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Bebop Spoken There

Greg Abate: "So many sounds are ugly now. There are no harmonics, no chords. What do people hear these days? Why do things have to change from that good music?" (JazzTimes June/July 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! -- Holly Cooper:"Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

14378 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 597 of them this year alone and, so far, 2 this month (July 2).

From This Moment On ...

July

Sat 02: Hot Fingers @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 02: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor Steve Glendinning: Latin jazz. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 02: Talk: Storytelling & jazz as an expression of urban life @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:45pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sat 02: The Commandments + On Parole @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Geordie Jazz Man @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Screening of Abi Lewis’ documentary film about Keith Crombie & the Jazz Café.
Sat 02: The Delta Prophets Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Swing Manouche @ Claypath Deli, Durham. 7:00pm.
Sat 02: Swung Eight & King Bees @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Swing dance + ace Chicago blues band.
Sat 02: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Greenside Community Centre, Ryton. 7:30pm.
Sat 02: Patrick Cromb @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Ruth Lambert & Martin Craggs @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 07: Lara Jones + Echo Juliet @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 07: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 08: Alex Clarke Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 09: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Zoë Gilby Duo (12 noon); Vieux Carré Jazzmen (1:35pm); Harmony Brass (3:10pm); Ruth Lambert Quartet (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Midweek at Small's (Mar. 15-16)

Joe Farnsworth Quartet - Mar. 15 

Eric Alexander (tenor sax); Keith Brown (piano); Peter Washington (double bass); Joe Farnsworth (drums) 

Drummer Joe Farnsworth never fails to bring in an ace band whenever he's got a gig at Small's. This evening he called on the services of tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander (the pair first worked together something like twenty five years ago). Bassist Peter Washington regularly shares the stand with Farnsworth and, on this occasion, BSH's first sighting of pianist Keith Brown. A familiar set list (call that a bonus) enabled the listener to get a handle on what they could do, individually and collectively. Brown impressed, the NYC scene seems to have an endless supply of top class pianists. 

Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise set the ball rolling and for the next hour it was the Eric Alexander show. Turbo charged tenor playing a la British modernists (past and present), this was thrilling stuff. Announcements on or off Small's PA are often difficult to hear, but it became apparent that tunes were being called on the stand. Drifting on a Reed? A nod of heads, of course they knew it! Similarly Nancy with the Laughing Face and The Song is You, Alexander taking no prisoners. An excellent set.   

Set list: Softly, as in a Morning SunriseDrifting on a ReedNancy with the Laughing FaceThe Song is You

Frank Lacy Septet - Mar. 16

Frank Lacy (trombone); Stacy Dillard (tenor sax); David Lee Jones (alto sax); Greg Glassman (trumpet); Jon Elbaz (piano); Simon Wilson (double bass); Evan Sherman (drums) 

Ex-Jazz Messenger and long serving Mingus Big Band trombonist Frank Lacy bossed a cracking septet presenting what amounted to a Jazz Messengers/Blue Note set. Four horns (all top drawer) and a rhythm section to die for (drummer Evan Sherman an Art Blakey for the 21st century) attacked each tune in a manner not dissimilar to the outfits led by Blakey and Mingus. 

An animated Lacy called the shots with the soloists stepping up to the plate. Aquarius Rising, as recorded by Lacy with Art Blakey, set the pace and for the next hour there was no let up. Tunes by Freddie Hubbard and Wayne Shorter, Lacy gesticulating as much as conducting, appeared to be enjoying himself! As The Soulful Mr.Timmons closed a thrilling set, one online comment read: Oh man, call the fire department.    
Russell

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