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Bebop Spoken There

Jim Keltner: “I was snatched right out of the jazz world. I shouldn't say snatched, I went willingly, I ran. From $85 a week to $250 a week, that gets your attention." - (JazzTimes, September 2021)

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

13,726 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1143 of them this year alone and, so far, 87 this month (Sept. 24).

From This Moment On ...

September

Mon 27: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 30: Mainly Two @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 30: '58 Jazz Collective @ Hops and Cheese, 9-11 Tower St., Hartlepool, TS24 7HH. Tel 0770 4160417. 7:30pm.
Thu 30: Shiver + Run Logan Run @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm. NFOJIM.
Thu 30: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 30: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

October

Fri 01: Robert Mitchell @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. NFOJIM.
Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: Warmer Than Blood + Kit Downes + Ceitidh Mac @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 7:30pm. NFOJIM.
Fri 1: Knats + Hand to Mouth @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free but ticketed.

Sat 02: Paul Edis @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. NFOJIM.
Sat 02: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Stuart Fowler: Learning Jazz Standards. £25.00. To enrol email: learning@jazz.coop.
Sat 02: Zoë Gilby & Andy Champion @ Newcastle Arts Centre. 2:00pm. NFOJIM.
Sat 02: John Pope Quintet @ Newcastle Arts Centre. 3:30pm.
Sat 02: Jamie Cullum @ Sage Gateshead. 7:30pm.
Sat 02: Green Tangerines @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. NFOJIM.
Sat 02: Alina Bzhezhinska HipHarp Quartet + Pat Thomas. 8:00pm. NFOJIM.
Sat 02: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm.

Sun 03: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin' Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Zoe Rahman @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. NFOJIM.
Sun 03: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio + jam session @ Newcastle Arts Centre. 2:00pm. NFOJIM.
Sun 03: Mainly Two @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. NFOJIM.
Sun 03: Pope/Garner/Williams @ The Globe, Newcastle. 4:30pm. NFOJIM.
Sun 03: Fergus McCreadie Trio @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 7:00pm. NFOJIM.
Sun 03: Huw V Williams @ The Globe, Newcastle. 9:00pm. NFOJIM.

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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