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Bebop Spoken There

John McDonough (reviewing Bright Red Dog’s In Vivo): “When you improvise on nothing, that’s what you get”. - DownBeat August 2021

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

13,508 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 926 of them this year alone and, so far, 90 this month (July 27).

From This Moment On

Wed 28: Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Assembly Rooms, 40 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3ET. 9:20pm. £8.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event (www.durhamfringe.co.uk).

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

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

Sat 31: Lindsay Hannon @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Lindsay previews new, original material.

Sat 31: jaktar + Johnny Richards @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion.

August

Sun 01: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 01: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Leeds College of Music graduate guitarist (Masters, Jazz Performance & Composition).

Saturday, September 05, 2020

King Bees @ Prohibition Bar - September 4

Michael Littlefield (guitar, vocals); Scott Taylor (harmonica, vocals); Dominic Hornsby (piano, vocals) 

Six months! We hadn't heard these guys in six long months. King Bees hold down a residency here at Prohibition Bar and with the easing of lockdown restrictions it was time to get the best blues band in town back on stage. Social distancing guidelines determined only three fifths of the band could appear in semi-acoustic form. Audience numbers are currently limited to seventeen people, all seated, no standing at the bar. Seats bagged, a first bottle of Prohibition Bar's Pale Ale ordered (a good few more would follow), the boys would take to the stage in about ninety minutes.

Imagine you're in Chicago, c 1953. Little Walter, Big Walter Horton, Big Bill, Muddy, Jimmy Reed...King Bees. Yes, Tyneside's finest could/would have taken their place alongside the greats of the time and here they were in these Covid-19 times, 2020. Michael Littlefield and Scott Taylor seated behind a perspex screen, Dominic Hornsby let loose at the upright, these guys are the real deal! JukeThat's AlrightSit Down, Baby, the opening three numbers performed with panache, swagger and verve. Close your eyes, you're on the South Side, Chicago circa '53.

Littlefield, guitar, Taylor, harmonica, play the blues as you imagine it would have been in some two-bit juke joint down the turnpike. Spine-tingling vocals, killer harp, and then there's Hornsby rattling Prohibition Bar's upright. Oh, to hear a real piano being given the treatment, this is why we go down the Pink Lane turnpike! 

Jimmy Rogers (Walking by Myself), Sonny Boy (Keep it to Yourself), Jimmy Reed (You Got Me Dizzy), Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Otis Rush, James Cotton, Littlefield, Taylor, Hornsby...It was gettin' late. Harmonica ace Taylor said it was time for some real blues. Ain't it great when one of the musicians calls for some serious playing?! Taylor, a la George 'Harmonica' Smith, pleaded down the line, Telephone Blues. Yes, it was gettin' late, about a quarter to twelve (as Little Walter told us all about). The boys like their blues, they like their beer, we were headin' into the early hours when the 'management' politely reminded the house that the entertainment should cease by midnight. It had been six long months. Had it been worth the wait? You bet! Next time be sure to check 'em out. King Bees are the business!  
Russell    

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