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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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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.

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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, August 28, 2020

Bird and Benny

I got to thinking, you know, just thinkin' as one does about Charlie Parker. The man was such a genius I often wondered where he came from and where he would have gone if he'd lived.

I know he came from Kansas City (tell me who didn't know that! on a blues night anywhere in the world everyone is going to KC) but I've spent a lot of years wondering about where he came from musically.

Bird himself has always quoted fellow Kansas City musician Buster Smith  as his mentor and Buster, nicknamed The Professor, was undoubtedly a prime influence. Maybe Fess Williams too but whatever/whoever Buster Smith seems to have been the one. 


All these names are bandied around but, for me, the first time I heard Bird the name that crossed my lips was Benny Carter. Benny wasn't a bopper although he could help them out when they were busy just as Hawkins did. Carter's tone wasn't unalike Bird's. He had the fluency but without the bite but, nevertheless, he came close. In the years that followed there were few who didn't slavishly follow Bird. Benny Carter was one of them.

Benny, as history shows, achieved his own greatness, Apart from being a soloist, bandleader, he was also a great arranger, composer and I'm sure he inspired Bird more than any of the other alto greats such as Hodges and Willie Smith.

Incidentally, Carter also played trumpet and, although he was a fine player, I don't think he influenced Dizzy.

So let's remember Bird tomorrow with the reverence he deserves and no one deserves it more than he but, remember, a bird also needs a nest and maybe Benny Carter was the one who provided it ...
Lance

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