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Bebop Spoken There

Kirk Knuffke: “When I moved to New York, it was pretty obvious that I wasn’t getting any work because I was a trumpet player. I was only getting work because I was me.” – (Jazz Times October 2015).

Philip Larkin: "It's marvelous background music if you can find the foreground" - (Daily Telegraph April 17, 1969).

Today Saturday November 28

Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.00pm.
BUDTONES - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £5 Doors 8pm.
Chris Jelly/Peter Gilligan - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9:00pm. Free.
Hannah Taylor/Alix Shepherd - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle. Free. 7pm (? 0191 2331010 to check).
Dave Rae's NOJB - Methodist Church, Springwell Rd., Springwell Village, Gateshead NE9 7RY. 7:30pm. £5.
Tees Valley Jazzmen - Village Hall, Ingleton, Co. Durham. 8pm. £10 (advance bookings before Nov. 26 from 01325 730250). Pie and Pea supper inc.
Burundanga - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Rd., Newcastle. 9pm. Free.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Lost Weekend

Well now that the GIJF (was it the 8th or the 9th?) is over it's time to reflect on the coverage we've given this one - all I can say is that, in my opinion, it was AWESOME! Russell, Ann and myself covered just about every concert of note as well as ensuring that the Sage Bar and the bar staff at the Central were kept busy.
I think our coverage this year was second to none and we all deserve a pat on wherever it is we like to be patted!


  1. Lance you do an amazing job.

    There are some great pieces from GIJF in there. Nice sensitive writing about the circs Zoe Rahman was playing under. Look forward to hearing more about Olivia Moore. Etc

    I'm sure others will want to do the same - many many congratulations!

  2. well as a non musician, but an avid music lover, I am proud to be associated with this Blog & endorse everything that has been said about Lance, he does do an amazing job, is passionate about live Jazz in the North East, not only reporting on it accurately ,but attending as many events as his otherwise crowded schedule allows, and from this small voice...well done!

  3. Lance, thank you for the mention of my efforts over the weekend, it's nice to be appreciated. When's the next assignment?


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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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