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Bebop Spoken There

Maurice J. Summerfield: "Over dinner one night Barney [Kessel] told me about his seminar The Effective Guitarist, and in 1972 my company presented the first of twelve annual UK seminars in Newcastle upon Tyne." - (Just Jazz Guitar, September 1997)

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!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

15087 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 106 of them this year alone and, so far, 4 this month (Feb. 1).

From This Moment On ...

February

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Rivkala @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sun 05: Jive Aces @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 05: Dale Storr @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 05: Jam No.13 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students alike).

Mon 06: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 07: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums). Jam session reverts to a first & third Tuesday in the month schedule.

Wed 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 08: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Free. TBC.
Wed 08: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 08: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 08: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 09: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 4:00pm (this week only). Free.
Thu 09: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00.
Thu 09: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 10: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 10: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller's Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Convergence Quartet @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle.

Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet), Alexander Hawkins (piano), Dom Lash (double bass) & Harris Eisenstadt (drums)
The Convergence Quartet first played Newcastle some four years ago. This return visit was, for some, an eagerly anticipated event. North Americans Taylor Ho Bynum (a disciple of Anthony Braxton) and Canadian drummer Harris Eisenstadt met up once more with Brits Alexander Hawkins (piano) and bassist Dom Lash.
Sheet music littered the Lit and Phil's music room, music stands taking the strain under reams of paper. Structured sections formed the basis from which improvisations developed. And what improvisations they were! Bynum, a masterful brass player, incorporated so many elements, so many influences in his playing; the free players - Bill Dixon, Don Cherry certainly, Miles, Dizzy, Clifford without question, then there was Louis and King Oliver. Harmon and plunger mutes were used to great effect. Crescent City slurs and growls gave way to Cool School Miles and on to today (the sound of Taylor Ho Bynum).
Pianist Hawkins, from a classical background, possesses flawless technique and he too gave a brilliant display. Twentieth century contemporary lyricism soon gave way to fierce bop lines of which Bud Powell would have been proud. The music was of the highest order, the playing sincere and impassioned.
Drummer Harris Eisenstadt, a master musician of quiet demeanour, listened intently to his compatriots on the stand, responding to and frequently initiating a change of direction as the music developed.
Double bassist Dom Lash worked as an equal partner in the quartet pulling it this way then that. All four swung mightily at times not least on a powerful blues to conclude a gig that will be recalled fondly in years to come by those fortunate to be present.
The concert was a Jazz North East presentation assisted by the good offices of the Literary and Philosophical Library. The next concert at the venue brings together two of the greats of the free jazz world. American saxophonist and pianist Charles Gayle will be in the company of Dutch percussion master Han Bennink on Friday 18th November (8:00 pm). It promises to be a great occasion.
Russell.

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