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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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14757 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1376 of them this year alone and, so far, 92 this month (Nov. 29).

From This Moment On ...


Fri 03: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £22.00. Xmas lunch. Tel: 0191 691 7090.
Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm Fri 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Saltburn Community Theatre. 7:30pm..
Fri 03: King Bees @ The Hotspur, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Chicago blues.
Fri 03: Jack Logan & Sax Appeal @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. 'Rat Pack & Bublé'.

Sat 04: Play Jazz! Workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Clark Tracey. £25.00., book at: .
Sat 04: Hot Club du Nord @ St Cuthbert’s, Hebron, nr. Morpeth. 7:30pm. Festive Special! SOLD OUT!.
Sat 04: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Greenside Community Centre, Ryton. 7:30pm. £5.00..
Sat 04: Clark Tracey Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £15.00. .
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Red Lion, Earsdon, North Tyneside. 8:00pm. £3.00. Xmas party.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 05: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 05: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 05: Glenn Miller Orchestra UK @ Stockton Globe. 3:00pm. Ray McVay & co.
Sun 05: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 7:00pm.
Sun 05: Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 06: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 06: Northern Monkey Brass Band @ o/s The People’s Kitchen, Bath Lane, Newcastle 7:00-7:30pm.

Tue 07: Classic Swing @ The Ship Inn, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Tue 07: Customs House Big Band @ All Saints Church Hall, Cleadon. 7:00pm.
Tue 07: Dilutey Juice @ Little Buildings, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Tue 07: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Dean Stockdale; Paul Grainger; Tim Johnston. NOTE EARLIER START!

Wed 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 08: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 8:00pm. Concert performance. Free admission.
Wed 08: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00-9:30pm. In the bar.
Wed 08: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 08: Durham Uni Big Band + Durham Uni Jazz Soc Big Band @ Durham University Students' Union. 8:00pm.

Thu 09: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £22.00. Xmas lunch. Tel: 0191 691 7090.
Thu 09: Hot Club du Nord, Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Peterlee. 7:00pm (doors). £10.00. + bf.
Thu 09: Tenderlonius + Knats @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.00. (£10.00. inc food).
Thu 09: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 09: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 09: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Monday, February 01, 2021

Frank Griffith remembers Frank Toms (1937 - Jan. 27, 2021)

(Photo © John Ross supplied courtesy of LJN)

Having  known  and played  with Frank for 25 years (from 1996)  I found him open to playing any type of gig going and would do his level best to attend at a moment's notice - he  so welcomed a challenge.

Frank’s Mancunian accent and humour remained intact throughout his 83 years. We used to discuss classical music a lot and he recommended that I acquire Tchaikovsky’s Serenade For Strings which I duly did and found it a great source for learning about writing for smaller string ensembles.

We played a trio gig in 1998 with Peter Ind on bass at the Bell Inn in Hampton. In the middle of one of Peter's lengthy solos he suddenly shouted "Lay Out" at Frank, presumably because he preferred no piano comping at that point. Frank dutifully obeyed and got up from the keyboard and walked over and stood by me, chuckling away and showing no signs of being insulted or cheesed off at Peter. 

Another occasion was a last minute need for a pianist at a very short-lived venue in Shepherds Bush called The Blue Jay in 2003. A trio with myself and a  Sinatranic singer. Frank sailed through winsomely, accompanying me on a variety of standards that we both knew. His accompanying the singer was a bit more of a challenge as he had never worked with him before as well as the singer doing a less than usual repertoire. That, along with the singer making overly high demands on his pianist (largely down to his own self-importance on stage) did not even begin to flummox Frank, resulting in a top  show for the punters and trio alike.

RIP, dear Frank. Your unique musicianship and friendship will live eternally.

Frank Griffith

1 comment :

Mike Farmer said...

Just seen the sad news about the death of Frank Toms who was an important part of the Manchester Jazz Scene and who I first met when I started work at a rubber factory in Salford many years ago. He really knew how to play bebop piano and I spent a lot of time at his house in Failsworth listening to all the latest modern jazz records and also going to the jam sessions at the Lower Turks Head.We also went to Paris a couple of times and visited many great jazz clubs that featured legends like Chet Baker. Kenny Clarke etc. One year we rented a car in Spain and went on a wild road trip to Morocco crossing deserts and mountains. He later moved to Penn in Berkshire and became much in demand in that area and on the London Jazz Scene. R.I.P Frank-You will be missed.

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