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Jeff Coffin: "I'm trying to find a creative way of being creative." - (DownBeat June 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.


13,348 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 766 of them this year alone and, so far, 40 this month (June 11).

From This Moment On


Sun 13: Charlotte Keeffe Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. (8:00pm). £10:00. Advance booking essential at:

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:

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

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

Saturday, May 08, 2021

Ten MORE Underrated Jazz Musicians Part Three

7. Von Freeman (1923-2012)    

A musician who operated mainly in the Chicago area where he was held in high regard by his fellow jazz artists young and old. His father gave him a sax when he was seven and he gained a musical education at the famous DuSable high school as well as by sitting in at the many jam sessions that were happening in the locality. A good example of his quirky note-bending style is to be found on the Atlantic recording  Doin’ It Right Now with John Young, piano Sam Jones bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums. I really like his version of Sweet and Lovely on this LP. I did see him live when he played at Nice Jazz Festival once with his son Chico but what sticks in my mind is his solo rendition of the Sinatra hit My Way. He had that big Chicago tenor sound and he remained active until he expired at 88 years old.

8. Clifford Jordan (1931-1993)

Another fabulous tenor saxman  out of Chicago who in s[ite of leaving a large legacy of great records on various labels is still very under- valued in my opinion;  Evan on his early albums the thing that stands out is his amazing sound; you can recognise him after just a few bars. An LP that I like to play is a Japanese issue Hello, Hank Jones on East direct disc. With Hank Jones piano, Reggie Workman bass and Freddy Waits on drums. The long version of Love for Sale is outstanding! I saw Jordan in New York in 1973 at Jazz City and again at the Lincoln Center and he did not disappoint;

9. Lucky Thompson (1924-2005)

Played and recorded with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Mingus etc. and was well known for his beautiful tone on tenor and soprano sax. He spent time in Europe during the 50s and 60s and then things started going downhill when he returned to the USA and he ended up on the streets I believe he was spotted in Seattle but information on his latter days is scarce. We are fortunate that some great video clips have been posted on the internet showing him at his best - especially on Soprano.

Mike Farmer

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