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Bebop Spoken There

Ambrose Akinmusire: “ I am certainly always aware of what the masses are doing. And when I see too many people going one way, I'm going another way - even when I don't know what's over that way". DownBeat, March, 2024.

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!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

Postage

16233 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Feb. 23).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024

Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ The Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man + Lee Maddison @ Laurels, Whitley Bay. 4:00pm (3:30pm doors). £11.00., £8.80. inc. bf. SOLD OUT!
Sun 25: Bex Burch + Rachel Musson @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £11.00. Two solo performances. JNE.
Sun 25: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 27: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm (7:00pm doors). £12.00., £10.00. (adv.).

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 29: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Olly Styles (saxophone).
Thu 29: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Josh Bentham (alto sax); Graham Thompson (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

March
Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Wind Ensemble + Big Band + Jazz Combo + R&B Band @ Boiler House, Newcastle University. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 01: Joseph Carville Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 01-Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. From 8:00pm Friday. Weekend ticket: £20.00.
Fri 01: TBC @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blind Pig Blues Club.
Fri 01: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. £10.00. Day 1/3. Musicians Unlimited + Festival Band.

Sat 02: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. 11:00am. £15.00.. Day 2/3. Senior bands in competition.
Sat 02: Frog & Henry @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.£10.00. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club. Superb Anglo-American band!
Sat 02: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: TBC. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 02: Durham University Big Band @ Durham Students' Union, New Elvet, Durham. 7:30pm. £8.00.
Sat 02: Tom Remon & Laurence Harrison @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sat 02: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00. The band’s 25th anniversary gig!
Sat 02: John Logan @ The Dyvels, Corbridge. 8:00pm. Rat Pack-style swing.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Adrian Cox's Sunday Service - June 21

The summer solstice encouraged a large online congregation (140+ parishioners) to join Adrian Cox's one o'clock Sunday Service as our man set about playing clarinet and singing a few numbers with the emphasis this week on Sidney Bechet.  

The Sheik of Araby for openers, a good, solid start. The Charismatic Blues with a brilliant double time section generated by Cox's internal rhythm section with a convincing vocal to boot - excellent! Another vocal number with a long title - If I Let You Get Away With This Once You'll Do It All The Time  - followed by an instrumental with a short title - Black Stick, the latter a request by Pete Lay with Cox saying: This one's for you, Pete which met with an instant online response from Ley: Thanks Adie!! As distant as we are in these strange times, this sort of banter is as close as we can get to the immediacy of a live gig.    


Throughout today's Sunday Service Cox frequently acknowledged the help of friends who supplied useful snippets of information - Pete Lay, Alyn Shipton and others - and it's likely that the nugget detailing a 1938 BBC New York session came his way from one of these sources. The tune? China Boy. A parishioner suggested www.sidneybechet.org as a useful resource...

A Bechet duet with Albert Nicholas - Blame it on the Blues - reminded Cox of Graham Collier's version and his own take on the number when he worked with Richard Bennett. Cox remarked that the Bechet-Nicholas recording featured Art Hodes and Pops Foster. From one blues to another, Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me (at least by way of the title), heard Cox singing once again, this time with an off-screen, metronomic finger snap. 

Cox recounted a marvellous story about the time he met Bob Wilbur. Our man spoke of having a nice lunch with Wilbur, asking numerous questions and listening to Wilbur's many 'I was there' stories including first meeting Bechet in NYC as a teenager, taking lessons from the legendary musician and being invited to sit in on Bechet's fifth - yes, fifth! - set of the evening at Jimmy Ryan's. 

Clarinet, vocals and anecdotes, Cox really does put on a show. A Bechet-Wilbur number - Broken Windmill - prompted a memory...Cox used to play it with Dom Pipkin which, in turn, led to a plug for others' live stream gigs. Watch out for TJ Johnson and Brandon Allen in the coming week. Today's final number - Buddy Bolden Stomp - closed an instructive, not to mention, highly entertaining sermon. Cox hopes to be in the pulpit again next Sunday (June 28), it all depends on the outcome of his liquorice stick's scheduled appointment with the clarinet doctor.   
Russell   

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