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Charlie Musselwhite: "I used to see these posters in the windows of the [Chicago] blues clubs advertising Elmore James and Muddy Waters which knocked me out. I was making a note of the addresses and at night I'd go back and listen to the blues until 4-5 in the morning." - (Blues Matters! Aug/Sep 2021)

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.

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13,530 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 948 of them this year alone and, so far, 112 this month (July 31).
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Whiplash!

The film, Whiplash, which opens at the Tyneside Cinema on Friday is, even in January, being talked about as the Film of the Year! From the trailers and clips that I've seen it looks to be one you'll either love or hate but not one you would want to miss!
Russell picked up these two quotes -  
Damien Chazelle, director Whiplash: “I never regret not being a drummer. I never wanted to be a professional drummer. Even though I was obsessive with it for so long.” – (Sight and Sound February 2015).
Susan Jeffreys, reviewing Whiplash: “You hate him [the character Terence Fletcher] from the get-go.” – (Saturday Review Radio 4, 10 January 2015).
I'm going to the early evening showing then on to the Jazz Café for the DB Project.. This could be a night to remember!
Lance.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Jam Session @ Empty Shop - February 12

(Review/photo by Steve T).
What else but All the Things You Are which I can see becoming my Summertime. Bass, drums and piano were joined by tenor and alto for something that sounded like Witchcraft.
Having played it with Alan Barnes in Darlington on Friday, number one son wasn't going to miss out on Donna Lee which had the horns making sterling efforts to keep up. Solos from tenor and alto but it was the guitar that brought the first solo applause of the evening, who then demonstrated his much-improved comping during an impressive piano solo.
This is generally a Durham student affair but all concerned - students and venue - were very welcoming of the local yokels, Francis already getting himself noticed, Ben Lawrence warming up on the sidelinesand one Whiplash Mackellar en route.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Film review: La La Land

(Review by Russell)
A fifties Technicolor look to it, a ‘Golden Age’ Hollywood musical soundtrack, Damien Chazelle’s La La Land is nailed-on to triumph at this year’ Oscars. Co-stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are a perfect match: jazz pianist Sebastian and aspiring Hollywood star Mia fall in love, dreaming of fame and fortune. Sebastian plays piano in LA’s cocktail lounges, longing to play jazz, to run a jazz club. In between auditions Mia works in a diner, despairing of ever getting a break.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

In La La Land at the Tyneside

Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle’s independent film theatre, is to screen Damien Chazelle’s new film La La Land in January. Nominated for several Golden Globe awards and a real contender for an Oscar, Chazelle’s take on the Hollywood musical stars Ryan Gosling as Sebastian, an aspiring jazz pianist and Emma Stone as Mia, eyeing a career on the silver screen.
Director Damien Chazelle won acclaim for Whiplash, and La La Land (2016) promises to feature more jazz with the score by Justin ‘Whiplash’ Hurwitz. On Sunday 8th January at 5:40pm there will be a preview screening followed by a run at the Tyneside Cinema from Thursday 12th.                    

Russell.

Monday, September 07, 2015

CD Review: Durham University Big Band – overDUBB

(Review by Russell)
A collector’s item. This line-up is unlikely to be heard ever again on CD or any other format. A band comprising classicists, scientists and other disciplines, these guys will,   in a year or two, go their separate ways (some graduated this year, they’re out of here)     establishing careers here in Britain and across the globe. University bands come and go. The Durham University Big Band of 2015 vintage is one of the very best.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Durham University Big Band Prepping Pizza Express on Palace Green

Great North Big Band Jazz Festival title holders Durham University Big Band warmed-up for their forthcoming appearance at the Pizza Express, Dean Street London, with an express (half hour), midday performance at the Music School, Durham University.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

First Whiplash, Now Selma

Director Ava DuVernay’s 2014 film Selma is coming to a screen near you. David Oyelowo stars as Martin Luther King at the time of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches. Mid sixties Alabama, institutional racism, the ensuing struggle led to the Voting Rights Act. DuVernay’s Oscar-tipped film features a soundtrack composed by Jason Moran.
Newcastle’s Star and Shadow Cinema has pulled-off a coup in securing a preview screening on Saturday January 31 (2:00pm). The film, preceded by speakers, is a fundraiser for Journey to Justice. Newcastle’s other independent film house, the Tyneside Cinema (currently showing Whiplash), will screen Selma from Friday February 6.
Russell.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

DB Jazz Project @ Jazz Café January 16.

