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Bebop Spoken There

Ethan Iverson: "I asked Bertha [Hope] if she ever used the word "contrafact" to describe the process of writing new tunes over old changes, and she replied, "Of course not. The only people who used that word went to a university to learn about jazz."" - (Jazz Times March 2020).


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".


In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.


As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Legohead @ Splinter @ The Bridge, Newcastle. September 13th.

Lloyd Wright (guitar), Jon Proud (electric bass) & David Francis (drums) The Legohead fan club was out in force last night to hear the trio play another gig in the soon to be refurbished upstairs room of the Bridge Hotel. Legohead write original material; distinctive and at times playfully quirky. The versatile David Francis develops endless rhythmic drum (and drum 'n' bass) patterns, bassist Jon Proud lays down assured Jaco inspired figures and the wizard of the fretboard, Lloyd Wright, is just that, a wizard of the fretboard.
Bunkers, Avon and From Out of the Ashes are now familiar numbers to Bridge regulars. Wright has, one could say, all the chords and more. Lyrical, swinging on occasion and a feast of fusion at his fingertips. Sometimes you get all this within a few bars, all done with panache and a smile. Broken Foot, Curve and a new tune The Fibonacci Effect drew deserved applause and the last tune of the night was the crowd pleaser Getaway Driver.
Legohead will be back at the Bridge, no doubt about it. Meanwhile, what will the refurbishment bring? Hopefully John Fitzgerald's, the pub company, will do little to the pub. The wonderful photographs of blues and r'n'b legends adorning the walls have been taken down ready for the decorators to move in. Perhaps this would be an opportune moment to think about replacing them with some images of jazz greats (regional, national and international) shot by some of the north east's best photographers. Photos from Adrian Tilbrook. Splinter @ The Bridge next Sunday (19th) features the extraordinary Eugene Chadbourne with Roger Turner and Andy Champion. Russell

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