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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.


16527 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 407 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 12).

From This Moment On ...


Thu 13: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 13: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00. Upstairs.
Thu 13: Musicians Unlimited @ Dorman’s, Middlesbrough. 8:00pm.
Thu 13: Jazz Guys @ Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival, Corbridge. 8:00pm.
Thu 13: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 13: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Musicians Unlimited

Fri 14: Mark Williams Trio @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 14: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 14: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 14: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 14: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. ‘Ella & Ellington’. 7:30pm. £18.00.
Fri 14: Customs House Big Band @ Customs House, South Shields. 7:30pm. Donations (online, min. £3.00.).

Sat 15: Keith Barrett & Andrew Porritt @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 12 noon. Free. A Cullercoats Festival event.
Sat 15: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Sat 15: James Birkett & Emma Fisk @ Sunderland Minster. 7:30pm. £15.00., £8.00. (u16s free). ‘The Great American Songbook’. A Bishopwearmouth Choral Society event, conductor David Murray.
Sat 15: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 16: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn SR6 8AA. 1:00-2:45pm. Free.
Sun 16: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 16: Gaz Hughes Trio @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. £10.00.
Sun 16: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 16: Gaz Hughes Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 16: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 17: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 17: ‘Tower of Power’ @ The Library Bar, Saddler St., Durham . 7:30pm.Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Tue 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30pm. £13.00. ‘Jazz, Sausage ‘n’ Mash’…’with Onion Gravy’!
Tue 18: Jam Session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Tim Johnston.
Tue 18: Libby Goodridge & Ben Davies @ The Lost Wanderer, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £6.00. Triple bill, inc. Goodridge & Davies (jazz).

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Monday, November 13, 2023

The Classic Jazz Party @ The Village Hotel, North Tyneside - Nov. 4 (evening)

Saturday evening opened with the first of this year's Piano Professor setsAt the Kawai grand, Morten Gunnar Larsen. Most recently heard at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as a guest of the all-conquering Tenement Jazz Band, Larsen presented a masterclass in rags, stomps and numbers from the Caribbean and South America. In a brief ceremony, the 2023 Classic Jazz Party Young Talent Award was presented to David Hermlin. Graciously accepting the honour, we would be hearing more from the Berlin based musician later in the evening. 

A King Oliver Centenary ensured yet another attentive, full house. Claus Jacobi is a King Oliver specialist and this hour long set completed his series of concerts celebrating Joseph Nathan 'King' Oliver. The repertoire is well known, however, this being the Classic Jazz Party the focus of this session was on the unfamiliar - Oliver's unissued sides. Three of the Jazz Party's American heavyweights were deployed - Messrs. Andy Schumm (cornet), Dan Barrett (trombone), Andrew Oliver (piano) - making for a great set.

Wail of the Five Birmingham Babies presented the California Ramblers in disguise. David Horniblow led the session playing bass sax (adopting the role of Adrian Rollini minus the hot fountain pen and goofus!). Another three US hot shots were drafted in in the form of New Yorker Mike Davis (trumpet), from the Crescent City, pianist David Boeddinghaus and from Davenport, Iowa, the brilliant Josh Duffee (drums). 

Paris based actor/singer Nicolle Rochelle reunited with Claus Jacobi to present Young Woman's Blues. Bessie Smith's early vocals with Clarence Williams formed the basis of their set, Jacobi assisted by Mauro Porro in the reeds, drummer Richard Pite swapping his kit and skulls for tuba, the lean Nick Ward behind the traps. Ms Rochelle is a favourite here at the Village Hotel, whatever she turns her hand to, it's with the Midas touch. 

In the early thirties Louis Armstrong spent several months performing and recording under a Californian sun. Trumpeter, indeed, Armstrong specialist, Rico Tomasso presented Memories of Louis in California. Working with an international, all-star, twelve piece band, the hugely popular Tomasso succeeded in bringing to life the music - trumpet and vocals - of perhaps the most famous name in jazz, Mr Louis Armstrong. A great set met with a great reception. 

And that was it. Not quite! The second of three late night jam sessions was about to begin in the hotel bar. A first row table reserved, the first of more than a couple of pints of Guinness (it takes an age to pour Ireland's national beer), the house band, led by Mike Davis (trumpet), played a few numbers before opening the floor to a succession of wonderfully talented sitters-in. They came from far and wide - Bristol, London, North America, South America - and each and every one of them played a blinder. From Bristol, the rabble-rousing Jack Calloway (clarinet) impressed, as did the Pickerings - that's Magus (trumpet, pictured) and Daniel (trombone) - of the Windy City Weatherbirds. And then there was the Young Talent Award winner, David Hermlin. A fantastic drummer, tap dancer and more, it was way past silly o'clock when the lights went up. It would soon be time for breakfast... Russell   

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