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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!"

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15080 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 99 of them this year alone and, so far, 99 this month (Jan. 30).

From This Moment On ...

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. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewwitt (alto sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Dilutey Juice @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Smoove & Turrell @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £25.00.
Fri 03: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibiton Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blind Pig Blues Club.

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.

Sunday, October 04, 2020

Adrian Cox's Sunday Service: The Music of Omer Simeon - Oct. 4

Adrian Cox (clarinet, vocals); Simon Picton (banjo, guitar)

Live streaming once again from Toulouse Lautrec, this week in the company of Simon Picton, Adrian Cox chose as his subject the great Omer Simeon. The focus upon Simeon's Clarinet à la Creole album, our duo played the music largely in track order with the occasional departure alongside one number not on the vinyl recording - an album Cox is hoping to acquire, if someone is prepared to sell!

A twelve-bar streak ran through this afternoon's set with Picton playing either unamplified banjo or guitar as Cox projected into Toulouse Lautrec's empty room, both clarinet and vocals. Grande Boubousse opened the show (a lá Simeon's album) with Picton on banjo. Seemingly Cox was live streaming using little more than his phone. If it's this easy, once the pandemic is over expect any number of musicians/venues to charge admission on the door and accrue additional income from a worldwide online, paying audience.   

Qua-ti Rhythm (Picton, guitar), Lagniappe (Picton, banjo), our relaxed duo respected Simeon's succession of mid-tempo numbers with, perhaps, today's set-closer - and Simeon's album closing number - promising an uptempo finish. A first vocal of the afternoon heard Cox singing St James' Infirmary Blues (Picton, guitar). Not only is Cox a brilliant clarinetist, the man sings the material as well as, if not better, than anyone. 

Lorenzo's Dream isn't on the album, however, Cox fancied playing it. Simeon wrote the number by way of tribute to his clarinet teacher, Lorenzo Tio Jr. In New Orleans back in the day the Tios, Sr. and Jr. were the go-to clarinet teachers. The lineage is there, continuing to this day, Adrian Cox being a prime example. Thus far Cox and Picton had omitted Qua-ti Blues (the third track on Simeon's recording). Time to play it with Picton once again on guitar. Frankie and Johnny presented Cox with another opportunity to sing a number to an imagined audience before him. Of course there was an audience, topping three figures, out there in the weird, wonderful (?), virtual world. 

Time to go. Aunt Hagar's Blues followed by the outer (as predicted, an uptempo selection), Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home? It had been another terrific Sunday Service. Next week Adrian Cox won't be in the pulpit as he has other commitments, however, the following week (October 18) he'll be back, alongside pianist Joe Webb. Put it in the diary, two weeks today at one o'clock.
Russell

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