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Bebop Spoken There

John McDonough (reviewing Bright Red Dog’s In Vivo): “When you improvise on nothing, that’s what you get”. - DownBeat August 2021

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.

Postage

13,508 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 926 of them this year alone and, so far, 90 this month (July 27).

From This Moment On

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Sat 31: Lindsay Hannon @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Lindsay previews new, original material.

Sat 31: jakTar + Johnny Richards @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion.

August

Sun 01: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 01: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Leeds College of Music graduate guitarist (Masters, Jazz Performance & Composition).

Monday, April 20, 2020

R.I.P Henry Grimes (1936 - 2020)

The virus knows no sense of responsibility, like a terrorist with a knife or a shooter or a stolen car, it strikes indiscriminately. A nurse, a carer, a doctor or any person doing their job - anyone.

Over the past few weeks many jazz musicians have succumbed - Henry Grimes being the latest.

Grimes worked with Thelonius Monk, Charles Mingus, Cecil Taylor, Gerry Mulligan, Albert Ayler, McCoy TynerLee Konitz, Sonny Rollins and Pharoah Sanders, among others.


I only saw him the once at a concert in Gateshead Town Hall promoted by JNE. He was with The Profound Sound Trio - Andrew Cyrille (drums) and Paul Dunmall (tenor/sop/bagpipes). 

This was in 2009 and, although the concert was given a standing ovation, it was slightly beyond my ken at the time - probably still would be. However, Henry Grimes' bass playing was absolutely top draw even if I didn't quite click with his violin playing.

But, my thoughts are irrelevant, the man is acknowledged as an all time great and, when I (and probably the rest of the jazz world) received this Christmas card in 2009, bearing in mind that BSH was still swimming in the shallow end, I was emotionally moved.

Henry Grimes died on April 18, he was 84.
Lance,


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