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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

Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Dilutey Juice @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Smoove & Turrell @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £25.00.
Fri 03: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blind Pig Blues Club.

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. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 09: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00.
Thu 09: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Riviera Quartet @ The Globe Jazz Bar - March 9

Pete Tanton (trumpet, flugelhorn); Mark Williams (guitar); John Pope (bass); Russ Morgan (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex/Photos Lance)
They were billed as a band doing bebop, blues and bossa, but I didn’t realise how stunningly well they performed those genres and that most of the tunes were originals. I should have guessed as I’ve seen these musicians in other bands, so the combination was superb. The flugelhorn gave a strong start to Tanton’s Barbados and the guitar quickly showed what he could do. There, There, There (Williams) followed, a rhythm changes based tune, in a tricky bebop style, with muted trumpet. And of course the drums and bass were no slouches either, right ‘on the money’ (I’m writing like Russell now), lively multi-handed drums and well-grounded bass, and 4 bar exchanges already, this early in the set. The bass alone began You Don’t Smile Anymore, the others eased in gently, the flugel playing the title phrase which could have been set to words, and the tune ended with a bass fade out. Flugel and guitar echoed each other during part of the next number, and the first set culminated in a bebop blast with short lines and intriguing gaps between them, as well as skilled guitar and drum solos.
The second set opened with To Heaven Overnight, which Pete dedicated to Lance as it was his birthday. Mention of heaven must surely have resonated with Lance, as he informed me that if Mark looked like Jesus, then Russ must surely be the devil incarnate by the way he was drumming, John was the Pope, of course, and Saint Peter was on flugel. Birthdays have a strange effect on people!
A landscape was the picture that sprung to mind from Mark Williams’ guitar introduction to whatever the next piece was called - ie with a wide spreading tone which reminded me of the countryside, a beautiful slow tune.
A Latin number followed, then a tune with flugel and guitar in call and response mode. The next item ended with bass and cymbals only, cut across by a few subtle guitar chords, very unusual. The Cat’s Reply, a newly arranged item, that involved lots of hand drumming, great stuff, and The Question Mark Blues, rounded off a great evening of music.  
If there is music like this on ‘The Riviera’. I’m booking my flight tomorrow! But, then again, no need to – they’re at the Caff on March 18!
Photos.
Ann Alex

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