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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Holland: "Back then, one of my first gigs was with Wally Fawkes and Johnny Parker at the Crown and Anchor in Islington, playing music that went back to the days of King Oliver. And I've always enjoyed the joyousness of that music, and the sound of everybody fitting together beautifully, improvising together." - Jazzwise, August 2021.

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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

13,490 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 908 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (July 23).

From This Moment On

Wed 28: Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Assembly Rooms, 40 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3ET. 9:20pm. £8.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event (www.durhamfringe.co.uk).

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).

Friday, April 24, 2020

Streaming Rico 'n' Luca - April 24

If it's Friday it must be Rico Tomasso and it was! Enrico Tomasso was feeling mighty proud of himself having mastered the new-fangled live streaming lark...or so he thought! A great start, split screen, no less - to Rico's right (our left), an image of Italian pianist Luca Filastro with our host occupying the right hand side of the screen as we looked. 

Trumpeter - and occasional flugelhorn player - Rico dressed up a bit, citing St George's Day (yesterday, April 23) as reason to do so. More than giving him a run for his money in the sartorial stakes was young Luca, resplendent in suit, tie and 'kerchief (a photo taken at a concert hall gig somewhere way back when). Three numbers, the first Sweethearts on Parade didn't quite hit the parade ground as Luca's recorded piano part didn't kick-in, at least initially, with Rico exclaiming: Ah! Oh, dear! (expletives were held in check!). A momentary pause as Rico disappeared from view then reappeared, technical issues resolved. Luca played, and, liking what he heard, Rico picked up his trumpet and joined his guest from Italy. 

Muggles - 'just a blues' said  Rico, then, on reflection, our live stream host said many of the great jazz numbers were based upon the blues. And so, Rico and Luca played Louis Armstrong's late twenties' hit. Rico noted Facebook friends Keith Nichols and Michael McQuaid were watching along with the rest of us. Rico looked forward to the time they'd meet up and play a proper gig together.

A plus point of Rico Tomasso's live stream gigs is their brevity - half an hour and he's done. Tonight Rico signed off with the Armstrong-Bechet session circa 1940 when they played Down in Honky Town Town. Tune in tomorrow (Saturday) at seven o'clock for more Tomasso and Louis.     
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