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Bebop Spoken There

George "Big Nick" Nicholas: "This band [George Adams-Don Pullen Quartet] is a bitch on roller skates, baby. They'll run you over if you ain't ready" (JazzTimes April, 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! --

Postage

14250 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 469 of them this year alone and, so far, 69 this month (May 19).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Sun 22 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 22: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 22: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 22: Abstract Orchestra plays J Dilla @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle. 7:30pm. CANCELLED!
Sun 22: Panharmonia @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 23: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 25: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 25: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 25: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 26: Deep Pope + Garner & Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.00.
Thu 26: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 26: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 26: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 27: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Fergus McCreadie Trio @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.

Sat 28: Jack Logan & the Swing Section @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Live Stream @ Ronnie's: Kansas Smitty's - July 20

Giacomo Smith (alto sax); Alec Harper (tenor sax); Joe Webb (piano); Ferg Ireland (double bass); Will Cleasby (drums)

Kansas Smitty's is a band, Kansas Smitty's is a venue. Last night at Ronnie Scott's, Kansas Smitty's the band live streamed to more than 700 YouTube/Facebook listeners/viewers. Led by Giacomo Smith with a new album to promote, the band's tour schedule was scuppered by the ongoing pandemic so the opportunity to connect with fans worldwide from a world famous venue, albeit online, couldn't have come at a better time.

Alto saxophonist Smith did the talking, the band did the playing and it was the bandleader himself who laid down a marker on the opening number, Charles Mingus' Jump Monk. Other members of the quintet followed in his scorched earth, post bop footsteps. It had been a scintillating start. 

Cuts from the new album - Things Happened Here - featured prominently and long-time fans couldn't have failed to note the change in direction. From the swing era to bop and beyond is, for some, quite a leap. A run of original material - Dreamlane, tenor saxophonist Alec Harper's Pavane (a working title), Fugue State - showcased the talents within the band as composers and instrumentalists. Harper holds his own on the NYC scene, pianist Joe Webb knocks 'em dead with Adrian Cox, Ferg Ireland is an in-demand bassist (Ashley Henry) and drummer Will Cleasby (Judi Jackson, Mark Kavuma) possesses impossibly good chops. 

The horns departed the stage to allow the rhythm section to strech out on I Cover the Waterfront and the band further reduced to one lone performer with pianist Joe Webb playing a stunning version of Ellington's Reflections in D. As the live stream ran over time Giacomo Smith thanked Ronnie's management and the 700 plus viewers and closed the show with all guns blazing on SunnylandRussell               

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