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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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13,367 (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).

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

KSTV: Will Arnold-Foster Quartet - Feb.24

Will Arnold-Foster (guitar); Kit Downes (piano); Ferg Ireland (bass); Jas Kayser (drums).

(Screenshots by Ken Drew).

I think tonight was a co-operative effort with no designated leader so, as Will was doing the announcing I'll give him the credit.

This was one of those delightful vignettes that neither sends you to sleep nor keeps you wide awake but has you hovering in that never-never land in between the two extremes which tonight was a good place to be.

Kit Downes is often seen as a boundary-pushing avant-gardist but tonight, as he has done on previous occasions, he showed his compatibility with the more mainstream side of the genre. 

Arnold-Foster proved he he didn't get the gig because his name is Will although at Smitty's it does get your foot in the door if you are called Will*. No, it was his Jim Hall inspired playing that clinched it.

Ferg Ireland is, deservedly so, a KS regular and his ability to play a complex passage whilst adjusting his face mask simultaneously without missing a beat is in itself the stuff of legend.

Talking of legends, drummer Jas is herself becoming something of a celebrity having been pictured in the i newspaper and interviewed on BBC's Woman's Hour of recent and, as if that wasn't enough, when it comes to drummers she's a contender.

A nice mix of tunes including a Kit Downes original. 

The Shadow of Your Smile; Jim Hall's Waltz New (always reminds me of Someday my Prince Will Come); I'll Never Smile Again (as per Bill Evans); Kit's Army of Three; More Bill Evans with Interplay; Giuffre/Hall's Swamp People and finally, as sensitive a version of Georgia on my Mind as you're likely to have heard anywhere other than at The White House on election night.
Lance

*At least four of the KS regulars are called Will!

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