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Bebop Spoken There

Lakecia Benjamin: "From my early days with Clark Terry, he told me 'they see you before they hear you'... I'm just not from that school of thought where I'm gonna wear my jeans and T-shirt on stage and that's going to be respectable." - (Jazzwise, February 2023)

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!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Saturday Night @ the 606: Xhosa Cole & Alex Hitchcock play Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis & Johnny Griffin's Live at Mintons - June 12

Xhosa Cole, Alex Hitchcock (tenor saxes); Deschanel Gordon (piano); Joe Downard (bass); Shane Forbes (drums).

This afternoon the soccer players of Wales and Switzerland waltzed to a 1 - 1 draw. There was no waltzing at the '606' tonight - on or off the stand. 

This was a good old-fashioned tenor joust that had the protagonists going for it toe to toe. No quarter asked, no quarter given. The same rules that applied when Johnny Griffin and Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis (more or less) adhered to when they recorded the album tonight's session was based on.

Cole, Hitchcock, Hitchcock, Cole. They didn't hold back. This was no 'After you Claude' session but a fight to the finish. Who won? Well, at half-time us streamers had to leave so only those who made it in person can answer that but, after this first set it was too close to call. 

The audience was relatively subdued - no doubt following parliamentary advice to keep their mouths shut. However, at BSH HQ there were no such restrictions in place  and, after the Pier Six work out on Well You Needn't I was up on my feet a-whoopin' and a-hollerin'. Shouting and clapping, kicking aside the dead soldiers who'd began the night at 4.7% but now lay lifeless on the floor.

Topcat Daphne wasn't amused, to her this was just another Saturday night but to me it was anything but. Hard-swinging post bop by two of today's finest, paying tribute to two of yesterday's finest - aided and most definitely abetted by as good a rhythm section as you're likely to find this side of the Planet Mars.
Lance

Light and Lovely; Well You Needn't; In Walked Bud (or was it Bouncing with Bud?); Bingo Domingo; Isfahan; Woody 'n' You.

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