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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)

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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

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'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.

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Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

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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

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewwitt (alto sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

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.

Saturday, February 08, 2020

Paris Review: Elie Martin-Charriere Group @ Le Baiser Sale – January 21 et Christophe Brunard Connexion @ MONK Taverne de Cluny - January 26


Elie Martin-Charriere (drums); Theo N'Guyen (saxophone); Martin Ferreyos (guitar); Roman Maresz (keyboards); Juan Villarrael (bass).

(Reviews by JC)

When Bob Dylan sang 'I lived with them on Montague Street/A basement down the stairs/There was music in the cafes at night/And revolution in the air' on Blood on the Tracks in 1975 he was probably talking about New Orleans but the same could be said about Paris in 2020.

The opportunity to spend a little time there was too good to miss even though the apartment was not in the basement but on the 3eme etage. However, there certainly was revolution in the air as the street the apartment was on was the main route from the Bastille to Place de la Republic and the scene of numerous marches.

Thousands of very angry public service workers would regularly take over both sides of the road throwing firecrackers and setting bins alight, watched by hundreds of seriously threatening riot police. It was very obvious that French workers are not going to allow Macron to reduce their pensions without a major fight.

As strikes meant the metro was off and there was no sign of le bus numero vingt-sept, it was shank's pony to get out and find the music in the cafes. This was no hardship though, as everybody knows walking around Paris is fabulous, even when dodging the various demonstrations - school kids, students, firemen, farmers on tractors and even ballet dancers outside the Royal Opera house. But the biggest risk to life and limb was the extra traffic in the cycle lanes where people had purloined any kind of wheeled transport they could get to move around: pedal bikes and electric bikes, push scooters and the latest electric versions, skateboards and hover boards and even police on roller skates.

Thankfully your erstwhile correspondent made it unscathed to Rue de Lombards which has no less than three different jazz clubs within soloing distance of each other - four, if you include the fact that Sunrise Sunset is two clubs in one; jazz upstairs and a funkier place down below - and I noticed that even the Irish pub on the street was advertising regular music sessions.

I was headed for Le Baiser Sale club ('the salty kiss' seems to be the polite translation) which the weekly Paris jazz guide had listed the category 'contemporary' beside the group leader's non-gender specific name (to English-speaking eyes anyway), Elie Martin-Charriere.  A singer maybe? piano player? No, it turned out to be a young (male) drummer with a group presenting a tribute to The Tony Williams Lifetime. Tony Williams formed the group in 1969, a mere 50 years ago - that's my kind of contemporary - and Martin-Charriere was born two years before Williams died - that's my kind of tribute artist.

I'm not over-familiar with the specific Lifetime oeuvre but I know the general jazz-rock fusion style and Martin-Charriere and his equally young guns powered into the music with real ferocity testing their already impressive techniques with some very fast playing. Martin Ferreyos on guitar demonstrated no little ability and much of the speed of the early McLaughlin and Juan Villarreal was very solid on bass but maybe lacked a little of the Joker-like grinning evil menace that Jack Bruce brought to both his demeanour and his playing. On keyboards Roman Maresz played some fine solos and leader Martin-Charriere performed with real assurance powering the band forward. Out front and centre, possibly the youngest member of the group, Theo N'Guyen, played some blistering sax with that easy confidence of youth. They produced a great sound. There was a small but appreciative audience of mainly young people at the gig and I wondered afterwards how many would now want to check out some Lifetime albums. I know I do.

Christophe Brunard (guitar); Julien Brunard (guitar/violin).

However, Paris to me always means the Hot Club de France of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli as it was the first LP I ever bought. Therefore my next foray found me in a place called MONK La Taverne de Cluny on the Left Bank (no relation to our Ouseburn venue as far as I know). Here Christophe Brunard and his son, Julien have a regular weekly gig in the bar ('gypsy' was the style indicator in my music guide). For the first set both were playing guitars, with Brunard jr. taking most of the main solos and he was an excellent musician rooted in the Hot Club style with fast, rippling, inventive solos but clearly showing a knowledge of later guitar developments. Brunard snr. provided much of the rhythmic chordal drive with added walking bass lines for good measure but also showing he was no slouch when it came to his turn to be out front.

In the second set Julien switched to violin to give a real touch of Reinhardt/Grappelli vibe and if anything he was even more accomplished on this instrument. He played with great technique and considerable emotional intensity. Again, the pair complemented each other beautifully and played (unsurprisingly) with a great deal of empathic musical understanding.

Although no titles were given in any language except 'musical' I was sure I recognised many of the pieces but as l'homme dit 'I never forget a tune but I've no idea what its name is'.
One thing I spotted about Julien is that he was wearing a tie-pin, a feature I have noticed with a number of jazz musicians, and in my experience a sign of a musician who pays close attention to both musical and sartorial details. Certainly true in this case.

Then it was back out in the night and a chance to participate in the adventure known as a late night Paris taxi drive, not because of demonstrations, but due to a number of reckless road-crossing revellers who had no idea how close they were to a possible life-changing experience (and I don't mean musical) as we zoomed past.
JC

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