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Bebop Spoken There

Kasia Delgado: "The naughtiest thing that I did at school was bunk off a maths lesson to practice my saxophone for a jazz band." - (i newspaper October 21, 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

13,837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1254 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 23).

From This Moment On ...

October

Mon 25: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 26: Classic Swing @ Ship inn, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the band’s weekly residency will be fortnightly until further notice.
Tue 26: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the Black Swan’s fortnightly jam session.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Luke Carlos O'Reilly live streaming I Too, Sing America from Small's, NYC - April 16

Chris McBride (alto sax); Josh Evans (trumpet); Luke Carlos O'Reilly (piano); Luques Curtis (double bass); Mark Whitfield Jr. (drums)

Luke Carlos O'Reilly introduced this Friday evening set saying he hoped his sidemen were onboard with his project. Our bandleader/pianist adding, if they weren't, he'd be making some calls. The inference being they'd be replaced, double quick! It was, of course, tongue in cheek, they were as one. 

The on stage quintet at Small's played music from O'Reilly's latest album I Too Sing America: A Black Man's Diary and from start to finish O'Reilly stood defiant in the face of those who would deny the proposition 'Black lives matter'. And this, the title of the opening number,  Black Lives Matter, set the tone. Chris McBride, an ebullient character, blew alto sax alongside trumpeter Josh Evans. The quintet's sound, incorporating jazz, soul and old school swing were the building blocks of O'Reilly's arresting compositions. The man who studied music in Philadelphia (Mulgrew Miller and Bruce Barth, two influential figures) let the music speak for itself and he spoke for himself, insisting 'Black Lives Matter'. 

At times McBride's alto playing drew comparison with say, Matana Roberts or Soweto Kinch, underpinned by Mark Whitfield Jr.'s laser-like drum patterns. O'Reilly said the spelling of Amerikkka, containing the letter 'k' written three times, should be an obvious reference. The point wasn't lost on his online audience. Brotherman (In Blue) alluded to Black Americans in police uniform, McBride saying little more, the music would again speak volumes. It did, one section featured O'Reilly's swinging piano playing in classic trio format with bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Whitfield Jr..

To close, another of O'Reilly's commentaries on present day America (Amerikkka?) referencing the deaths of women at the hands of law enforcement officers, Say Her Name. It had been an interesting hour, it is to be hoped that post-pandemic Luke Carlos O'Reilly will be able to take his music on the road. It should be heard.  
Russell
                
Set list: Black Lives MatterAmerikkkaBrotherman (In Blue)Say Her Name.   

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