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Bebop Spoken There

Michael League: "We flew back from Europe, and the second gig we [Snarky Puppy] did was in Arcata, California. There were two people. And one of them was the bartender." - (DownBeat December, 2022)

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

14806 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1074 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (Nov.24).

From This Moment On ...

November

Sat 26: Rat Pack - Swingin' at the Sands @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.
Sat 26: Jean Toussaint @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sun 27: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 27: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 27: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 27: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 27: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free. Sitters-in & audience welcome.
Sun 27: Nu Civilisation Orchestra @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 27: Jamil Sheriff's Five Gold Rings @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 28: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 28: Jeremy McMurray & Friends @ Billingham Catholic Club. 7:30pm. £5.00. at the door. A SVP fundraiser for Xmas food hampers.

Tue 29: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

Wed 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 30: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Wed 30: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 30: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 30: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

December
Thu 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 01: New York Jazz Night feat. Zoë Gilby @ The Keys, Yarm. 7:00pm. £30.00. (inc. meal). Tickets from Skiddle. Gilby w. Noel Dennis, Mark Williams & Andy Champion.
Thu 01: Bold Big Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Cluny 2.
Thu 01: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm. Paul Skerritt & James Harrison residency.
Thu 01: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 02: Swing Manouche @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 02: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 02: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 02: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 02: Durham University Big Band + Durham University Jazz Orchestra @ Kingsgate Bar, Durham Students' Union, Dunelm House, Durham. 7:00pm. £3.00. & £2.50. Fundraiser for Coppafeel.
Fri 02: Niffi Osiyemi Trio @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm.
Fri 02: Alligator Gumbo @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm. Xmas party.
Fri 02: Struggle Buggy's Almost Xmas Party @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Blind Pig Blues Club.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Vasilis Xenopoulos with the Paul Edis Trio @ The Traveller's Rest, Darlington - October 25


Vasilis Xenopoulos (tenor & soprano saxophones); Paul Edis (piano); Ken Marley (double bass); Russ Morgan (drums)
 (Review by Russell)

Once a year one of the great tenor saxophonists makes it his business to play a return engagement at Opus 4 Jazz Club. The Traveller's Rest on West Auckland Road is home to Darlington's premier modern jazz club and if it's a Friday in late October you're sure to find Vasilis Xenopoulos linking up once more with his friend Paul Edis to entertain a discerning audience there to listen to an evening of imperious tenor saxophone playing.

Vasilis Xenopoulos made the trip north from his west London home to play three gigs in as many days across the north east of England. On the way the Greek born, London resident saxophonist stopped off in Garforth near Leeds to pick up a soprano saxophone. Later in the day he would put it to good use.



Dexterity is Xenopoulos' latest album and it is a corker. Its inspiration is American tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon. Our guest opened his set with a number that isn't on the CD - Fried Bananas. Two bars in confirmed this was going to be (yet again!) something special. In total command of his instrument, an evening listening to a master musician such as Xenopoulos is one to be treasured. 

Working alongside Mr X were Edis, piano, Manchester based bassist Ken Marley and Tyneside's adopted southerner, drummer Russ Morgan. An A-list line-up playing first rate material to an attentive audience with a beer in hand - your reviewer opting for a pint of Monty Python's Holy Grail (Black Sheep) - it doesn't come any better than this. Three cuts from Dexterity Tanya with its curious Coltrane 'n' Blakey feel, Montmartre and Society Red. The second of three, Montmartre, featured Xenopoulos on soprano saxophone. Go on, have a guess...yes, he could play the damn thing, then some! Stopping off in Garforth to collect the endorsed instrument it was crystal clear Xenopoulos knew his way round it. 

Two numbers from Dexter Gordon's Go! Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry and Second Balcony Jump - to close a superb first set were nothing short of magnificent. 

The interval, the lounge, another pint of Holy Grail ordered, the eye drawn to the television screen...Southampton 0 Leicester...is that 2? No, Leicester 7! A real Flying Circus of a game!

The one original number of the evening, Xenopoulos' Dexterology (pure Xenopoulos, pure Dexter G), resumed affairs. Hanky Panky, the Latin groove of Soy Califa from the Clubhouse album (recorded a couple of days after Gordon cut Go!) heard Edis quoting from here, there and everywhere (all at the speed of light, no time to think about it, no time to scribble down titles!) with Mr X switching mid-tune from tenor to soprano. Anything Edis can quote, Xenopoulos can quote too and he did just that on Tivoli which featured more fine work from Ken Marley. 

Two tunes to finish - I'm a Fool to Want You (another Clubhouse cut) with Russ Morgan's expert use of mallets followed by a flying take on

The End of a Love Affair. It had been another memorable evening and the whistling, hollering Opus 4 crowd demanded one more. Xenopoulos and co obliged with If You Could See Me Now. Superb. 

Vasilis Xenopuolos with the Paul Edis Trio continues his mini tour at St Cuthbert's Centre, Crook (Saturday 26), 7:30pm start and winds up at the Black Bull, Blaydon at 1:00pm the following day.         
Russell              

1 comment :

Steve T said...

According to my info, it's 7 oclock start tonight, so maybe get there early to be safe.

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