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Bebop Spoken There

Art Blakey: "You [Bobby Watson] don't want to play too long, because you don't know they're clapping because they're glad you finished!" - (JazzTimes, Nov. 2019)..

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

15848 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 855 of them this year alone and, so far, 53 this month (Sept. 18).

From This Moment On ...

September

Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 24: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.

Mon 25: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 25: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 7:00pm.

Tue 26: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social 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, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 28: Alice Grace Quartet @ King's Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Free.
Thu 28: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm. All welcome.
Thu 28: Faye MacCalman + Snape/Sankey @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 28: Zoe Rahman @ Jesmond United Reformed Church, Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Thu 28: '58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Speakeasy @ Queen's Hall, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A Southpaw Dance Company presentation. Dance, audio-visuals, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, swing dancers etc.
Thu 28: Mick Cantwell Band @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free. Ace blues band.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 30: John Pope Quintet + Late Girl + Shapeshifters @ Bobik's, Jesmond, Newcastle.
Sat 30: Papa G's Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Jazz Social @ Charts - Nov 24


Rick Laughlin (piano, keyboards); Paul Grainger (double bass); Abbie Finn (drums) + Harry Keeble (tenor sax); MJ (guitar)
(Review by Russell)

Charts' weekly jazz social continues to engage top class trios to entertain Quayside diners and drinkers. For 'jazz social' read 'jam session'. Sunday's late afternoon session welcomed Rick Laughlin, up from County Durham, to play three leisurely sets in the company of Paul Grainger and Abbie Finn.


What is this thing called love? the trio enquired. Pianist Rick Laughlin sat at the venue's Steck piano which, in truth, could do with some TLC. Laughlin has a liking for seventies' synth sounds and on this gig brought along a mini keyboard which he perched on top of the acoustic piano. During the afternoon our pianist would utilise both keyboards.  

Tenor saxophonist Harry Keeble was on the premises from the off and would make several telling contributions; a ballad, a seventies' funk thing and an uptempo Autumn Leaves for starters.

Laughlin scored with an excellent In a Sentimental Mood and again on Days of Wine and Roses with mainstay bassist Paul Grainger doing the business. Guitarist MJ, a familiar face on the jam session scene, suggested some Django. Nuages, with volume levels just right, ie low, enabled the audience to focus on the melody and MJ's exploration of the enduring number. Minor Swing followed with our guitarist going down a distinct Chet Atkins' country road.  

The never-less-than excellent Abbie Finn shuffled things along on The Charleston and with tenor man Keeble back on the stand All the Things You Are going straight into Blue Monk concluded a third and final set of an enjoyable late afternoon-early evening 'jazz social'.

Last but by no means least, indeed purposely reserved 'til last, special mention of a mid-session Trane double header; Harry Keeble calling Naima and Impressions. Simply outstanding, top marks to Trane, Tyner, Garrison and Jones, collectively aka Keeble, Laughlin, Grainger and Finn. 
Russell

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