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Bebop Spoken There

Charles McPherson: “Jazz is best heard in intimate places”. (DownBeat, July, 2024).

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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.


16573 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 466 of them this year alone and, so far, 12 this month (July 7).

From This Moment On ...


Fri 12: The Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ The White Swan, Main Road, Ovingham NE42 6AG. 12:30pm. Free.
Fri 12: John Settle @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland. 1:00pm. £8.00. Settle (vibes) w. Dean Stockdale, Mick Shoulder & Tim Johnston.
Fri 12: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 12: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 12: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Sat 13: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival. Free. Vieux Carré Jazzmen (12 noon); Trilogy of Four (1:35pm); Classic Swing (3:10pm); Archipelago (4:40pm).
Sat 13: East Coast Swing Band @ Tynemouth Metro Station. 1:00pm. Free. A Mouth of the Tyne Festival event.
Sat 13: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Prudhoe Riverside Park. 12:55-1:40pm. Free.
Sat 13: Michael Woods @ Cycle Hub, Ouseburn, Newcastle NE6 1BU. 1:30-2:30pm & 3:00-4:00pm. Country blues. An Ouseburn Festival event.
Sat 13: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ The Beehive, Hartley Lane, Whitley Bay NE25 0SZ. 5:30pm. Free. Gig in the Secret Garden.
Sat 13: Anth Purdy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 14: OUTRI + Slowlight Quartet @ The Bandstand, The Sele, Hexham. 12 noon-2:00pm. Free. OUTRI is Ian ‘Dodge’ Paterson’s new solo bass project. ‘The Bandstand Sessions’.
Sun 14: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival. Free. Rendezvous Jazz (12 noon); Delta Prophets Trio (1:35pm); Abbie Finn Trio (3:10pm); River City Band (4:40pm).
Sun 14: MSK @ Tynemouth Metro Station. 1:00pm. Free. A Mouth of the Tyne Festival event.
Sun 14: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 14: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: Jamil Sheriff’s Five Gold Rings @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm.
Sun 14: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 14: Lounge Lizards + King Bees @ The Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free. The Tyne Bar’s 30th anniversary, top class blues double bill.
Sun 14: Richard Herdman @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Mon 15: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 15: Nathan Lawson Trio @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. £8.00. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Tue 16: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Terrace, Seaton Delaval NE25 0AT. 12:30pm. £15.00 (tel: 0191 237 3697). Summer BBQ in the Beer Graden.
Tue 16: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger & Abbie Finn.

Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 17: John Pope & John Garner + Nisha Ramayya @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £15.00. (£12.00. adv.). A Gem Arts Masala Festival event.

Thu 18 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle NE1 7BJ. 2:30pm. £4.00.
Thu 18: Theo Croker @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Brad Linde’s Continentals @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Eva Fox & the Jazz Guys @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 18: Ray Stubbs R&B All Stars @ The Mill Tavern, Hebburn. 8:00pm. Rhythm & blues.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm.

Monday, June 17, 2024

Sunday night @ the Globe: Gaz Hughes Trio - June 16

Andrzej Baranek (piano); Gavin Barras (bass); Gaz Hughes (drums)

Blur! that's what crossed my mind midway through this superb gig. Blur, but nothing to do with the rock band of the same name. It was my reaction to Hughes' hand-drumming on the band's Latin take on Lullaby of Birdland. His hands became just a blur as he pounded the skins so fast it was impossible to tell left from right and the blurring wasn't finished yet. On the number that followed, Nuclear Bebopalypse* - the title track of their latest album - was driven along so fast they would have broken the lap record at the Indy 500 (237.5 mph). This time it was pianist Baranek who did the blurring. Same thing happened with my photos!

Earlier in the day they'd played at Hexham. Russell will, no doubt, give you the lowdown on that one.

Here at the Globe the audience was about what you'd expect given that England were playing Serbia in a Euro 2024 qualifier and it was on terrestial tv. One goal in 90 minutes compared to a dozen goals at the jazz bar in the same time - no contest!

Kicking off, and I use the expression aďvisably as both band and audience were having a ball, with Beboptical Illusion from a previous album I knew I would have no regrets about missing the match. Not just three individuals but a unit as tight as... I'll leave it to you to choose your own metaphor... suffice to say they think as one.

AB's Blues* was just that, a blues composed by Andrzej Baranek including a drum solo during the course of which Hughes played the melody of Bird's Now's the Time - on drums! Clever.

Beautiful Moons Ago composed by Nat Cole before he was 'crowned' is a lovely tune that should be heard more often. They did the composer proud.

Satin Doll. The lyric describes this satin doll as out cattin' and when the piano went into overdrive she most certainly was. The room flipped.

Lullaby of Birdland and Nuclear Bebopalypse* we've covered and the interval was upon us.

Monk's I Mean You got us back on track then a piece by bassist Barras, Disinformation,* demonstrated that he can do arco as well as pizz.

Hughes chipped in with one of his compositions - Shooting From the Hip!*. Another killer. I wished they'd play something awful just to prove they were human but they didn't. Certainly not the next one: Put on a Happy Face. Inspired by an Oscar Peterson recording this was the swingingest number of the night - any night! Now, hours later, I'm still wearing a happy face - maybe I always will.

Another Hughes' original, White Noise*, brought us to the last number - Body and Soul featuring Barras. Tender and expressive, a thing of beauty. However, you don't close the show with tenderness and beauty so Baranek, who is one of the finest pianists I've heard in many a year, upped the ante tempo-wise by segueing into Blue Monk which in turn went into another bebop anthem, the title of which escapes me. Earlier they'd played Lullaby of Birdland - tonight, the Globe was Birdland! Lance.

*From the album Nuclear Bebopalypse. TRY/BUY.

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