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JD Allen: "...art in itself is now a luxury that you need a lot of finances to do." - (DownBeat October 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.
Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST! --

Postage

13,806 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1223 of them this year alone and, so far, 50 this month (Oct. 13).

From This Moment On ...

October

Fri 15: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 15: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm..
Fri 15: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 15: House of the Black Gardenia @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 16: Women Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor Julija Jacenaite: Improvarium..
Sat 16: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ St Mary's Church, Monkseaton. 7:30pm..
Sat 16: Triptych @ Sage Gateshead. 7:45pm. Trio with live visuals by Lisa Delarny. .
Sat 16: Rendezvous Jazz @ Memorial Hall, Ponteland. 8:00pm. Guest Ian Wynne (piano)..

Sun 17: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 17: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club. 1:00pm.
Sun 17: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Unitarian Church, Newcastle. 1:30pm.
Sun 17: Vula Viel @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 18: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 20: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 20: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 20: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 8:00pm.

Thu 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 21: Alter Ego @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle 7:30pm.
Thu 21: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 21: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 22: Mick Shoulder Quartet @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Quartet featuring Alex Clarke (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist).
Fri 22: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Traveller's Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 22: Michael Feinstein @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 22: Peter Morgan Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga - Love For Sale (Official Music Video)


Lady G and Tony B? don't mock - this is the real deal. Their previous collaboration - Cheek to Cheek - pointed the way and this is the fruition. I look forward to hearing the complete album. A jazz great and, Tony isn't bad either! - Lance

Preview: Sunday @ The Globe

(Press release)

Jazz North East are bringing Vula Viel to The Globe on Sunday! Vula Viel are a jazz group from London, playing music based on the sound of the gyil, a wooden xylophone from West Africa, fused with elements of electronica and minimal music.

Tickets are available on our (Globe) website - link.

Excuse me...are you a musician?

Strolling along Euston Road the other day, a voice from behind said: Are you a musician? Looking over my shoulder, a woman wearing a face mask was walking briskly by. No, I replied. Why do you ask? Pointing at my t-shirt she said: Oh, I thought you might be a musician. Ah, my Danish Radio Big Band t-shirt, picked up many moons ago at the band's concert at Whitley Bay Playhouse. On that memorable occasion the band's special guest was none other than valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer!

The woman behind the mask? Jacqui Dankworth! We stood and chatted for a couple of minutes recalling Jacqui's concert appearances 'up north' at Durham's Gala Theatre and Sage Gateshead, my memories of Wavendon. And off Jacqui went, an early morning rehearsal ahead of her.  Russell

Billie Holiday on the Beeb - Friday Oct. 15

Why not go in search of Billie Holiday this evening? BBC Television is once again screening James Erskine's documentary film Billie: in Search of Billie Holiday. First shown on BBC 2, tune to BBC 4 this evening (Friday) at 9:00pm - Russell  

Preview: Michael Feinstein @ Sage Gateshead (Oct. 22)

(Photo  from Sage Gateshead)
It was back in 1994 when cable television finally arrived on our street. Suddenly, over night we had trillions of channels to choose from. That most of these channels were rubbish is neither here nor there as there was one weekly programme that shone like a beacon above the rest. I think it may have been on NPR but I'm not sure. What I am sure about was the performers and, in particular, singer, pianist, music historian, author Michael Feinstein.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Album review: Kristian Borring - Out of Nowhere

Kristian Borring (guitar); Rick Simpson (piano); Mick Coady (bass); Jon Scott (drums).

The Danish guitarist is no stranger to BSH, he's had several albums reviewed within these hallowed (virtual) portals and all have impressed those of us with ears for the real deal and this truly is the real deal.

Recorded in London in prepandomic times the musician met up in Nick Taylor's Porcupine Studios to cut 8 sides as we used to say before sides became tracks before becoming downloads before becoming whatever next. Being somewhat of a Luddite, I opted for a CD which duly arrived in several pieces - well it had come from Australia - so rather than wait for an Antipodean replacement, I went for the download option.

Adrian Cox Trio with Miss Baby Sol @ Oriole, Smithfield Market, London - Oct. 13

Adrian Cox (clarinet, vocals); Dave Archer (guitar); Ferg Ireland (double bass); Miss Baby Sol (vocals)

Smithfield Market isn't the kind of place you'd associate with a music venue. East Poultry Avenue, in the heart of London's meat market, with its cold store environment, forklift trucks and articulated lorries offloading consignments more or less 24/7, is home to Oriole. A cocktails-led basement venue, it is as discreet as they come. A nondescript doorway (it could be mistaken as the gaffer's office, perhaps the canteen) leads, via a flight of stairs, to a subterranean speakeasy offering cocktails and, well, cocktails. 

