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Bebop Spoken There

Charles McPherson: “Jazz is best heard in intimate places”. (DownBeat, July, 2024).

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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.

Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

Postage

16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...

July

Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 17: John Pope & John Garner + Nisha Ramayya @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £15.00. (£12.00. adv.). A Gem Arts Masala Festival event.

Thu 18 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle NE1 7BJ. 2:30pm. £4.00.
Thu 18: Theo Croker @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Brad Linde’s Continentals @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Eva Fox & the Jazz Guys @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 18: Ray Stubbs R&B All Stars @ The Mill Tavern, Hebburn. 8:00pm. Rhythm & blues.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Darlington Big Band.

Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 19: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Nomade Swing Trio @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. £10.00. Tickets from Tully’s of Rothbury or at the door (cash only). A Coquetdale Jazz event.

Friday, November 13, 2020

Kansas Smitty's play Django - Nov. 12

Giacomo Smith (clarinet); Kourosh Kanani (guitar); Harry Diplock (guitar); Ferg Ireland (double bass).

(Photos courtesy of Ken Drew). 

Kansas Smitty's is live streaming gigs five nights a week from its north London base. Free to access with the option to make a contribution if so desired, the one constant is the sheer quality of performance. Giacomo Smith is invariably involved as he was on this session devoted to Django Reinhardt. Two guitars, bass and clarinet - Allez! Allez!
The all-seated, socially distanced quartet (bassist Ferg Ireland perched on a high stool) performed as if in a Parisian cellar club, pulling up a chair, more or less 'in the round'. BSH knew of Kourosh Kanani's astonishing talent, whereas fellow guitarist Harry Diplock had gone under the radar...until now! Django made it look easy, likewise Kourosh and Harry, both of them members of the London Django Collective. Clarinetist Giacomo made the introductions and when he wasn't dazzling with his liquorice stick he sat listening, no doubt appreciative of two great guitarists. 

Giacomo, suited and booted yet suitably casual, pointed to the set list, tonight's concert would focus upon some lesser known numbers associated with Django. Fleche D'orBrazil - Harry taking the kead, Kourosh supplying the rhythm. A nod, a smile, the boys were in their element. Bassist Ferg Ireland works across the spectrum, more contemporary material is well within his compass, yet here he was, playing the classic anchor roll, although when let off the leash - notably on the set closing It's Just One of Those Things - his enviable technique shone through. 

For once Kansas Smitty's camera crew didn't quite get it right. As Harry and Kourosh were in full flight there were few close ups showing their masterful playing. Nevertheless, the music was great, Si Tu Savais a highlight, then, at last, Kourosh leading on Viper's Dream. Très bien!     
Russell.

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