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Bebop Spoken There

Rickie Lee Jones: "There's lots of music and not so much celebrity. I guess I'll stay here [New Orleans] for a while if it doesn't get washed away in the flood." - (The Observer 18.04.21)

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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.

Postage

13,107 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 526 of them this year alone and, so far, 81 this month (April 16).

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.

Thursday, April 01, 2021

Joe Downard Quartet: livestream from Ronnie's - April 1

(Screenshot by Ken Drew)
Joe Downard (bass); Alex Hitchcock (tenor sax); Noah Stoneman (piano); Luca Caruso (drums).

Four young and extremely talented musicians playing a programme of original music composed by Joe, Alex and Noah - Luca content to be the power behind the throne.

Normally I cringe in horror at the thought of over an hour of original music. Every great instrumentalist isn't a great composer and, likewise, every great composer isn't a hotshot musician - at least that's the way it used to be back in the day when composers beavered away in garrets and jazz musicians honed their trade in sleazy clubs and bars learning to read music from a guy who played second alto in the band at the Saturday night hop.

Today, it's all so different. Musicians go to music schools and colleges where men and women who once played second alto at a Saturday night hop are now tutorial gurus with letters after their names and, having themselves accrued the knowledge and obtained the diplomas, send their protégés out into the real world.

That the system works was proven by tonight's quartet who'd variously came through the recognised ranks of NYJO, BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year, The Royal Academy of Music and the Peter Whittingham Award. It certainly beat the back room at Joe's Bar and yet ...

No room for nostalgia tonight, not even in Times Square. This was as modern as it gets without losing the plot and, with such able pilots steering the ship, Titanic won't be added to their repertoire!

(Collage by Ken Drew)
Stoneman and Hitchcock both have an amazing technique that could probably outstrip that of their predecessors and when/if they achieve an identifiable individual sound they will make the past (wait for it!) history.

I didn't catch all of the titles but it doesn't matter as they were all original and, mostly being premiered.

The future is in good hands. Lance

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