Emmet Cohen Trio @ Ronnie Scott's - Oct. 13

Emmet Cohen (piano); Yasushi Nakamura (double bass); Kyle Poole (drums) + Ruben Fox (tenor sax)

For more than a year Emmet Cohen has been streaming concerts on a weekly basis from his New York City apartment. Live from Emmet's Place has become required viewing. Now, as international travel has become somewhat easier, pianist Cohen is once again on the road. A European tour itinerary included a stop off at Ronnie Scott's. Turning onto Frith Street a queue stretched out onto the pavement for the first of two houses. The sense of anticipation was palpable, people had been waiting a long time for this moment.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Album review: Jeremy Monteiro & Alberto Marsico - Jazz-Blues Brothers

Jeremy Monteiro (piano); Alberto Marsico (B3); Shawn Letts (tenor sax); Eugene Pao (guitar); Shawn Kelley (drums + Miz Dee Longwood - vocals on 2 tks.)

Monteiro has been called Singapore's King of Swing - Marsico could equally have been called Italy's King Hammond and maybe he has. Together they're jazz royalty in any genre and the courtiers (sidemen) ain't bad either.

The unusual instrumentation works well, the chordal instruments don't step on each others' fingers, Letts blows walkin' the bar tenor and Kelley works out on Catastrophy.

Paul Hartley Quartet featuring Rod Mason at the Railway Stockport - Oct. 12

Paul Hartley (guitar); Rod Mason (tenor/baritone sax); Ken Marley (bass); Dave Walsh (drums).

As Paul Hartley explained in his introduction, it has been over two years since Yorkshire-based Rod Mason has appeared at the Railway and for this visit he brought with him both tenor and baritone saxes. 

Billy Hart Quartet @ Ronnie Scott's - Oct 12

Billy Hart (drums); Mark Turner (tenor sax); Ethan Iverson (piano); Ben Street (double bass)

As travel restrictions eased, veteran drummer Billy Hart flew across the Atlantic with his all-star quartet to fulfill an engagement at Ronnie Scott's. Hart has worked with just about everyone, from Miles Davis to Stan Getz, Marian McPartland to Wes Montgomery and a whole lot more. Here on Frith Street one sensed he had nothing to prove. 

Hart asked Ronnie's patrons if they had heard of him, saying he didn't know anyone in the audience! And with that, Hart's quartet opened with Ethan Iverson's tribute to fellow pianist Hampton Hawes, South Hampton. The composer's multi-layered piece set off in one direction before being swiftly redirected by the band leader's mischievous, propulsive drumming. And this was to be the pattern for a set of some seventy five minutes. If some in the audience didn't know Billy Hart, the man himself knew who he was and is! 

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The ones that got away - part one.

These are just some of the ones that didn't make the cut - there are more to come. We try to give preference to those who send actual hard copies - I'm one of the last surviving Jazz Luddites. However, in no way does this detract from the albums listed below it's simply that with only a limited number of reviewers to call upon - so be it!

Actually, most of them are ok. David Angel's Out on the Coast is great but 3 CDs are a lot to listen to when the backlog is building up like traffic on the M25.

MUGGSY SPANIER - MANDY, MAKE UP YOUR MIND


As the Toon Army and Steve Bruce await the decision regarding the latter's future at St James Infirmary - sorry Park - this tune came to mind. Mandy* Make up Your Mind. Nice clarinet from Rod Cless. Has Adrian Cox featured him in his Sunday Sermons? Lance

*Amanda Staveley - already the media are calling her Mandy... Things don't look good for Stevie - the Leazes End don't think he's a wonder.

The Stuart Fowler Quintet: Blue Mitchell's The Thing to Do + jam session @ Central Bar, Gateshead - Oct. 11

Stuart Fowler Quintet: Stuart Fowler (trumpet); Jamie Toms (tenor sax); Alan Law (piano); Mick Shoulder (double bass); John Bradford (drums)

Another jam session, a Monday evening at that! Would people turn out? Only one way to find out, head to Central Bar at the Gateshead end of the High Level Bridge for a half past seven start. Arriving in good time to order a pint of a more than acceptable porter, a nod to some of the musicians in the downstairs bar, let's take a look upstairs...

Dottie Dodgion (Sept. 23, 1929 - Sept. 17, 2021)

Dottie Dodgion, singer, drummer and reluctant trailblazer passed away on Sept. 17 just six days short of her 92nd birthday.

She wasn't the first female drummer but she was certainly the most enduring holding down a regular gig until March 2020 when Covid stepped in.

Although I never heard her play an article in the March 20, 1969 issue of DownBeat has a photo of Dottie playing a gig with Al Cohn and Zoot Sims. The article also gives an insight into her bubbly personality. After quoting Billy Higgins, Tootie Heath, Mickey Roker and Ginger Baker as being among her favourite drummers when asked about Buddy Rich she replied: "He plays good for a man."

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