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Charlotte Keeffe: "I don't know what I'm going to play any more than you [the audience] do." - (Jazz North East/Jazz Co-op gig June 13, 2021)

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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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13,359 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 777 of them this year alone and, so far, 51 this month (June 13).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Wed 16: Washboard Resonators @ Punchbowl Hotel, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm). SOLD OUT!

Thu 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside (1:00pm).

Thu 17: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 18: Jazz Jamaica @ Sage Gateshead (8:00pm).

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

Sun 20 Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: www.jazz.coop.

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

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

Sunday, December 06, 2020

Fergus McCreadie Trio live streaming from the Jazz Capital of the Globe - Dec. 6

Fergus McCreadie (piano); David Bowden (bass); Steve Henderson (drums).

(Photo by Debra Milne)

Such is the nature of jazz that, from its origins in New Orleans, it spread to Chicago, New York and,  inevitably, Europe, the UK and the rest of the world. The subdivisions formed, British and American jazz  began developing their own separate identities to the stage where, today, those subdivisions are forming even in the UK.

Tonight, on the eve of Brexit, those artistic divides were well and truly demonstrated - the devolution of jazz is here.

The McCreadie Trio are the perfect example of this. Fergus' compositions and his approach have brilliantly interwoven Scottish folklore into English/American/Nordic jazz and created a new language - Jazz Esperanto?

As regards the actual gig, as ever, the conditions at The Globe were perfect (we'll not mention last week!) The Yamaha piano had been lovingly transported downstairs and the sound was great. The visuals were perfect and the actual music itself was a masterpiece in the development of a theme which was, in this case (although not exclusively), the trio's new album Cairn - available at the back end of January 2021.

I struggled for a while, it was so low key that I made a cup of coffee and when I returned the bass player was still playing the same note - Guinness Book of Records?

However, 45 minutes in it all exploded! This was it! This was what I'd been waiting for and it put into perspective the build up that had preceded. 

Once they'd hit this level, the previous somnambulistic moments made sense and when I  play it again I'll be wide awake!

Lance.

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