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Mark Turner: "Practice should never be mindless or careless. You will sound like that on the gig!" - (DownBeat May 2021)

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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.

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13,204 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 623 of them this year alone and, so far, 31 this month (May 8).

2021 APPJAG (All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group)

Coming soon ...



May 13: Vieux Carré Jazzmen at The Holystone (weather, unfortunately, not permitting). CANCELLED!

May 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen at The Holystone (Indoors!)
May 20 Maine Street Jazzmen are back at Sunniside Social Club.
May 23: Vieux Carré Hot Four are back at The Spanish City.

June 21: Jazz in the Afternoon are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club. (Revised date).
June 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club. (Revised date).

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

KSTV: Adrian Cox Quartet live stream - Jan. 26

Adrian Cox (clarinet/vocals); Dave Archer (guitar); Noah Stoneman (piano/organ); Ferg Ireland (bass).

(Screenshots by Ken Drew).

You've got to hand it to Smitty's, they offer the best of jazz in many of its various forms and, equally, it could be said, so does Adrian Cox.

I can think of few clarinetists who come across as being as much at home with the music of Johnny Dodds or Buddy de Franco. Cox doesn't copy, he just absorbs the elements of their playing into his psyche. Ed Hall's up in there too. It must be crowded. Maybe that's why he wears a cap to stop them escaping.

Tonight was faultless. A choice selection of standards and a few vocals that didn't hurt mixed with some fine piano, guitar and bass. One of those sessions that just demands that you to sit back and enjoy - with or without a glass of South Australian Sauvignon Blanc in your hand.

You've Changed was as emotive a version as you're ever likely to hear in a song about the end of an affair. The sparkle in your eye is gone - how evocative is that? Cox sang it as if from the heart - maybe he'd realised that the Van Doren reed he loved was now moonlighting in some other clarinetist's ligature. It showed also in his playing. Straight from the heart - magical.

That was one of the more melancholy numbers. In the main, the rest were all jolly romps that had Coxy blowing almost every other clarinet player out of town.

Archer, sensibly masked, ensured that most guitarists will find the need to self isolate in the woodshed when he's on the gig. 

Stoneman proved that the new generation can cope with the old - maybe even teach them some new tricks. 

Ferg Ireland just turns up and does it - better than most!

Tuesdays to Saturdays it's a case of Kansas Smitty's here I come.
Lance

The Very Thought of You (vocal); My Monday Date; A Foggy Day; Ain't Nobody Home But Me (vocal); Somebody Loves Me (trio minus Cox); You've Changed (vocal); If I Should Lose You; The World is Waiting For the Sunrise; When I Grow Too Old to Dream (vocal).

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