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Veronica Swift: "I don't want to call myself a jazz singer anymore. I'm a singer and a storyteller.'" - (JazzTimes, December 2021)

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

13837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 56 of them this year alone and, so far, 56 this month (Jan. 16).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm. CANCELLED!
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.

Sun 23 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 23: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 23: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio + Knats @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. POSTPONED!.

Tue 25: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 10:00am - 12 noon. Rehearsal session (open to the public). .
Tue 25: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Murray Wankling, Paul Grainger, King David Ike-Elechi.

Friday, March 19, 2021

KSTV: Playback session - Xhosa Cole Trio play "Lester Young Trio". March 19

Xhosa Cole (tenor sax); Joe Webb (piano); Jason Brown (drums)

A gem - as most of these playback sessions are. If you're going to playback something make sure it's worth playing back and, if it is, make sure you've got the musicians who can do it.

Tonight ticked both boxes.

Lester Young, Nat Cole (his "title" was rarely used in jazz circles) and Buddy Rich recorded eight tracks for Norman Granz over a couple of sessions in 1951 and 1953. They stood the test of time but, how would today's young Turks cope with music recorded before their fathers - their grandfathers maybe - were born?

That's the beauty of music and jazz in particular that, other than the tunnelled visioned few, it is timeless. Tonight's guys didn't "fill their boots" at the prospect of the task in front of them but stood in the boots of their predecessors with pride and paid tribute without fawning simulation.


In a world that is seeing so many hot shot tenor players,  Xhosa Cole stands tall. He can be Coltrane one night, Rollins the next and, tonight, Lester. As if that wasn't enough he does it without losing his own identity - amazing for one so young (no pun intended). Anyone who doubts the value of the BBC Young Jazz Awards need only look at those who have appeared on KSTV! Will Alexander Bone show up on one of these fine evenings?

Likewise, Joe Webb  can move from Jelly Roll, to Fats, to Tatum, to Erroll, to Oscar, to Keith - you name it. Jason Brown had the easy bit - he just had to play like Buddy Rich!

Lester was perhaps the first jazz musician to say he liked to know the words of a song he's playing so, not surprisingly, apart from the opening blues, Back to the Land, all tonight's numbers had nice easy lyrics: Peg O' My Heart; I Want to be Happy; I Cover the Waterfront (superb coda/cadenza from Xhosa); Rosetta; I Found a New Baby (big drum bash); Mean to Me; Sweet LorraineThe Man I Love
(Collage by Ken Drew)

Stone-Lonergan last night, Xhosa tonight and, tomorrow, I'm going AWOL to catch Mornington at The '606' - it's enough to make me start practising again!

Lance

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