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Bebop Spoken There

John Scofield: "I like architecture that lends itself to improvisation." - (Jazzwise November, 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

13,837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1254 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 23).

From This Moment On ...

October

Tue 26: Classic Swing @ Ship inn, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the band’s weekly residency will be fortnightly until further notice.
Tue 26: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the Black Swan’s fortnightly jam session.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 01: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

GIJF Day 1 - Soweto Kinch & The Legend of Mike Smith. April 5.

Soweto Kinch (alto & tenor saxophones), Nick Jurd (double bass & electric bass) & Shaney Forbes (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Soweto Kinch arrived at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival with a story to tell - the Legend of Mike Smith. Our eponymous hero is an aspiring MC and on his journey to wherever (Dante’s Inferno perhaps) he encounters/experiences the Seven Deadly Sins.
Kinch played alto sax  to die for, tenor too and entertained hugely with his observational, politically incisive rap lyrics. Drummer Shaney Forbes was the perfect fit for the bandleader’s musical vision; of the generation, complete musical vocabulary, immense left hand snare (a blur!). Bassist Nick Jurd had it down on five string electric and double bass. How did one so young know? Kinch took full advantage of the trio format to improvise a lyric - political, knowing, humourous. Tunes were drawn from the new CD The Legend of Mike Smith. A rap number alternated  with an instrumental, the narrative thread focused the attention, the audience followed willingly this Pied Piper of contemporary jazz. Highlights were many, to choose one or two - Kinch’s party piece rapping freestyle with audience participation (amazing instant composition!), a brilliant swing section and a blistering Traffic Lights had everything. The finale had to be The Healing. A wonderful start to the festival.           
Russell.

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