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Bebop Spoken There

Belá Fleck: "...he [Chick Corea] brought out the best in musicians. Not only would you get to play with him, but you'd get to play with the best version of yourself." - (DownBeat April 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.


13,073 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 492 of them this year alone and, so far, 47 this month (April 9).

Bar Manager Required

The Jazz Co-op are looking for an experienced bar manager who can be available to start when The Globe reopens in May.

Preference will be given to a suitably qualified person who lives relatively near to The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD.

Interested parties please follow this link.

Coming soon ...

April 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at The Holystone.

May 20 Maine Street Jazzmen are back at Sunniside Social Club.
May 23: Vieux Carré Hot Four are back at The Spanish City.

June 2: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club.
June 7: Jazz in the Afternoon are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club.

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Clarence Penn Quintet live streaming from Small's, NYC - April 5

(Screenshot by Russell)
Mike Rodriguez (trumpet); Marshall Gilkes (trombone); Glenn Zaleski (piano); Matt Penman (double bass); Clarence Penn (drums)

More than a decade ago Clarence Penn visited Newcastle as a member of fellow American Michael Janisch's touring quintet. On that occasion his Tyneside appearance was in the company of trumpeter Jason Palmer, Paul Booth and Jim Hart. Here at Small's the affable Penn led an all-star band playing a Greenwich Village brand of bop to post-bop material. 

Trumpeter Mike Rodriguez and trombonist Marshall Gilkes (Maria Schneider, WDR Big Band) stepped up, their bold opening statements setting the tone. The rhythm section - a somewhat disparaging term for three top drawer musicians! - cruised in the fast lane. Pianist Glenn Zaleski (he's been live streaming a series of duo sessions with Ken Peplowski) rattled off a Blue Note homage to McCoy Tyner with bassist Matt Penman and a smiling Penn along for the ride. 

Dexterity put Penn in the spotlight, the horns momentarily standing to one side, returning to take it out as a five-piece ensemble. A fine set drew to a close with Wayne Shorter's JuJu

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