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Lakecia Benjamin: "From my early days with Clark Terry, he told me 'they see you before they hear you'... I'm just not from that school of thought where I'm gonna wear my jeans and T-shirt on stage and that's going to be respectable." - (Jazzwise, February 2023)

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

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

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.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Kansas Smitty's live stream - Moonlight in Vermont - Nov. 11

Alec Harper (tenor sax); Will Arnold-Forster (guitar); Will Cleasby (drums); Will Sach (bass).

Facebook and I are uneasy bedfellows, live streams rarely run smoothly for me even when they are working fine for others. I don't know the answers, suggestions on a 20 dollar bill please.

Tonight - a tribute to the Johnny Smith/Stan Getz collaboration from the early 1950s - was quite bizarre. When the picture froze the music was fine, even superb, however, when the picture unfroze the music froze for a beat every four bars so it was as if they were suddenly slotting in a bar of 5/4!

Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable session bringing back memories of hearing the original Smith/Getz version of Moonlight in Vermont on a Vogue 78 (which I still have). Melody Maker actually printed a transcription at the time.

I'm not going to say they outshone the originals, who could? but they did have a good crack at it, wisely choosing to plough their own furrow whilst retaining the spirit of the original.

Cleasby was heavily featured which, although sometimes at a variance with the ultra cool setting, made us realise he was a force to be reckoned with. Arnold-Forster spoke authoritatively about Johnny Smith and proved adept at using Smith's unique voicings. Harper came close to the Getz sound at times as well as moving forward to a more contemporary vein as indeed Getz himself did in his later years. Sach was dependable and occupied the Eddie Safranski role to perfection - his solos totally sympathetic to the music.

So, another fine session from Smitty's, Facebook not withstanding!

They're back again tomorrow with another line-up - is it Giuffre or is that Friday?

Lance.

Where or When; Jaguar; Moonlight in Vermont; Cherokee; I'll be Around; Nice Work if You Can Get it. 

I didn't catch the title of the opener but I suspect it may have been Tabu. The penultimate track doesn't seem to be on the album. Was it Coltrane's Village Blues?

2 comments :

Russell said...

Tomorrow (Thursday) is a Django session (watch out for the amazing Kourosh Kanani). The Giuffre 3 gig is on Saturday.

Russell said...

The penultimate number (the one Alec Harper sat out) was Vilia.

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