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Bebop Spoken There

Pat Thomas: “He’s definitely one to watch, he's going to be a breath of fresh air for the jazz scene. What I like is he [Xhosa Cole] plays like Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins - you don't hear anybody come from that. He knows tunes like "Fried Bananas" by Dexter Gordon and he can play free as well." - (The Wire September 2021)

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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.
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Postage

13,698 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Sept. 17).

From This Moment On ...

September

Fri 17: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: Abbie Finn's Finntet @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington. 8:00pm.

Sat 18: Baghdaddies @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 18: David Gray Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 19: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 19: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Westbourne Road, Hartlepool TS25 5RB. 1:00pm. South Durham Social Club aka Steelworks or Steelies. New venue for Teesside's premier big band.
Sun 19: Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 19: Green Tangerines + Knats @ Punch Bowl Hotel, Newcastle. 3:30pm.
Sun 19: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 20: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public)
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Celebrating TITTB's 20th anniversary & Dave Weisser's forthcoming birthday! Limited gig tickets (£1.00.). Free live stream. www.jazz.coop.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall 8:00pm. .
Thu 23: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside, Gateshead. 8:30pm. .

Fri 24: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: FILM: Jazz on a Summer's Day + Swing Bridge Trio (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 7:00pm.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Zoe Gilby Trio@ The Black Horse, Monkseaton, Saturday 6th Nov

Zoe Gilby, vocals ; Mark Williams, guitar ; Andy Champion, double bass. This gig was the first in an experiment to swell the numbers in the Lounge of this great old pub, and swell them it did in more ways than one, as a lively rent-a-crowd of fans, friends, and family of the Zoe Gilby Trio, along with plenty of enthusiastic locals, responded gleefully to this tastiest of desserts to follow the main course of Zoe's quintet's recent Looking Glass album tour - sweet music indeed!
From the start you could sense this was real fine dining as Zoe opened with Comes Love - the counterpoint between Mark's guitar and Andy's bass so tastily empathetic I was tempted to turn to camera and make the 'peace' sign - "Nice!"
After the effervescent up-tempo medley of I'm Beginning to See the Light/When Lights are Low, we all snuggled down with our milk and cuddly Penguin biscuits as Andy's lovely song for his daughter Ellie, Eleanor, entranced us before its gently flickering flames: "...You're here with me, I can hear your heart beat..." - touching without being overly sentimental.
Zoe's scat singing was right on the ball tonight as, in the Rhumba rhythm of Ellington's Do Nothing til You Hear from Me, her voice dropped right down the register to be more on the bass ball, teasingly countering with Andy - naturally he got lower - sheer delight! If this were a high wire act there'd have been no need for a safety net - each pass, each catch timed to perfection as the three soared and spun through the Big Top of the Black Horse Lounge.
The whole performance was both tight and tirelessly entertaining as band banter spiralled during the song breaks, egged on by Zoe's wonderfully connecting introductions. So is 'tour' pronounced 'Tor' or 'Toowa' - the choice is yours! But one thing's for 'shoowa': the effect of the band's recent 'On the Road' experiences has been to hone them into a very close-knit whole. Not only by way of their spending more time in each other's company, but also by having to perform before a new audience each night; that sense of group reliance and friendship which can bind us all closer together.
Finally, still chewing on that culinary metaphor: I'd like to sum up this performance in the words of Greg Wallace during the recent final of Masterchef, "Mate, I could quite 'appily 'ave cleared the 'ole plate!"
Photos. George M

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