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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.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Gerry R & the E-Types play Booker T & the MGs @ Hoochie Coochie - August 30

Gerry Richardson (organ/vocals); Garry Linsley (alto); Rod Sinclair (guitar); Adam Sinclair (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Back in the day (late '60s/early '70s) when Booker T and the MGs were the Stax house band as well as driving around the charts in their own name I'd have balked at describing their music as jazz. Soul/funk? yes, but jazz? no way! How times have changed and, upon reflection, a lot of that music was jazzier than some of the stuff being labelled as jazz today!
Certainly, last night's gig by Gerry R and the E-Types could be classified in any of the above genres but, at the end of the day as the Duke of Ellingtonia famously said, "only 2 types of music - good and bad'. This performance was, without doubt, in the former category.
Not an out and out lipservice tribute including, as it did, some of Gerry's own compositions such as the always crowd-pleasing African Sunset with its stunning drum solo, but the Memphis groove was never far away.
In the absence of bassist Neil Harland, gigging somewhere in Europe, Garry Linsley stood in on alto and near-stripped the paint from the ceiling with solo after solo whilst Gerry himself indicated that there can be few more soulful organists around today. He was on form, the forehand smashes, the walking basslines on a par with any of the greats and, of course, the occasional vocal - the icing on the cake.
In the previous post, Russell commented in glowing terms of the number of guitar heroes heard over the past week. Well, Rod Sinclair is another one for that ever increasing list. The Telecaster was on fire, may it never be extinguished. And while Uncle Rod was burning, young Adam was fanning the flames.
By the time we got to Soul Limbo the beat was too much for one of the BSH team who took to the floor, soon to be surrounded by other hip-shaking terpsichoreans. This is the way it used to be and, I'm pleased to note, still is given the right conditions and the right music.
Last night we had both.
Photos.
Lance. 
Knock on Wood; Soul Shadows; Red Beans & Rice; Every Thing I Do Is Gonna Be Funky (backing vocals by The Sinclairs); African Sunset; Memphis Underground; Groovy Baby; Money's Getting Cheaper; Cissy Strut; Amazing Grace (tribute to Aretha); Walkin' the Dog; Billie Holiday & John Coltrane; Soul Limbo; Green Onions etc.

1 comment :

Russell said...

A groovy gig, as Gerry might say!

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