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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!"

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15087 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 106 of them this year alone and, so far, 4 this month (Feb. 1).

From This Moment On ...

February

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.

Wed 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 08: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Free. TBC.
Wed 08: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 08: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 08: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Tom Seminar-Ford live streaming from Ronnie's - Jan. 11

(Screenshots by Ken Drew)

Tom Seminar-Ford is a name you're unlikely to forget in a hurry. And so TSF was just that, a 'name', one to be checked out. This evening's live stream from Ronnie's provided the opportunity to do just that. Tom Ford, as the band leader called himself, employs two very familiar names - Daisy George and Jas Kayser. Add Robbie Moore, playing old school Fender Rhodes, to the mix and you've got a quartet. But...what were they going to play?

Ford's music could be described as 'uncategorisable' but that's not much use in a review. So, here goes. Original? Hmmm. An amalgam of styles/influences, certainly. A set of seven songs, Ford content to describe his material as 'songs' rather than 'compositions' or 'numbers'. There was a vocal element to some, there was no shortage of instrumental virtuosity. Guitarist Ford deployed various pedals, as did bassist Daisy George and Robbie Moore at the Rhodes.  

From the opening FX7 to the closing Latin number (Ford didn't spell out its Portuguese title!), this was a display of effortless guitar playing. Think Joe Pass (as on  Relax, Study, Chill), Gary Boyle, Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin and you'll get some idea where Ford is coming from. Song book accompaniment, fusion chops, Ford is some player. 

Daisy George playing electric bass - what a treat! Hip-hop, funking lines all night long. Jas Kayser - right in the groove. Incidentally, Jas is a Berklee graduate and so is TSF. Small world. Ford introduced two guest vocalists - Simon Junior rapping (at one point three mics failed him), Poppy Ajudha in soul sister mode.  

This Ronnie's live stream was beset with technical glitches as never before. The audio was fine throughout, the picture freeze threatened to be terminal. As and when the audio-visual was restored there was something like a fifteen minute period in which the stream was in near darkness, then, the bright lights of 47 Frith Street shone once more. Tom Seminar-Ford is definitely one to catch live, it'll be an experience.  
Russell
    
Tom Seminar-Ford (guitar, vocals); Robbie Moore (Fender Rhodes); Daisy George (bass); Jas Kayser (drums) + special guests Simon Junior (vocals); Poppy Ajudha (vocals)  

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