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Bebop Spoken There

Maurice J. Summerfield: "Over dinner one night Barney [Kessel] told me about his seminar The Effective Guitarist, and in 1972 my company presented the first of twelve annual UK seminars in Newcastle upon Tyne." - (Just Jazz Guitar, September 1997)

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

15087 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 106 of them this year alone and, so far, 4 this month (Feb. 1).

From This Moment On ...

February

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Rivkala @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sun 05: Jive Aces @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 05: Dale Storr @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 05: Jam No.13 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students alike).

Mon 06: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 07: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums). Jam session reverts to a first & third Tuesday in the month schedule.

Wed 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 08: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Free. TBC.
Wed 08: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 08: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 08: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 09: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 4:00pm (this week only). Free.
Thu 09: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00.
Thu 09: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 10: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 10: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller's Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00.

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Charlie Parker Stole my Bank Holiday Weekend!

This is not a review, but merely a few recommended links to highlight some Charlie Parker music around what was his 100th Birthday celebrations.

On Thursday, August 27, at Ronnie Scott’s, Gilad Atzmon led a quartet accompanied by strings, as a tribute to CP on what would have been his 100th Birthday (2 days early!). Many of the tunes played come from the album Charlie Parker with Strings and is a superb rendition of these, plus a few more besides.  A great performance despite the lockdown conditions. Link (music starts at  1:40)

On August 29 there was a live stream from the Ravello Festival with a great outdoor performance by some Italian peeps (sorry no info, the announcements are all in Italian) – a very much larger set-up than Gilad’s quartet + string quartet, but again based around ‘CP with Strings’.  Link.
  
The music starts at 4:40  and the first set is based on Charlie Parker with Strings.  Post interval has the quintet playing jazz & blues etc. then back into Charlie Parker with Strings. Finally, what looks like two encores - Summertime and (after further speeches) the final closer.  Quite a variety and quite a setting!   As an aside, I holidayed close to Ravello in 2005 and would recommend checking out the daytime views of this performance area on the Ravello Festival site – the backdrop is spectacular.

And there’s more … thanks to a little Google browsing I randomly found two interesting links: Firstly the studio recordings of ‘CP with Strings’. Link (for those who don’t own an LP or CD of this recording). And secondly some live sessions (half of which were recorded from the dressing room speakers – be warned!). Link in which CP plays in a large ensemble with for example Roy Haynes/Max Roach etc. Whilst the audio quality is just ‘acceptable’ it really is an interesting listen. The track lengths vary from 3½ mins  to 40+ mins.  The sound balance is pro-Parker (and pro-Harp too!) but his playing comes through in spades despite the poor audio quality.

Overall, this collection of URLs makes for an extended listening session – but it doesn’t have to take up a whole weekend – sample them at leisure!
Ken Drew

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