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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.


13,367 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 785 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (June 16).

From This Moment On


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

Sun 20: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 20: Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: SOLD OUT. Livestream available from £7.50.

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

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

Thu 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside 1:00pm).

Thu 24: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 25: Hot Club du Nord @ St Mary's Parish Hall, Barnard Castle. 7:00pm. Tickets: £15.00. + bf. A Barnard Castle Rotary Club event.

Fri 25: Archipelago + Faith Brackenbury @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. & £8.00. Echoes to the Sky album launch. A GCT Jazz Club-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Fri 25 Alter Ego @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington (8:00pm). POSTPONED!

Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Where there's a Will there's Kansas Smitty's - Dec. 8

Will Barry (piano); Will Sach (bass)

(Screenshot by Ken Drew)

Tonight's live stream featured two of the many Wills who ply their trade at Smitty's current venue. 

The theme was, loosely speaking, the 1994 album by Charlie Haden and Hank Jones - Steal Away. The original album comprised a mixture of hymns, spirituals and folk tunes. The guys tonight played a few of them plus a couple of ringers such as Stars Fell on Alabama and Body and Soul which, paradoxically, turned out to be my favourites!

Not that this denigrates the other numbers. Because of the simplistic chord structure of those tunes it enabled Jones/Haden and Barry/Sach to enhance them with more modern, jazzier chords - I think Bach would have done the same.

The Barry Will coaxed some great sounds out of the Blüthner grand. What happened to the Winky (Winkelmann) I wonder? The Sach Will provided the Haden touch and together everything gelled.

Once again Kansas Smitty's delivered the goods!


It's Me Alone (standing in the need of prayer); Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen; Spiritual; Stars Fell on Alabama; Wade in the Water; Danny Boy; I've Got a Robe; Body and Soul; Down by the River Side.

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