David Keighley (saxes); Thomas MacMillan (gtr); Adrian Sander (bs gtr); Ben Grant (dms).
(Review by Lance).
After watching the film Whiplash I was on a high and I wasn't sure if I wanted anything to temper my mood. However, it was mid evening and the Jazz Café but a brisk short walk away, so I strode purposefully forth arriving just in time for the DB Jazz Project's first set.
I wasn't disappointed indeed if Whiplash hadn't been big band orientated this quartet could have provided the soundtrack!

Whiplash - The Film!

Miles Teller, JK Simmons - Directed by Damien Chazelle
Remember those tales of piano teachers who would rap you across the knuckles with a ruler if you played a wrong note? My piano teaching parents never did that to me which is possibly why I became a mediocre saxophone player rather than the next Oscar Peterson (Remember that name - Oscar - it could/should have a lot of relevance re Whiplash!
Terence Fletcher, played magnificently by Simmons, had no truck with knuckle wrapping rulers - he showed his displeasure by throwing pieces of furniture at any of his student band members who didn't perform up to his unreachable standards. Young drummer Andrew (Miles Teller) is the main butt of Fletcher's attention subjecting the talented student to the most virulent verbal abuse imaginable in his attempt to drive the boy ever upwards and onwards.
A totally compelling film dominated by two characters - everyone else, even the slight love interest, are bit players - that held my attention from the start to the final credits.
The big band music is excellent and the drumming incredible - although not incredible enough for Fletcher!
JK Simmons - prepare your acceptance speech now!
Lance.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Whiplash Update

The eagerly anticipated movie - Whiplash - opens at the Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim St., Newcastle on January 16, 2015.
We've already shown you a preview.
Here, now, is the official trailer.
Lance

Thursday, March 11, 2021

An evening of jazz on BBC 2 (Sat. 13)

Saturday, Joe Webb live streaming at two o'clock, Kansas Smitty's live streaming 'Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington' at eight o'clock. Then from 9:45 on BBC 2 (put the kettle on/open a bottle) there is a non-stop terrestrial tv feast of jazz. Starting with James Erskine's Billie: In Search of Billie Holiday, it centres around the intriguing story of journalist Linda Lipnack Kuehl's archive of taped interviews with those who knew Billie Holiday. 

Friday, December 25, 2020

It's a La La Land Christmas on BBC 2

Hot on the heals of 2014's Whiplash, director Damien Chazelle followed up with La La Land. Ryan Gosling (lounge jazz pianist with big ideas Sebastian) and Emma Stone (aspiring film star Mia) star in this retro Hollywood musical about two dreamers who, predictably, fall in love along the way. Chazelle (Best Film), Stone (Best Actress) and Justin Hurwitz (Best Original Score and Best Original Song for City of Stars) took home Oscars for their efforts. 

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Dan Walsh: LIVE Concerts at Home, Newcastle University - July 16

Dan Walsh (banjo, guitar, vocals)

WARNING! BANJO PLAYERS DO NOT CLICK ON THIS LINK BECAUSE YOU WILL HOY* YOUR BANJO IN THE TYNE (OR NEAREST RIVER)

During the pandemic LIVE in King's Hall concert performances have taken the form of online LIVE Concerts at Home. Today's seventh and penultimate Newcastle University YouTube term time concert presented British banjo virtuoso Dan Walsh in a solo performance spanning some forty five minutes.

Thursday, May 07, 2020

Preview: The Eddy (from Friday May 8)

Friday's Netflix premiere of The Eddy could be well worth catching. Set in a Paris jazz club, the soundtrack, unsurprisingly, is jazz, jazz and more jazz! 

The first two of eight episodes were directed by Damien (WhiplashLa La Land) Chazelle and the series' music department included Randy Kerber, a veteran of 500 film soundtracks (50 as orchestrator) who also played the piano parts on the La La Land soundtrack. 

Monday, August 05, 2019

Dave Hignett & Friends @ the Globe Jazz Bar - August 4

Dave Hignett (trumpet/flugel); Niall Armstrong (tenor sax); Kevin Wright (keys); Conor Hignett (bass guitar); Dom Neeson (drums) + Barbara Hignett (vocals); Sophie Speed (alto sax).
(Review by Lance).

Swinging hard bop with a touch of funk and jazz rock. Blue Note is alive and well with an ace quintet plus 2.

The gaffa, and the term is appropriate, blew trumpet as if it were the eve of Armageddon with the thunder and lightning outside suggesting it might well be!  Yes, Gaffa Hignett had it, along with the wandering Roland pedal, taped.

