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Donald Harrison: "Eddie [Henderson] can play the hardest music effortlessly; things people are afraid of he plays like it's nothing."- (DownBeat, January 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! --

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13862 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 81 of them this year alone and, so far, 81 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Fri 28: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: Ian Millar & Dominic Spencer @ Bishop Middleham Village Hall, Ferryhill. 8:00pm. £10.00.
Fri 28: Le Café Parisien @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Big Wild Winter Party. Triple bill inc. Andy Lawrenson's Le Café Parisien.
Fri 28: Struggle Buggy @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blues band.CANCELLED!

Sat 29: Lindsay Hannon & Martin Douglas @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Life Drawing & Live Music. Enrol at: www.cobaltstudios.co.uk.
.Sat 29: Anarchy Brew Co. 10 Year Birthday Beer Bash @ Anarchy Brew Co, Benfield, Newcastle. £6.00. All day event. Line-up inc. Washboard Resonators (5:00-6:30pm). Tickets: www.ticketweb.uk.

Sun 30 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 30: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 30: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 30: Hot Club du Nord @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 31: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

February 2022

Wed 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 02: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 02: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 02: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 02: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 03: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 03: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ LIVE Concerts at Home. 1:15pm. A Newcastle University online only event.
Thu 03: John Williamson Trio @ Durham University (Music Dept.). 7:30pm. £5.00.
Thu 03: Chris Farlowe w Norman Beaker Band + Teresa Watson Band @ Newcastle Labour Club. 7:30pm. An evening of rhythm & blues.
Thu 03: Knats @ Daniel Farm Shop & Tea Rooms, Wylam. 8:15pm. £18.00. (inc. food from 7:00pm). A Wylam Winter Tales Festival event. SOLD OUT!
Thu 03: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 03: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

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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