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Bebop Spoken There

Chick Corea: "Things feel good when there's a lot of music happening." - (DownBeat August 2005 (unpublished. Published posthumously April 2021 ).

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

13,107 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 526 of them this year alone and, so far, 81 this month (April 16).

Bar Manager Required

The Jazz Co-op are looking for an experienced bar manager who can be available to start when The Globe reopens in May.

Preference will be given to a suitably qualified person who lives relatively near to The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD.

Interested parties please follow this link.

Coming soon ...

April 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at The Holystone.

May 20 Maine Street Jazzmen are back at Sunniside Social Club.
May 23: Vieux Carré Hot Four are back at The Spanish City.

June 2: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club.
June 7: Jazz in the Afternoon are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club.

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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