Alongside him, Niall Armstrong whom I tend to associate more with baritone rather than tenor sax (catch him on the bigger instrument with Saxophonics) was an ideal frontline partner - think Hank Mobley or Benny Golson with the Jazz Messengers.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Preview: Quilliam Bros in La La Land

If you're yet to see Damien Chazelle's Oscar-winning film La La Land and just happen to be at a loose end in Newcastle on Tuesday (Jan 15) there is an opportunity to attend a free-admission screening at Quilliam Bros.' Teahouse. 

The ever-popular, all-things-tea emporium at Barras Bridge regularly screens films that you wish you'd seen first time round or simply would like to see again. Earlier this month Chazelle's Whiplash was on the menu, now, at eight o'clock, Tuesday in Quilliam's basement cinema it's La La Land. Starring Ryan Gosling as a wannabe jazz pianist and Emma Stone as Mia, this romantic, feel-good movie is worth catching for the soundtrack alone. Justin Hurwitz' Academy Award-winning score is a real 'ear-worm' - it'll be in your head 'til summer. 

Admission is free so the least you could do is sit with a cuppa. Quilliam Bros.' Teahouse is the building at the bottom of Claremont Road opposite Great North Museum: Hancock. La La Land is a 12A certificate film.  
Russell

Monday, March 20, 2017

Early Birds @ Jazz Café - March 16

Paul Edis (flute, clarinet, MD); Ben Lawrence, James Metcalfe (trumpets); Ryan DeSilva (baritone); Alex Thompson (alto); Mathew Downey (guitar); Phil Grobe (piano); Alex Shipsey (bass guitar); Matthew MacKellar (drums).
Ben Lawrence Trio - Dylan Thompson (drums).
(Review by Steve T).
Like police people, teachers and drivers, Early Birds just get younger. A veteran at seventeen, maybe now eighteen, Ben Lawrence was called upon to quell the high spirits of his fifteen or sixteen year old trio, after their debut at the Caff.
The band have regrouped and reinvented themselves and missed their former string section not.
Ladybird remains in the set and kicked things off for the just over twenty in the audience of mostly, but not exclusively family and friends. It's so easy for piano and guitar to get in each other’s way but these two have it cracked already, masterful comping from the guitarist and some great inflections cutting through from Dr Phil, his soloing far more confident and virtuosic than I've ever heard him. Look out Leeds.
Blue Bossa is another band favourite, here given a push towards the avant garde, particularly during the intro with Alex playing his mouthpiece and James playing muted.

Monday, January 09, 2017

Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe - January 4

(Review by Steve T)
According to the website, main man Dave Weisser likes to think of this as more of a workshop than a jam session. He sat at the front of a sparse audience like a Mingus character directing operations, chipping in trumpet, muted and singing as the mood took him, his own non-commissioned Dolphy, impressive on alto, flute and vocals, taking a lead on the shop floor.
My Funny Valentine as we arrived and there was also another lady alto player, 'bone, guitar, piano, bass and drums.
Dolphy switched to flute for Little Sunflower and, half way through, Mingus flicked a switch from 68 to 79 and the vocal version featuring Al Jarreau and some sterling piano from Chick Corea, so no pressure. The bass, in tune with the times, turned it up and funked it up with some slapping among the piano solo.

Friday, September 02, 2016

Square One @ Durham Ushaw Jazz Festival - August 28


Peter Johnstone (piano), Joe Williamson (guitar), David Bowden (bass guitar) & Stephen Henderson (drums)
(Review by Steve T/Photos courtesy of Gordon Carlton)
With FDT and the Lawrence brothers behind, and Ben now ‘out’ as an aspiring Jazz keyboardist, I imagined that, with Whiplash, this could be them in a few years.
Circumstances beyond their control meant they played the theatre rather than the lounge which the just over thirty would have comfortably filled. No matter, the theatre is such a splendid room it still looked okay and, if you choose Jazz as a profession, you have to get used to empty seats.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Monastery of Sound: Early Bird Band @ Ushaw Durham Jazz Festival. August 27

(Review by Steve T).
Young Russell had realised he’d bitten off more than he could chew so my meagre reviewing duties had doubled. Then they doubled again. Oh, and can you also just do…
A few empty seats for the Northern Monkey Brass Band, on with their closing number - Jackson Fives’ I Want You Back - when I stuck my head in the door, but about sixty, which still looks pretty good in this theatre.

It actually highlighted a potential problem that, if the theatre was sold out and everybody wanted to head for the lounge for Zoe, and I’d strongly recommend they should, we’d have to remove the furniture to get them all in.

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