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Bebop Spoken There

Charles Lloyd: "I'm raring to go out to play, because I know I'll find something to explain the inexplicable." (DownBeat August 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! -- Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

14454 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 732 of them this year alone and, so far, 30 this month (August 11).

From This Moment On ...

August

Tue 16: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).

Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 18: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 18: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 18: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Bridge Hotel, Newcastle. Strictly Smokin’ Big Band. 7:00pm. Free (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Dan Johnson (sax); Josh Bentham (sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Ron Smith (bass)

Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Harry Keeble Duo + Northern Monkey Brass Band. £15.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Fri 19: Mo Scott @ The Millstone, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Scott w Gary Dunn, Neil Harland & Paul Smith.

Sat 20: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Riviera Effect + Alter Ego + Graham Hardy Quartet + Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie + Ivo Neame Quartet. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Sat 20: Anth Purdy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Sun 21 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 21: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Lindsay Hannon & Alan Law + Knats + David Gray’s Flextet + Ben Gilbert Trio + Emma Rawicz. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Sun 21: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.

Mon 22: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 23: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).
Tue 23: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Steve Glendinning, Paul Grainger, Abbie Finn.

Friday, December 11, 2020

Kansas Smitty's House Band live streaming from Kansas Smitty's - Dec 10

Joe Webb (piano); Dave Archer (guitar); Ferg Ireland (double bass) + Jalen N'Gonda (vocals)

It's the Gold Standard. A Kansas Smitty's live stream is a guarantee of quality. Tonight's session featured the 'house band' playing a few favourite tunes. Pianist Joe Webb, with a twinkle in his eye, said that after playing together for something like ten years it was about time they - Webb, guitarist Dave Archer and bassist Ferg Ireland - had their moment in the spotlight. 
Kansas Smitty's is the name and Kansas City-inspired small group sessions by way of Nat, Oscar and a whole lot more took centre stage. The Oscar Peterson Trio at Zardi's LP featured; Sunday and Herbie's Tune. The latter, Herb Ellis' composition, purred, Dave Archer turning his hand to the art of comping and soloing just as Ellis did holding his own in the presence of the mighty Oscar Peterson (Joe Webb). 

Oscar Moore, sideman to Nat Cole, wrote Beautiful Moons Ago, Joe, Dave and Ferg played it; phlegmatic Ferg's solo, Dave's bluesy feel. Great stuff! Bud Powell's Budo (Joe Webb equally convincing be it bop, swing, stride, our man is across it all) then Don't Be That Way referencing Ella and Louis, minus the vocals. It's that time of year...Webb all but apologising, introduced Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Erroll Garner into stride, Webb's your man). No bah humbug here.         

A special guest was promised. Who could the off-camera figure be? As the live stream neared its end Webb called up Jalen N'Gonda. A friend of Kansas Smitty's, Mr N'Gonda is something else! Heard a few weeks ago singing Stevie Wonder with Smitty's crew, this evening we heard superlative jazz singing. Stormy Monday with an appealing falsetto, N'Gonda is a 'sit-up-and-take-notice' voice. One more from the man, The Very Thought of You - absolutely brilliant! If he ever makes his way up to Tyneside (Jazz Cafe, Jazz Co-op, Hoochie Coochie, Sage Gateshead), Jalen N'Gonda will knock 'em dead.                        
Russell   

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