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Lakecia Benjamin: "From my early days with Clark Terry, he told me 'they see you before they hear you'... I'm just not from that school of thought where I'm gonna wear my jeans and T-shirt on stage and that's going to be respectable." - (Jazzwise, February 2023)

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

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Mark Toomey Quartet live streaming from St Peter's Church, Stockton - Charlie Parker 100 Day (August 29)

Mark Toomey (alto sax); Jeremy McMurray (piano); Peter Ayton (double bass); Paul Smith (drums)

Alto saxophonist and Charlie Parker disciple Mark Toomey decided to plunge into the hitherto mysterious world of live streaming to capture for posterity his quartet's concert commemorating, exactly one hundred years to the day, the birth of Charlie Parker. Teesside based Toomey made no bones about it, live streaming on Facebook - and possibly YouTube - would be a new challenge...

Ornithology opened the set with a further five numbers to follow. The interior of St Peter's Church on Yarm Road looked rather grand. Mark's concert had been long in the planning with a string section booked to augment the regular quartet line-up. Needless to say, the pandemic put paid to that idea. Ornithology in front of an audience in such a setting on this historic day would have met with tumultuous applause. Mark consoled himself, remarking: Good. I enjoyed that

An echoing, cavernous space doesn't do any favours on a gig like this, but, the occasion was all important. Your reviewer met with constant buffering, perhaps others fared better. If there was one online event worth sticking with, however disruptive the cyber world gremlins, this was it. Mark didn't grandstand, he let the timeless numbers speak for themselves and his band mates were very much part of the show. Pianist Jeremy McMurray was his usual ebullient self, the unmistakeable drumming of Paul Smith reverberated across the pews and over the ether with a socially distanced Peter Ayton, bass, to his left. 

East of the Sun, then a 'slow blues', said Mark (Parker's Mood), the infectious ('accessible', said Mark) Little Suede Shoes would have had them dancing in the aisles, perhaps they were dancing at home. As he introduced If I Should Lose You Mark lamented the absence of strings. In these strange times Parker without strings was perfectly understandable. And to close, A Night in Tunisia. As the saying goes...BIRD LIVES!
Russell

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