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Faye McCalman: "For a while I would hear other artists and feel that I need to be like that person, have what they have; but then I realised that everyone has their own thing and what I connect with most is when I can tell an artist is just being themselves." - (Jazzwise July 2021)

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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.

Postage

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

JUNE

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

Sun 20 Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: www.jazz.coop. 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).

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Joe Farnsworth Trio live streaming from Mezzrow's, NYC - Feb. 27

Kenny Barron (piano); Peter Washington (double bass); Joe Farnsworth (drums) 

A first virtual visit for BSH to Mezzrow's, NYC. The Greenwich Village partner venue to Small's is next door on West 10th Street and by the look of things it's smaller than Small's, and that's saying something! Witchcraft opened the show. Swinging, relaxed as you like, bassist Peter Washington the first in the soloist's spotlight, fours with Farnsworth following on, Barron the man! The decor, stripped back to the brick, portraits of Mezz Mezzrow and...is that James P Johnson? Answers/corrections to the Editor, BSH.

Straight on, no time for small talk, Barron and co swinging the 'what's its' off Billie's Bounce (Washington again defining the art of the tasteful solo). Time for a ballad, The Very Thought of You, sheer class. Joe Farnsworth squeezed out from behind his kit to address the online audience (a global audience!) as Mezzrow's was without a real live audience, thanking 'Mr Barron' for being on the gig! I Thought About You with 'Mr Barron' at Mezzrow's Steinway, once again in full flow. 

Monk the penultimate selection, Farnsworth's military medium fours topped off with a wonderful double-time flourish. To close the set, Farnsworth revealed he has the occasional text exchange with Peter Washington. One such recent exchange read: KB + Monk = heaven. And with that our bandleader insisted Mezzrow's Spike Wilner should come to the mic to say a few words. With daughter Lulu in his arms, Wilner simply thanked the musicians and left the stage to them. The Joe Farnsworth Trio signed off with My Funny Valentine or so we thought. They were enjoying themselves so much they went out on a swift Surrey with the Fringe on Top. The concert was part of the UCF (University of Central Florida) Orlando Jazz Festival. A hugely enjoyable set.    
Russell

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