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Faye McCalman: "For a while I would hear other artists and feel that I need to be like that person, have what they have; but then I realised that everyone has their own thing and what I connect with most is when I can tell an artist is just being themselves." - (Jazzwise July 2021)

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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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13,367 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 785 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (June 16).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Sat 19: Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Sun 20: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 20: Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: www.jazz.coop. SOLD OUT. Livestream available from £7.50.

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Thu 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside 1:00pm).

Thu 24: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 25: Hot Club du Nord @ St Mary's Parish Hall, Barnard Castle. 7:00pm. Tickets: £15.00. + bf. A Barnard Castle Rotary Club event.

Fri 25: Archipelago + Faith Brackenbury @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. & £8.00. Echoes to the Sky album launch. A GCT Jazz Club-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Fri 25 Alter Ego @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington (8:00pm). POSTPONED!

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Adrian Cox live streaming from Kansas Smitty's - Dec. 17


Adrian Cox (clarinet, vocals); Will Barry (piano); Ferg Ireland (double bass); Luca Caruso (drums).
(Screenshot courtesy of Ken Drew).

Night after night, Tuesday to Friday, Kansas Smitty's is the place to be, tier 3 virtual, if not in person. Tonight's session sprung from Adrian Cox's liking for Albert Nicholas. A late change in the line-up saw Luca Caruso coming off the subs' bench for the absent Dave Archer. Clarinetist Cox is a fine musician and an enthusiast into the bargain, his band mates doing him proud. 
Wolverine Blues, Cox seated, cross-legged, then not, appreciating the contributions of Messrs. Barry, Ireland and Caruso. Cox's first vocal on How Long Blues, taken at Big Joe Turner tempo, set the standard, simply superb. Cox remarked it was his first gig working with drummer Caruso. Cox asked how old he was, Caruso's off-mic reply was inaudible to the virtual audience. Cox exclaimed: Twenty one! adding: I'm nearly forty, crikey! When did that happen?!

I'm Coming Virginia, a memorable Buddy Bolden Blues (Cox hollerin' across the Mississippi), I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate (dedicated to Cox's sister called, you've guessed it), this is the kind of gig that is nothing short of electric in a club with an audience, beers going down. Next year, next year...

An occasional reference to the evening's subject, Albert Nicholas, helped join the dots, at least as far as Cox was concerned. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams could be thought of as a song for our ever-so-strange times, the quartet handling the material with ease. A hallmark of the Kansas Smitty's sessions is the ability of the combo (perm any number from an ever-increasing pool of musicians) to play whatever is put in front of it. Winin' Boy Blues was heard during Cox's Sunday Service in duo format with Will Barry and this evening they reprised Jelly Roll Morton's number as a quartet. To close, Lover Come Back to Me

More at eight tomorrow (Friday) with Alec Harper and Jalen N'Gonda playing Coltrane and Hartman. 
Russell     

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