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Bebop Spoken There

Michael League: "We flew back from Europe, and the second gig we [Snarky Puppy] did was in Arcata, California. There were two people. And one of them was the bartender." - (DownBeat December, 2022)

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

14836 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1085 of them this year alone and, so far, 84 this month (Nov.28).

From This Moment On ...

November

Tue 29: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

Wed 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 30: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Wed 30: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 30: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 30: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

December
Thu 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 01: New York Jazz Night feat. Zoë Gilby @ The Keys, Yarm. 7:00pm. £30.00. (inc. meal). Tickets from Skiddle. Gilby w. Noel Dennis, Mark Williams & Andy Champion.
Thu 01: Bold Big Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Cluny 2.
Thu 01: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm. Paul Skerritt & James Harrison residency.
Thu 01: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 02: Swing Manouche @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 02: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 02: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 02: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 02: Helen Walker (French horn/trumpet) & Caroline Guirr (piano) @ St. Andrew's Church, Corbridge. 2:00pm. Duo concert by two members of 'The Wild Women of Wylam'. Part of the annual Christmas Tree Festival.
Fri 02: Durham University Big Band + Durham University Jazz Orchestra @ Kingsgate Bar, Durham Students' Union, Dunelm House, Durham. 7:00pm. £3.00. & £2.50. Fundraiser for Coppafeel.
Fri 02: Niffi Osiyemi Trio @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm.
Fri 02: Alligator Gumbo @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm. Xmas party.
Fri 02: Struggle Buggy's Almost Xmas Party @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sat 03: Jake Leg Jug Band @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 03: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Liane Carroll. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 03: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sat 03: Remi Harris & Tom Moore @ Amble Parish Hall, Northumberland. 7:30pm.
Sat 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. Xmas party.
Sat 03: Ray Johnson, Richard Herdman & Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Sun 04: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 04: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 04: Remi Harris & Tom Moore @ Bowes & Gilmonby Parish Hall, Co. Durham. 7:30pm.
Sun 04: Liane Carroll @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. adv., £12.00. door.
Sun 04: Let Spin + Ceitidh Mac @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Mon 05: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 06: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (table reservations 0191 386 5556). Feat. Johnny Murphy (keyboards).

Monday, June 21, 2021

Sunday Night Jazz @ The Globe: Knats - June 20

(Photo by Lance)
Ferg Kilsby (trumpet); Josh Mitchell-Rayner (keyboards); Stan Woodward (bass); King David Ike-Elechi (drums).

Knats (don't ask me where they got the name from!) are a young, mega young, band and this was their first ever indoor gig although they had played an outdoor gig a couple of weeks back which Russell enthused over and which I felt the need to check out. 

There was an understandable degree of uncertainty about the first set but, hey, what do expect? They're treading the boards where many of the UK's premier jazz musicians have strutted their stuff - no pressure then - and it didn't, at least outwardly appear to faze them. Come the second set and they were firing on four!

Young Ferg on trumpet was already known to me - known as a promising 14/15 year old who'd shown up at jams as well as blowing with some family members on the patio during lockdown. Since then, he's moved from the patio to the woodshed and emerged as Freddie Hubbard or Lee Morgan. If Art Blakey had still been alive and recruiting Ferg would have been on Buhaina's radar.

(Photo by Lance)
King David - is that a name or a title? - has the Blakey drive as well as his own powerhouse approach. His extended solos possibly had the good folk in Gateshead across the river checking out the Richter Scale whilst those inside The Globe were full of appreciation for this, the latest in an ever increasing list of outstanding young drummers to appear in the region. 

Like  King D, the more modestly named frontman and bassist Stan, has just completed his A-levels and he proved his worth with rock solid support and solos as well as composing and arranging some of the pieces. Oh, and another thing, he's rather old fashioned in that he uses those appendages on the side of his head (ears) to tune up rather than some electronic device clipped to the headstock of his fretless bass. How long is it since you heard a musician say to the pianist "give me an A"? Nice to know the old order hasn't completely changed.

The pianist charged with supplying the aforementioned note, 17 year old Josh also, during the course of the evening, gave us the other 87 notes in various permutations. Another outstanding performer to look out for.

(Photo by Russell)
The material was full on, in your face, Jazz Messengers, Herbie Hancock, Miles, Weather Report and, of course, 'knaturally' - Knats. 

Music heard included: Afro Blue; All Blues; Red Room (Woodward original); Kind Folk (K. Wheeler); Resolution (Coltrane); West of the West (Christian Scott) plus music from the film Taxi Driver, a piece by Radiohead and, for the encore, which I had to miss due to the demands of public transport, an opus by Herbie Hancock. Lance.

Link re comment.

PS: When I arrived at the Jazz Co-op HQ my nerves were still as taut as an over-tuned violin E string having watched the highs and lows and, ultimately, the highs of Hartlepool United's penalty shootout out victory over Torquay United in the National League Play-off Final.

I've never experienced a game with so much drama - Alfred Hitchcock couldn't have scripted it better - and, if they turned it into a movie, tonight's music would be the perfect soundtrack - it was played with the same passion and intensity.

2 comments :

Chris Kilsby said...

Lance - thanks for review, which conjured up the mood of the night: for the record...
1. Knats name derives from Stan (backwards) and K for King!
2. Set- opened with Kack Bop (Knats original, on all streaming outlets) followed by Actual Proof (H. Hancock). Another original (Ferg) "Whilst We're Here" in the second set. Encore was Eye of the Hurricane (HH again)
3. A great night out (finally) courtesy of the amazing institution which is The Globe. Still trying to come back to earth....

Chris K

Chris Kilsby said...

Great review Lance - captured the excitement and intensity nicely! And what a great job the Globe did on the night - the Sunday jazz live plus streaming series more than keeping up with offerings from KSTV and internationally.

Couple of additions/edits to the set list...First up was Kack Bop (by Knats, available on all streaming platforms!), Actual Proof (Herbie Hancock), Red Moon (Knats), Whilst we're here (Ferg Kilsby), encore was a double speed Eye of the Hurricane (Herbie Hancock).

The band have put a couple of streamed clips on https://www.instagram.com/knatsmusic/

Chris

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