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Bebop Spoken There

Raymond Chandler: “ I was walking the floor and listening to Khatchaturian working in a tractor factory. He called it a violin concerto. I called it a loose fan belt and the hell with it ". The Long Goodbye, Penguin 1959.

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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".

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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!"

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

16350 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 230 of them this year alone and, so far, 27 this month (April 11).

From This Moment On ...

April

Fri 12: Pete Tanton’s Chet Set @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 12: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 12: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 12: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 12: Katrina Miller Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sat 13: Giles Strong Quartet @ Claypath Deli, Durham. 7:00-9:00pm. £10.00.
Sat 13: Phantom Bagman + Forgetmenots @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:30pm.£5.00. + bf. Upstairs.
Sat 13: Rockin’ Turner Brothers @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Downstairs.

Sun 14: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: Alan Law, Jude Murphy & Tim Johnston @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 14: JazzMain @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 15: Dave Newton @ Yamaha Music School, Seaforth St., Blyth NE24 1AY. 1:00 - 1:45pm. £8.00. + bf. Newton, solo piano.
Mon 15: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 15: Hideout @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.50 + £1.33 bf. Feat. Sleep Suppressor + Flat Moon.
Mon 15: Russ Morgan Quartet @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. £8.00.

Tue 16: The Horne Section’s Hit Show @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.
Tue 16: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Bradley Johnston, Paul Grainger, Bailey Rudd.

Wed 17: Bailey Rudd (Minor Recital) @ The Music Studios, Haymarket Lane, Newcastle University. 11:40am. Bailey Rudd (drums). Open to the public.
Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: The Horne Section’s Hit Show @ The Gala, Durham. 7:30pm. SOLD OUT!
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 18: NONUNONU @ Elder Beer Café, Chillingham Road, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 18: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm). £8.00. + bf. Support act TBC.
Thu 18: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band night with Just Friends: Ian Bosworth (guitar); Donna Hewitt (sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums).

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

JATP @ Newcastle 1958 - 1962

I was weaned on Norman Granz's jazz circus - Jazz At The Philharmonic - JATP. It was a while before I discovered what the initials stood for! I knew the records before I'd even heard them. I'd read about then in Dave Carey and Albert J. McCarthy's Jazz Directory (Volume 5. J - Kirk) and drooled over the titles and the personnel.


Perdido, Mordido, Endido. The Drum Battle, The Trumpet Battle and so many more enigmatic titles spread over several sides of 78rpm discs that, although not readily available in this country, stoked my unrequited desire to hear them. However, the American Forces Network (AFN) frequently played them and I wallowed in the excitement generated by Illinois Jacquet and Flip Phillips slugging it out on tenor, Charlie Shavers and Howard McGhee reaching for the moon on trumpet, Nat Cole and Les Paul doing some amazing things with a Blues, long before they became pop superstars, this was what many, with the benefit of hindsight, saw as one of the precursors to rock & roll.

The ongoing dispute between the British and American unions prevented jazz fans in the UK getting in on the action although, in 1953, JATP did play a couple of charity concerts at the Gaumont State Cinema in Kilburn, London. I lived on Tyneside so there was no way a schoolboy was going to be allowed to go unchaperoned to London for a jazz concert. A trip to Sunderland to see Durham play the West Indies was considered to be fraught with danger! Although, unlike the Durham cricketers, I won that one!

Fast forward to 1955. Newcastle City Hall. Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson. This was the best concert I'd ever attended up to then and, all these years later, it remains pretty high on the list. But, it still wasn't JATP even though Norman Granz was the promoter. That came about 3 years later in May 1958.

Apart from Ella and Oscar, on paper it had the look of a championship fight night at Madison Square Gardens!

Trumpets: Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge. Saxes: Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Sonny Stitt. This was going to be a battle royal wasn't it just?

No, it wasn't. The horns played separate sets with the rhythm section. All great stuff but not the JATP I'd expected.

The following year it was Gene Krupa with Eddie Wasserman on tenor (who? I hear you ask), Sonny Stitt and Roy Eldridge stayed on as, of course did Ella and Oscar who, by now, were Granz's pet poodles.

In 1960, Oscar was replaced by Paul Smith but, of course, Ella was still there. I note from my programme notes that she sang Mack the Knife and didn't forget the words but sang it not unlike her famous 1963 recording where she, supposedly, did forget the words. The Jimmy Giuffre Trio, with Jim Hall on guitar and Bob Brookmeyer on valve trombone were there, as was Eldridge but, for me, the highlight was   Shelly Manne and his Men which included Joe Gordon on trumpet and Richie Kamuca on tenor.

1961 and there was no interaction at all just the quintets of John Coltrane and Dizzy Gillespie which I have referred to in previous posts.

1962 was, I think, their final visit to Newcastle as JATP. Hawkins and Eldridge with the Tommy Flanagan Trio, and the Paul Smith Trio backing Ella.

The touring continued in Europe off and on until 1983.

There had been some great moments and some dire moments but, sadly none of the pier six brawls that characterised the early concerts.
Lance

1958:

  • The Dill Jones Trio w. Dave Shepherd.
  • Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Sonny Stitt, Lou Levy, Herb Ellis, Max Bennett, Gus Johnson.
  • Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Levy, Ray Brown, Johnson.
  • Oscar Peterson Trio w. Brown, Ellis.
  • Ella Fitzgerald.

1959

  • Oscar Peterson Trio w. Brown, Ed Thigpen.
  • Sonny Stitt w. Levy, Brown, Thigpen.
  • Gene Krupa Quartet w. Eddie Wasserman, Ronnie Ball, Jim Gannon.
  • Ella Fitzgerald w. Levy, Ellis, Wilfred Middlebrooks, Johnson, Eldridge.

1960

  • Jimmy Giuffre Trio w. Bob Brookmeyer, Jim Hall.
  • Roy Eldridge w. Paul Smith Quartet.
  • Paul Smith Quartet w. Middlebrooks, Ellis, Johnson.
  • Ella Fitzgerald w. Paul Smith Quartet.
  • Shelly Manne & his Men w. Richie Kamuc
  • a, Joe Gordon, Russ Freeman, Middlebrooks.

1961

  • John Coltrane Quintet w. Eric Dolphy, McCoy Tyner, Reggie Workman, Elvin Jones.
  • Dizzy Gillespie Quintet w. Leo Wright, Lalo Schifrin, Robert Cunningham, Mel Lewis.

1962

  • Coleman Hawkins-Roy Eldridge w. Tommy Flanagan, Major Holley, Edward Locke.
  • Paul Smith Trio w. Middlebrooks, Stan Levey.
  • Ella Fitzgerald w. Paul Smith Trio.

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