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Rickie Lee Jones: "There's lots of music and not so much celebrity. I guess I'll stay here [New Orleans] for a while if it doesn't get washed away in the flood." - (The Observer 18.04.21)

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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.

Monday, August 03, 2020

Recreating the Jazz Couriers - Livestream. August 3

Simon Spillett/Pete Long (tenor sax); James Pearson (piano); Tim Thornton (bass); Ed Richardson (drums).

This looked to be the best stream so far in a year that has seen music transcending time zones and delivering live sessions that may never be heard again. Imagine John Hammond, back in the 1930's, listening on his car radio to a remote broadcast from a club in Kansas City by the fledgling Basie Band. The reception wouldn't have been good but good enough for Hammond to recognise what he was hearing.

Tonight, I was listening to the above musicians paying tribute to The Jazz Couriers and they blew up a storm at Ronnie's just as the originals did in the old days back at the Flamingo Club.

I felt like Hammond must have felt listening to the Basie Band and, without the atmospherics!

True the atmospherics were gone but not, alas, the vagaries of Facebook! Although it was relatively well behaved, it was far from perfect, stopping and starting at the most inopportune moments.

But, with the patience of Job, I hung on in for what was a cracking session.

The two tenors were brilliant. I've always related Pete Long to
the clarinet but his tenor playing appeared to have turned Simon's hair grey!

It didn't matter, the two were well matched and when it came to standing toe to toe no quarter was asked nor given.

Yes, the Jazz Couriers rode again even if it was only for one night. James Pearson, Thornton and Richardson were the perfect rhythm section and together the storm was well and truly blown up.
Lance

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