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Faye McCalman: "For a while I would hear other artists and feel that I need to be like that person, have what they have; but then I realised that everyone has their own thing and what I connect with most is when I can tell an artist is just being themselves." - (Jazzwise July 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.


13,367 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 785 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (June 16).

From This Moment On


Thu 17: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 18: Jazz Jamaica @ Sage Gateshead (8:00pm).

Sat 19: Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Sun 20 Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: SOLD OUT. Livestream available from £7.50.

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).

Monday, May 03, 2021

Jas Kayser live streaming from Ronnie's - May 3

(Screenshot by Ken Drew)
Jas Kayser (drums); Mark Hurrell (tenor sax); Christos Stylianides (trumpet, electronics); Jamie Leeming (guitar); Daisy George (double bass); João Caetano (percussion); Ava Joseph (vocals)

Groove, that's Jas Kayser and co. We know drummer Jas from her many appearances at Kansas Smitty's playing a wide range of material. This evening the music heard at Ronnie's presented another side to the Berklee graduate. Mostly original charts, percussive grooves to the fore courtesy of Jas and sometime Kansas Smitty's rhythm buddy, the impressive João Caetano, the equally impressive Daisy George on upright bass, and the horns - Mark Hurrell playing tenor sax and trumpeter Christos Stylianides - adding colourful flourishes, Stylianides revisiting Miles' ethereal, plugged-in period. 

(Collage by Ken Drew)
Guitarist Jamie Leeming contributed interesting, angular parts, particularly effective on an unusual Afrobeat take on Skylark, sung by Ava Joseph.Tune Two and Tune Three, so named because as recent compositions they are untitled, incorporated more Afrobeat/Township grooves, the latter number getting the nod for its horn arrangement. And to close, Feel It with a muscular tenor sax solo from Hurrell. In parts this Ronnie's live stream set would have gone down well at somewhere like Hoochie Coochie, but only in parts. An interesting set. 

Set list: Stupid on the Beat?Fela's WordsTune OneSkylarkTune TwoTune ThreeFeel It.

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