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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Barnes: "Normally you can cobble a set together with five guys on the back of an envelope over the first pint and it's just fine. Livestreaming isn't like that." - (Jazzwise July 2021)

Archive quotes.

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.

Postage

13,381 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 799 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (June 20).

From This Moment On

JUNE

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. POSTPONED!

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). POSTPONED!

Sat 26: Tyne Valley Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham (3:45pm).

Sun 27: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 27: Noel Dennis Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. Advance booking essential: www.jazzcoop. A Jazz Co-op-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Friday, April 30, 2021

International Jazz Day @ The Globe: Matt Carmichael Quartet - April 30

(Photo by Debra M)
Matt Carmichael (tenor sax); Fergus McCreadie (piano); Ali Watson (bass); Tom Potter (drums).

An interesting session on this auspicious occasion - International Jazz Day and the Jazz Co-op's seventh birthday. They said it would never last but the fact that it has got this far suggests that it is in it for as long as it takes. 

In olden days (pre-2020), International Jazz Day at the Globe would have had players of all standards from across the region jamming and forming unplanned musical alliances - happy days!

Without that intermingling of punters and players, pints and Pinots that same feeling was never going to be recaptured via an audienceless livestream. However, with Scotland but a caber's throw away, all was not lost and thus began the latest Scots' invasion. Last week, JazzMain crossed the border for a swinging set and this week the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist, Matt Carmichael, came along.

With McCreadie on piano, who'd already made his mark at The Globe a while back, the portents looked good although, I'll hold my hand up and say that, to me, the opening 10-15 minutes seemed like an hour and I was struggling to stay awake. Having said that, the sidebar pundits were all going into raptures!

(Collage by Ken Drew)
Then, suddenly, we were up up and away! McCreadie lit the blue touch-paper with an amazing solo that was as good as anything I've heard at this, or any other venue, for a long time, Carmichael started blowing like the true tenorman that he obviously is rather than a frustrated piper, bass and drums dug in, this was the real deal!

The music had very much a Scottish, with an occasional Scandinavian, feel about it which is understandable and which was indeed the inspiration behind his recent album Where Will the River Flow from which most, if not all, of tonight's repertoire came from.

All of it wasn't my bag but the, maybe, 80% of it that was made up for the 5% that wasn't - the other 15% lay somewhere in between.

So, a curate's egg or should I say a Scotch egg?

One indisputable fact - Four great musicians.

Lance

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