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Bebop Spoken There

Maurice J. Summerfield: "Over dinner one night Barney [Kessel] told me about his seminar The Effective Guitarist, and in 1972 my company presented the first of twelve annual UK seminars in Newcastle upon Tyne." - (Just Jazz Guitar, September 1997)

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

15080 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 99 of them this year alone and, so far, 99 this month (Jan. 30).

From This Moment On ...

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewwitt (alto sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Dilutey Juice @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Smoove & Turrell @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £25.00.
Fri 03: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibiton Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Rivkala @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sun 05: Jive Aces @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 05: Dale Storr @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 05: Jam No.13 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students alike).

Mon 06: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 07: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums). Jam session reverts to a first & third Tuesday in the month schedule.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Kansas Smitty's live streaming Louis Armstrong's Town Hall Concert - Dec. 15

Enrico Tomasso (trumpet, vocals); Pete Horsfall (trumpet, vocals); Adrian Cox (clarinet, vocals): Daniel Higham (trombone); Joe Webb (piano); Will Sach (double bass); Jas Kayser (drums)

(Photos courtesy of Ken Drew)

The 'Town Hall Concert' tag encouraged large numbers to log on. In reality Rico Tomasso (Armstrong) and co roamed far and wide, back to the Hot Fives and Sevens of some two decades before the much vaunted 1947 NYC date. Historical accuracy aside, this Kansas Smitty's live stream would prove to be an absolute barnstormer. 

Struttin' with Some Barbecue opened the one hour set. The whoops and hollers from the lucky few in the socially-distanced audience said everything...this what what we've all been missing! The excitement-o-meter threatened to explode as Rico/Louis and a cookin' rhythm section almost blew the roof off the place. 
Pete Horsfall's deferential role as Bobby Hackett and Adrian Cox as Peanuts Hucko, took it down a notch on Do you Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?  The audience reaction? Every bit as vociferous as before. Horsfall himself sang Earl Hines' Monday Date

Highlights from this Kansas Smitty's session were many, perhaps none better than Rico doing his best Louis with a marvellous On the Sunny Side of the Street with 'bone man Dan Higham scoring as Jack Teagarden, or perhaps Vic Dickenson. It was noticeable that the younger members of the band - Joe Webb, Will Sach, Jas Kayser, Dan Higham - were wreathed in smiles, they were definitely enjoying themselves! 

Royal Garden Blues almost caused a riot, Kansas Smitty's speakeasy fortunate not to be raided by the boys in blue: 
'Allo, 'allo, 'allo! What's goin' on 'ere, then? 
Kansas Smitty's Jack on the door: Er? Nothing much, officer, we're just havin' ourselves a party. Horsfall/Hackett and Joe Webb/Dick Cary took it upon themselves to cool it. Our duo calmed the situation with a respectful take on Dear Old Southland.

Time for two more; Rico and Adrian sharing the vocals on Old Rockin' Chair and on to the grand finale. Rico/Louis thanked his band mates for making it a memorable occasion and with that, Jas Kayser, learning on the job, had a ball soloing on Tiger Rag. The odds are Rico was thinking: These guys are good, and they're so young! A cracking session, Kansas Smitty's is the gig, log on for free (donations appreciated) at eight, Tuesday to Friday.  
Russell     

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