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Bebop Spoken There

Victor Wooten: "People don't expect to have bass players get together and sound like music and not just like a bunch of elephants" (JazzTimes April, 2022)

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! --

Postage

14226 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 445 of them this year alone and, so far, 45 this month (May 13).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Wed 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 18: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 18: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 18: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 19: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 19: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 19: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 19: 58 Jazz Collective @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. TBC.

Fri 20: Andrea Vicari Trio @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Vicari (piano), Andy Champion (double bass), Abbie Finn (drums).
Fri 20: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: Swing Bridge @ Garden House Coffee, Hallgate, Hexham. 4:05pm.
Fri 20: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 20: Customs House Big Band w Ruth Lambert @ Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm.
Fri 20: Andrea Vicari Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club. Vicari (piano), Andy Champion (double bass), Abbie Finn (drums).

Sat 21: Elkie Brooks @ Whitley Bay Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra @ The Hippodrome, Darlington. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 22 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 22: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 22: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 22: Abstract Orchestra plays J Dilla @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Sun 22: Panharmonia @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 23: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 25: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 25: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 25: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Mornington Lockett's Tribute to Peter King: Live stream from 606 Club, EFG London Jazz Festival - Nov. 14

Mornington Lockett (tenor sax); Henry Lowther (trumpet); Ross Stanley (piano); Geoff Gascoyne (bass); Mark Fletcher (drums).

An appropriate and heartfelt tribute to one of the greatest of British jazz musicians, the late Peter (Pete) King - saxophonist extraordinaire.

All five musicians had been associated with Peter over the years and it showed in their playing.

This was a hard-blowing session, the kind that Peter would have revelled in, with Mornington reminding us just what a fine player he is when it comes to putting the boot in although his gentler side showed on an intense interpretation of Old Folks, a number he recalled Peter recording with another Peter - the late Peter Jacobson (I've actually got that album on tape. Must dig it out.) The piece concluded with a cadenza that lasted about three days and had Mark and Geoff looking at each other and wondering if they had time to grab a coffee or a beer or both before it was over. A magnificent moment.

Henry too showed his sentimental side on My Funny Valentine. He seems to get better with age such a gorgeous tone. He also provided a piece he'd composed for Pete and himself back in the '80s - Poser's Paradise. Seemingly named after a now defunct jazz club in Reading.

Passion Dance, one of two McCoy Tyner tunes (the other was Blues on the Corner), ended up as a work out for Mark Fletcher who gave it the Elvin Jones treatment and then some!

Geoff Gascoyne soloed effectively on the ballads and Ross Stanley was every bit as good on piano as he was on organ at The Globe the other week with Nigel and Vasi.

Before closing with Victor Feldman's Joshua,  Mornington gave us a few interesting insights into Peter King's diverse interests. Those who hadn't read his autobiography Flying High probably wouldn't have known that he was also a poet, a world champion model aeroplane authority and the composer of an opera!

Truly a man of many parts and deserving of such a fine tribute as he received tonight.

Lance

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