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Russell - Be Bop Spoken Here

The Punch Bowl | 27th May 2011

Big Band (19pc)

"...trumpeters rode to high Cs and the other horns blew mightily."

Russell - Be Bop Spoken Here

The Punch Bowl | 30th March 2012

Big Band (19pc)

"Charts old and new...served to illustrate the bredth of material and depth of tallent in the ranks of Michael Lamb's Strictly Smokin' Big Band."

Lance Liddle - Be Bop Spoken Here

Hoochie Coochie | 5th April 2012

Big Band (19pc)

"These were but a few of the hilights - to list them all would take ten pages!"

Lance Liddle - Be Bop Spoken Here

The Tyne Bar | 30th June 2012

Big Band (19pc)

"A great gig..."

Ann Alex - Be Bop Spoken Here

The Sage Gateshead, Jazz Cafe | 3rd August 2012

Big Band (19pc)

"...the band certainly did more than nice work, woth skilled arrangements, interesting solos and trading of fours"

Lance Liddle - Be Bop Spoken Here

Hoochie Coochie | 13th December 2012

Big Band (19pc)

"I'm pleased to say that they are still smokin', breathing fire down their horns - and tonight... was an evening that swung from the word go."

Lance Liddle - Be Bop Spoken Here

Gateshead International Jazz Festival | 24th March 2012

Big Band (19pc)

"...got things moving... with a bang"

Lance Liddle - Be Bop Spoken Here

The Black Swan/ Newcastle Arts Centre | 13th April 2013

Little Big Band (12pc)

"The band really were smokin', they were on fire! Even this minimal version exuded power."

Russell - Be Bop Spoken Here

The Millstone | 25th July 2013

Big Band (19pc)

"...a first rate big band."

Lance Liddle - Be Bop Spoken Here

The Tyne Bar | 17th August 2013

Big Band (19pc)

"Strictly Smokin' really is a cracking band..."

Ann Alex - Be Bop Spoken Here

The Discovery Museaum | 25th July 2013

Big Band (19pc)

"Strictly Smokin' Big Band brougt the dancers out in force..."

Lance Liddle - Be Bop Spoken Here

Hoochie Coochie | 22nd September 2013

Big Band (19pc)

"Too many hilights to list"

Lance Liddle - Be Bop Spoken Here

Hoochie Coochie | 20th October 2013

Big Band (19pc)

"A good crowd and a great band!"          "Magic!"

Lance Liddle - Be Bop Spoken Here

Hoochie Coochie | 23rd March 2014

Big Band (19pc)

"Stan Kenton proclaimed at the end of his recording of Prologue,  "This is an Orchestra!"  Michael Lamb would have been equally justified in making a similar proclamation after this afternoon's session at Hoochie Coochie. He didn't need to - the packed bar knew exactly what they'd heard and, if there we're any complaints, it was having to wait 3 months before the next one [at Hoochie Coochie]!"

Russell - Be Bop Spoken Here

The Millstone | 29th May 2014

Big Band (19pc)

"Unmissable!"

Lance Liddle - Be Bop Spoken Here

Hoochie Coochie | 22nd June 2014

Big Band (19pc)

"...music-wise it was a brilliant gig not least becuase of vocals by James Hedley and... Lindsay Hannon, but also because this is such a swinging band. Laid back, cool and relaxed..."

Lance Liddle - Be Bop Spoken Here

The Millstone | 31st July 2014

Big Band (19pc)

"It was well worth the journey to the promised land for yea verily this nomadic band of musical vagabonds were in fine form"

Lance Liddle - Be Bop Spoken Here

The Tyne Bar | 16th August 2014

Big Band (19pc)

"Vocals from James and Lindsay and some fantastic solos made this an afternoon to remember"             "High voltage..."

Russell - Be Bop Spoken Here

The Millstone | 28th August 2014

Big Band (19pc)

"...the Strictly Smokin' don't mess around..."     "...cracking, must-get-to monthly session."

Kath - Be Bop Spoken Here

The Millstone | 26th March 2015

Big Band (19pc)

"...blisteringly hot..."

Rolly Viech - Blaydon Jazz Club

Black Bull, Blaydon | 15th March 2015

"I would highly recomend them to anyone and we certaibly wish to get the band back to our jaz club"

Ivor Surtees - Saltburn Jazz Club

Saltburn Theatre | 1st May 2015

Big Band (19pc)

"Enthusiastic reception from our sell-out audience."

Russell - Be Bop Spoken Here

The Keys, Darlington Jazz Club | 5th May 2015

Big Band (19pc)

"Tyneside's seriously smokin' outfit..."

Lance Liddle - Be Bop Spoken Here

Hoochie Coochie | 21st June 2015

Big Band (19pc)

"Three stes? Twenty-three wouldnt have been too many for the audience!"

Peter S - Be Bop Spoken Here

Ashington Jazz Festival | 6th June 2015

Big Band (19pc)

"...a well organised unit within which the musicians and vocalists give an outstanding and professional performance whilst keeping alive the enduring attraction of a big band. You will not be disappointed."

Russell - Be Bop Spoken Here

Millstone Residency | 28th May 2015

Big Band (19pc)

"Flawless!"

Russell - Be Bop Spoken Here

Strictly Smokin' EP Review | 2nd February 2015

Big Band (19pc)

"Buy it, play it, see the band live."

Evening Chronicle

Hoochie Coochie | 21st June 2015

Big Band (19pc)

"Without doubt, the very best big band operating in the North of England..."

Sonia Hernandez - Echo Events

North East Accountancy Awards | 26th June 2015

Tiny Big Band (8pc)

"Smooth, slick and entertaining..."

Viv Broughton - Wedding Reception

Derwent Manor Hotel | 9th July 2016

Big Band (19pc)

"A very memorable evening"

 
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