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George "Big Nick" Nicholas: "This band [George Adams-Don Pullen Quartet] is a bitch on roller skates, baby. They'll run you over if you ain't ready" (JazzTimes April, 2022)

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! --

Postage

14250 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 469 of them this year alone and, so far, 69 this month (May 19).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Sun 22 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 22: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 22: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 22: Abstract Orchestra plays J Dilla @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle. 7:30pm. CANCELLED!
Sun 22: Panharmonia @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 23: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 25: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 25: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 25: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 26: Deep Pope + Garner & Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.00.
Thu 26: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 26: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 26: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 27: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Fergus McCreadie Trio @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.

Sat 28: Jack Logan & the Swing Section @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

KSTV: Livestream - March 18

Riley Stone-Lonergan (tenor sax); Deschanel Gordon (piano); Will Sach (bass); Will Cleasby (drums).

If nothing else, Covid has brought us closer together - virtually, that is, not physically. Even before the pandemic, many of the musicians who were and still are household names in London and points south didn't always venture further north than Leeds and, when they did, they quite often managed to get to Edinburgh without touching down in Newcastle.

Thus the enforced lockdowns and the emerging livestreams have, in effect, brought the whole world into our listening area and, in doing so, not only put faces to names but also familiarised us with their music so that, hopefully, when we next see a gig advertised we won't be saying "Who?"

The four musicians blowing up a storm tonight at Smitty's were simply phenomenal. Stone-Lonergan, listed tonight as Riley Stone, blew some of the most blistering, paint-stripping tenor since...? Well, er, since the last time I heard him! Smitty's is rapidly turning into a "tenorment" building - Xhosa's there tomorrow night and Alec Harper will be along shortly - you can bet on it!

A year ago I'd never heard of Desch Gordon but, after a gold medal at the BBC Jazz Olympics 2020,  he's now a name to tick on the ballot papers.

Wills Cleasby and Sach have been the cornerstone of many gigs at KS and tonight was no exception. Cleasby swung his ass off, Sach didn't - somebody had to look after the "bottom end" and few do it better.

The solos were long but nobody yawned this was excitement guaranteed. Over at Ronnie's I'd heard good reports about Heidi Vogel (see previous post) but, with the numbers so disproportionate between the two venues, it made me think. Up here on Tyneside there are many "fans" who regularly attend jazz concerts at Sage Gateshead who are never seen at smaller venues such as The Globe or the Black Swan. I guess it's the same the world over.

Stone-Lonergan blowing Three Little Words was up there with Sonny and Lonnie's Lament was as close as anyone's going to get to Trane until the next Messiah arrives - maybe he already has!

The opener, Monk's Teo sounded strangely like Kern's Yesterdays - presumably a contrafact with better changes. Shorter's Yes and Now and Bird's Bloomdido saw us out.

Monk, Trane, Rollins, Shorter and Bird! On top of that, I had my second vaccine this morning - two shots in the arm in one day, no wonder I'm on a high!
Lance.

(Above collage by Ken Drew, the individual screenshots are by a promising apprentice).

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