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Farewell Blues

R.I.P. HRH Queen Elizabeth ll (1926 - Sept. 8, 2022).
R.I.P. Trevor Tomkins (1941 - Sept. 9, 2022).
R.I.P. Gordon McGregor (Sept. 11, 2022).
R.I.P. Ramsey Lewis (1935 - Sept. 12, 2022).
R.I.P. Pharoah Sanders (Oct. 13, 1940 - Sept. 24, 2022).
R.I.P. Sue Mingus (April 2, 1930 - Sept. 24, 2022).

Bebop Spoken There

Larry Klein: "- in a certain way - Leonard [Cohen] is the greatest songwriter ever." - (Jazzwise October 2022)

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!"

Postage

14602 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 880 of them this year alone and, so far, 80 this month (Sept. 26).

From This Moment On ...

September

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 26: Lewis Watson Quartet @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Tue 27: Beth Clarke @ British Legion Club, West Jesmond, Newcastle. 1:00-4:00pm. Free.
Tue 27: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).
Tue 27: Black is the Color of My Voice @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. One woman stage play (the life & times of Nina Simone).

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 28: Battle of the Bands @ NE Volume Music Bar, Yarm Lane, Stockton. Doors 6:00pm. Tickets: £5.00. adv., £6.00. on the door. Participants inc. Milne Glendinning Band.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 28: Black is the Color of My Voice @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. One woman stage play (the life & times of Nina Simone).
Wed 28: Laura Jurd @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 29: Ushaw Ensemble @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 1:10pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 29: Czajka & Puchaz + Mark Solborg + Anthropology @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Thu 29: ‘58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: La Sonora Boreal’s Latin Jam Session @ The Globe, Newcastle (7:45pm). Free (donations). Latin jazz performance & jam session.
Thu 29: Peter Morgan Trio @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 30: Adam Johnson @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 30: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 30: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 30: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 30: Pete Churchill & Noel Dennis: Exploring the Jazz Metaphor in Leadership & Management @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 2:30-4:00pm. Workshop.Tickets: £3.30 (inc. bf). A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 30: FILM: Bird (Dir. Clint Eastwood) + Swing Bridge (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 6:30pm.
Fri 30: Orphy Robinson + Maniscalco-Bigoni-Solborg + Nicole Mitchell + Binker Golding-Alexander Hawkins-John Pope-Paul Hession @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle (7:00pm). A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 30: Ushaw Ensemble @ St Mary’s Church, Holy Island. 7:30pm.
Fri 30: Alter Ego @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Fri 30: King Bee @ The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Independent, Sunderland. 9:00pm. £22.50. DJs + King Bee.

October

Sat 01: Dale Storr @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 01: Nicole Mitchell & Alexander Hawkins @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sat 01: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Pete Churchill. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 01: Orphy Robinson (in conversation); Beck Hunters w John Pope & Laura Cole; Daniel Levin; Black Top w Mariam Rezaei @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 6:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sat 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm.
Sat 01: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 9:00-9:45pm. A Great Market Caper multi-bill event. Superb Chicago blues band. Doors: 6:30pm. Tickets: £10.00. + bf.

Sun 02 RUTH LAMBERT TRIO @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 02: Helena Anahita Wilson @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sun 02: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 02: Zoë Gilby Trio w Noel Dennis + John Garner & John Pope + Dilutey Juice @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. £7.00.
Sun 02: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 02: Lindsay Hannon's 'Tom Waits for No Man' @ Three Tanners Bank, North Shields. 6:00pm. Free.
Sun 02: Celebrating the Life & Music of Pharoah Sanders @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £8.00. on the door. Feat. Sue Ferris, Paul Gowland, Tom Atkinson, Jude Murphy, Jeff Armstrong.
Sun 02: Shifa + Bex Burch & Leafcutter John + Farida Amadou @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.

Mon 03: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

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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