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Bebop Spoken There

Chris Batchelor: “At [Sage] Gateshead, Ashley [Slater] asked the audience how many of them had seen Loose Tubes before: it wasn’t the majority.” - (Jazz Journal October 2015).

Mundell Lowe: “In the States, that's where jazz is--out in the schools. Not in the cities; they couldn't care less about jazz” – (Crescendo November 1975).


Today Tuesday October 13

Mosaic Jazz (Playing a celebration of American music) - Bell and Bucket, 37 Norfolk St, North Shields, Tyne and Wear NE30 1NQ. 1pm.
Rendezvous Jazz - Red Lion, Front St., Earsdon NE28 9JU. 1pm. Free.
Robert Cray Band - Sage Gateshead. £29.50/£39.50. 7:30pm.
Charles Gordon/Ken Hewitt Trio - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 7.30-10pm. Free.
Gavin Lee’s Dixieland Band - New Inn, 29 Church St., Durham. DH1 3DN. 9pm. Free.
Advanced Jazz Guitar Course - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 6pm.
Alter Ego - The Fox Inn, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. Donations. 8.30pm.

Monday, April 19, 2010


Popular vocalist, ex NYJO singer and follower of Bebop Spoken Here, Sarah Ellen Hughes, has won the prestigious Jazz Voices Competition in Lithuania. Click here for LondonJazz details - hope she got back before the volcanic dust arrived. Visit Sarah's own site for note by note description of the Lithuanian Experience.
PS: Check out her CD Darning the Dream - it's on Spotify.
PPS: You can catch Sarah Ellen Hughes at The Maltings, Berwick on June 4 (not 2), The Cherry Tree Restaurant, Jesmond on June 28, and Bishop Auckland Town Hall on June 29. This is part of her CD launching tour and can, of course, be heard in other civilised parts of the UK.


  1. Thanks, Lance for the blog! I'm looking forward to my NE tour.

    Love the picture by the way - a real bling necklace!

  2. PS. I'd just like to correct the Maltings date, which is in fact Friday 4th June.


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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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