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Charlotte Keefe: "I don't know what I'm going to play any more than you [the audience] do." - (Jazz North East/Jazz Co-op gig June 13, 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.

Postage

13,359 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 777 of them this year alone and, so far, 51 this month (June 13).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Wed 16: Washboard Resonators @ Punchbowl Hotel, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm). SOLD OUT!

Thu 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside (1:00pm).

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: www.jazz.coop.

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm).

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm).

Saturday, May 01, 2021

KSTV: Kansas Smitty's Big Four - May 1

(Screenshot by Ken Drew)
Giacomo Smith (clarinet); Pete Horsfall (trumpet); Dave Archer (guitar); Ferg Ireland (double bass) + Julian Bliss (clarinet)

Smitty's Big Four, this is where it all began. Kansas Smitty's the band, the venue, the brand emerged from a gigging quartet. Tonight's session would be augmented by a clarinetist, a man at the top of his profession performing the classical repertoire, Mr Julian Bliss.

A hot start, three in a row...Maple Leaf RagDardanella and Muskrat Ramble! Tremendous solos - shouts of Go on! Go on! - and immaculate ensemble work. Taking it down a touch with Sweet Lorraine did nothing to lessen the brilliance of the musicianship. In fact, such was the brilliance of Giacomo Smith the thought occurred: Was Mr Bliss standing in the wings? No pressure, eh?! 

(Screenshot by Ken Drew)
Paquito de Rivera brought Um a Zero to Giacomo's attention, the quartet played it, then, in the company of this evening's guest, Julian Bliss, Poor Butterfly. Relaxed, wholly uncompetitive, for now...Some chat, mutual back slapping between Giacomo and Mr B. And then, as we approached the end of the set, Giacomo called a blazing After You've Gone. As you'd expect, the jazz guys kept up - Messrs P Horsfall (trumpet), D Archer (guitar) and F Ireland (string bass) - but what about JB? Yep, no problem! Giacomo thanked the man for his contribution and we were back to the Big Four. To end, a rip-roaring That's a Plenty. These boys really can play! Russell

Set list: Maple Leaf RagDardanellaMuskrat RambleSweet LorraineUm a ZeroPoor ButterflyI've Never Been BlueThat's a Plenty

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