Crosby & His Orchestra wowed a full house, and little wonder given the calibre of musician on stage. McQuaid's erudite presentation didn't go unnoticed and the likes of Malo Mazurié, Enrico Tomasso and Jan Kaiser (trumpets), Lorenzo Baldasso and Matthias Seuffert (reeds), David Boeddinghaus (piano), Félix Hunot (banjo, guitar) and Josh Duffee (drums) guaranteed a musical feast. One of the highlights of the weekend.

(© Malcolm Sinclair)
Nicolle Rochelle - songs from the Early 40s did what it said on the tin. The basis of vocalist Rochelle's set was songs associated with John Kirby and various singers, including Maxine Sullivan, Una Mae Carlisle and Judy Ellington. Messrs Mazurié, Boeddinghaus and Lemaire were on the session, simply top class. From Paris (Nicolle Rochelle) to Chicago and Andy Schumm. Usually associated with the cornet and/or trumpet, not forgetting the reeds, Schumm's set titled Schumm Plays Fats heard our man at the piano and playing cornet. Our American researched Fats Waller's organ solos and unrecorded material for full orchestra. Yes, the Classic Jazz Party is one for the aficionado and anyone else who likes great music!

(© Malcolm Sinclair)
Emma Fisk and Rico Tomasso transported us back  to the 1930s and the collaboration of Stuff Smith and Jonah Jones. Onyx Club Spree - the Music of Stuff Smith featured Fisk (violin) and Tomasso (trumpet) playing hot 'n' swinging numbers supported by an ace band - David Boeddinghaus (piano), Jacob Ullberger (guitar), Henry Lemaire (bass) and Josh Duffee (drums). Terrific!

To close the Sunday afternoon programme we were invited to take a seat in Smalls Paradise, Harlem for Echoes of Paradise - Charlie Johnson. Classic numbers, diligently researched by Claus Jacobi, were dispatched by an all-star ensemble, including Americans Andy Schumm (cornet) and Andrew Oliver (piano), Michael McQuaid and and David Horniblow (reeds), Phil Rutherford (tuba), Nick Ball (drums) and, once more, singer Nicolle Rochelle. A fine end to an interesting afternoon series of performances. We wandered out of the Village Hotel in search of a welcoming local hostelry. The dark skies illuminated by fireworks (it was Guy Fawkes), the Classic Jazz Party's final session would soon be upon us. Russell                      

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