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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).

Sunday, May 02, 2021

The Sunday Service: The Music of Joe Darensbourg - May 2

(Screenshot by Russell)
Adrian Cox (clarinet, vocals)

In Ascona, Switzerland for a rare live gig opportunity, this week Preacher Adrian Cox chose as his subject clarinetist Joe Darensbourg. The American wanted to write a tune about his home state Louisiana, so, he came up with Lou-Easy-An-I-A. Cox picked up his clarinet to play it, singing into the bargain. An excellent start. Shortly after the one o'clock downbeat close on one hundred fans were online. Three tunes in, Cox's live stream was interrupted by the arrival of not one, but two, giant-size Swiss Rolls, courtesy of his host. Yum.

Seemingly many early twentieth century popular songs had rather long titles, the thought springing to mind as Cox sang Walter Donaldson's How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paree)?. A somewhat more concise title, Wingy Manone's The Tailgate Ramble, featured more of Cox's spot-on vocals and oh-so-fluent clarinet playing. Joe's Blues, a real slow blues, hit the spot. The Martinique, written by Wilbur de Paris in the mid-fifties, is a tune Cox has played for many years, fluent as you like. I've got one more tune, said Cox, adding, the Uber has arrived, Well, it'll have to wait! Cox, Rico Tomasso and Denny Illet were heading to the airport to catch a flight homePreacher Cox signed off with Sweet Georgia Brown. Safe journey home!             

Set list: Lou-Easy-an-I-AWabash BluesCake Walking Babies from HomeYellow Dog BluesHow Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paree)?The Tailgate RambleJoe's BluesThe MartiniqueSweet Georgia Brown.  

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