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Bebop Spoken There

Jack Teagarden: "I never did like anything Ellington ever did. He never had a band all in tune, always had a bad tone quality and bad blend" - Metronome, April 1947.

Archive quotes.

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.

Postage

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

Fri 23: Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord @ Gala Theatre & Cinema, Durham. 1:00pm. Tickets: £6.00. + £2.00. bf. Tel: 03000 266 600.

Fri 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.

Fri 23: Helen Anahita Wilson & Shahbaz Hussain @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. SOLD OUT!

Fri 23 - Sun 25: The Globe Summer Festival @ The Globe, Newcastle. Multi-genre bill (jazz inc. Tenement Jazz Band, Nishla Smith). Various ticket options (live stream option available) see: www.jazz.coop.

Sat 24: Youth Ensembles present St Cuthbert Suite @ Sage Gateshead. 7:30pm. Composer Paul Edis conducts Folkestra, Jambone, Quay Voices & Young Sinfonia in a new arrangement of his St Cuthbert Suite. AVAILABLE ONLY AS A PRE-RECORDED STREAM ON YOUTUBE AT 7:30PM.

Sat 24: Simon O'Byrne & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 25: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 25: Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl Hotel, Newcastle. 3:30pm.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

J to Z: Bird at 100

The entire ninety minutes of today's edition of BBC Radio 3's J to Z were dedicated to Charlie Parker. The programme opened not with the usual welcome from its host but rather a recording of Bird at the Royal Roost. Lo-fi sound certainly, but no question that the music was of the highest standard. Presenter Julian Joseph did a great job in placing Bird in context: swing era Johnny Hodges and Benny Carter, generations later, post-Bird, the likes of Joe Henderson, Emily Remler and Jaco Pastorius, all inevitably influenced by one of the towering figures of the music.


Julian Joseph said of Bird's emergence onto the scene: It was as though an alien had landed. In a rare interview in the company of Paul Desmond, Parker talked about his 11 to 15 hours daily practice over a period of three or four years. Sheila Jordan spoke of her first hand experience of Parker. She is one of the few musicians still with us who knew Bird, counting him as a friend. 

Alan Barnes contributed the observation about Parker's clarion call on Parker's Mood...from nowhere Parker just pulled this thing out of the ether. Django Bates revealed the first music he heard was Parker's alto saxophone. Delfeayo Marsalis offered a brilliant analysis of Parker standing toe to toe with other jazz greats - Charlie Shavers, Johnny Hodges, Ben Webster, Oscar Peterson et al - on Funky Blues, suggesting that Parker's solo was his way of saying: I'm the real deal.  

J to Z can be heard again via the Beeb's website. On this day of Parker's birth exactly one hundred years ago there is no better listening. Bird Lives! 
Russell    

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