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Donald Harrison: "Eddie [Henderson] can play the hardest music effortlessly; things people are afraid of he plays like it's nothing."- (DownBeat, January 2022)

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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! --

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13862 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 81 of them this year alone and, so far, 81 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Fri 28: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: Ian Millar & Dominic Spencer @ Bishop Middleham Village Hall, Ferryhill. 8:00pm. £10.00.
Fri 28: Le Café Parisien @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Big Wild Winter Party. Triple bill inc. Andy Lawrenson's Le Café Parisien.
Fri 28: Struggle Buggy @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blues band.CANCELLED!

Sat 29: Lindsay Hannon & Martin Douglas @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Life Drawing & Live Music. Enrol at: www.cobaltstudios.co.uk.
.Sat 29: Anarchy Brew Co. 10 Year Birthday Beer Bash @ Anarchy Brew Co, Benfield, Newcastle. £6.00. All day event. Line-up inc. Washboard Resonators (5:00-6:30pm). Tickets: www.ticketweb.uk.

Sun 30 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 30: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 30: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 30: Hot Club du Nord @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 31: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

February 2022

Wed 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 02: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 02: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 02: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 02: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 03: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 12:00pm.
Thu 03: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ LIVE Concerts at Home. 1:15pm. A Newcastle University online only event.
Thu 03: John Williamson Trio @ Durham University (Music Dept.). 7:30pm. £5.00.
Thu 03: Chris Farlowe w Norman Beaker Band + Teresa Watson Band @ Newcastle Labour Club. 7:30pm. An evening of rhythm & blues.
Thu 03: Knats @ Daniel Farm Shop & Tea Rooms, Wylam. 8:15pm. £18.00. (inc. food from 7:00pm). A Wylam Winter Tales Festival event. SOLD OUT!
Thu 03: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 03: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. CANCELLED! NOW FORTNIGHTLY.

Fri 04: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 04: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 04: John Williamson Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall, Saltburn. 7:30pm. £12.00.
Fri 04: House of the Black Gardenia @ Clara Vale, Village Hall. 7:30pm. £15.00. A Wylam Winter Tales Festival event. SOLD OUT!
Fri 04: Lee Bates & Billy Newton @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Acoustic blues duo.

Friday, January 28, 2022

Jazz on the Tyne – January 2022

(Press release)

From Saturday, January 29, you can listen to this year’s first edition of Jazz on the Tyne.

Presenter Colin Muirhead will be playing new music by Wendy Kirkland, Shirley Smart & Robert Mitchell, and Pat Metheny.  He will also look ahead to some upcoming gigs in the North East, with tracks by Emma Fisk’s Hot Club du Nord, Rafe’s Dilemma, Paul Taylor, and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.  Plus, there’s a listener’s request for a classic tune, performed by Yusef Lateef.

You can listen to the show anytime here from noon on Saturday or to request tunes for future programmes, please email Colin at   jazz.tyne.hive@gmail.com.

Preview: The Velvet Fog meets Shirley Bassey (tonight, Friday)

(Pic by Lance)
The Shirley Bassey Show on BBC 4 this evening (7:10pm) should be worth watching. Mel Tormé appears, as does Clive Westlake, songwriter for many famous names, including Elvis, Cilla Black, Vera Lynn, Tom Jones and Ms Bassey. For a while in the fifties, Westlake worked as a music teacher at a school in Ryhope, near Sunderland. Russell

Knats featuring Holly Flo Lightly / Swannek @ Hoochie Coochie - Jan. 27

(Pic by Russell)
Holly Flo Lightly (voice); Josh Mitchell-Rayner (keys); Stan Woodward (elec. bass); King David Ike-Elechi (drums).

The first of Knats' "last Thursday in the month" jazz gigs at Hoochie was different - no surprise there! Every time I've seen the band they were different. However, the difference tonight was even more pronounced due to the absence of outstanding trumpet prodigy Ferg Kilsby. So what did they do - find another horn player? Nah! Instead they co-opted the vocal talents of rapper Holly Flo Lightly.

It worked amazingly well. She rapped the words with the rapidity of a speeded up Michael Brecker solo and when she moved out of the fast lane the voice was as mellow as a cello.

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Tonight @ Hoochie


 

Four @ The Exchange, North Shields - Jan. 26

Bernie Ranson  (saxes); Barbara Wilcox (keys); Harry Husaini (electric bass); Alan Wann (drums)

This wasn’t a night for tender ballads no But Beautiful (a personal favourite) nor, sadly, any vocals from Bernie Ranson this evening. Perhaps wisely he  did not try to compete with the crowd, noisier than usual and augmented by a  party of wild swimmers and  filmmakers celebrating their BBC documentary.

What we got instead was a selection of upbeat standards including  Autumn Leaves, Soultrane, There Will Never be Another You, Black Orpheus, Yardbird Suite …all matching the mood of the evening... and Wayne Shorter’s Footprints showing this quartet is not frightened of a challenge.

Album review: Soho Scene ’58 Jazz Goes Mod

A double CD package featuring British modernists and their American counterparts. The British, make that ‘Soho’, modernists of the time, including John Dankworth, Tubby Hayes, Don Rendell and Ronnie Scott, are represented in various combinations on disc one (15 tracks), the Americans are heard on disc two (14 tracks), Donald Byrd a notable exception, appearing on a London Blue Note recording session in August 1958.

The BSH reader will know all about Art Blakey, Kenny Burrell, Bill Evans and Horace Silver, with classic recordings in various formats sitting on shelves, perhaps gathering dust. Is the music heard on one disc better than the other? No. Is one disc more interesting than the other? Yes.

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