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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.
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Postage

13,806 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1223 of them this year alone and, so far, 50 this month (Oct. 13).

From This Moment On ...

October

Fri 15: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 15: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm..
Fri 15: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 15: House of the Black Gardenia @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 16: Women Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor Julija Jacenaite: Improvarium..
Sat 16: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ St Mary's Church, Monkseaton. 7:30pm..
Sat 16: Triptych @ Sage Gateshead. 7:45pm. Trio with live visuals by Lisa Delarny. .
Sat 16: Rendezvous Jazz @ Memorial Hall, Ponteland. 8:00pm. Guest Ian Wynne (piano)..

Sun 17: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 17: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club. 1:00pm.
Sun 17: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Unitarian Church, Newcastle. 1:30pm.
Sun 17: Vula Viel @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 18: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 20: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 20: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 20: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 8:00pm.

Thu 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 21: Alter Ego @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle 7:30pm.
Thu 21: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 21: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 22: Mick Shoulder Quartet @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Quartet featuring Alex Clarke (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist).
Fri 22: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Traveller's Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 22: Michael Feinstein @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 22: Peter Morgan Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Album review: Jeff Ellwood - The Sounds Around the House

Jeff Ellwood (tenor sax); Alan Pasqua (piano); Derek Oles (bass); Joe LaBarbera (drums) + Bob Sheppard (tenor sax on 1 tk.).

I first encountered Ellwood on an album by the Jeff Benedict Big Band back in 2015. On that occasion I singled out his tenor solo on Caravan. Since then his name has cropped up in DownBeat in an assortment of settings but this, I was surprised to learn, was his first recording as a leader.

There is a time in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. So wrote Billy Shakespeare and Jeff Ellwood has decided that this is the time and done just that. Whether it leads on to fortune for Jeff is another matter but we listeners are certainly fortunate in being able to hear such a present day master in the traditional horn + Rhythm section although this is no throwback but very much for the present without losing those essential values that make good jazz accessible.

There's only one standard, a little known Alec Wilder/Johnny Mercer tune - The Sounds Around the House. First recorded in 1976 by Dick Haymes, who knows how to sing a ballad, it's the ideal number for Ellwood who knows how to play a ballad.

The other tracks are by Ellwood, Pasqua, Oles and contemporary writers such as Dick Oatts and Ricky Margitza.

On Oatts' King Henry Ellwood is joined by fellow reedsman Bob Sheppard and the two tenors blend well albeit going a little crazy at one point.

Pasqua, like Oles is an A-lister on the California scene whilst Joe LaBarbera has played with just about everybody from Woody Herman to Bill Evans via Art Pepper, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney and Bob Brookmeyer to name but some. He played in a band with his brothers John and Pat - yet another American musical dynasty!

A great album for those who like their jazz to be relatively straight ahead!

Lance

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