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Bebop Spoken There

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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

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The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

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

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

Postage

16233 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Feb. 23).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 27: Meditative Soundscapes - Improvised Music @ Earthlings - Healing Cafe, Buckingham St., Newcastle NE4 5QR. 7:00-8:30pm. Feat. Johannes Dalhuijsen, Richard Herdman, Nick Bagnall & Michael Olatunji.
Tue 27: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm (7:00pm doors). £12.00., £10.00. (adv.).

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 29: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Olly Styles (saxophone).
Thu 29: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Josh Bentham (alto sax); Graham Thompson (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

March
Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Wind Ensemble + Big Band + Jazz Combo + R&B Band @ Boiler House, Newcastle University. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 01: Joseph Carville Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 01-Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. From 8:00pm Friday. Weekend ticket: £20.00.
Fri 01: TBC @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blind Pig Blues Club.
Fri 01: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. £10.00. Day 1/3. Musicians Unlimited + Festival Band.

Sat 02: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. 11:00am. £15.00.. Day 2/3. Senior bands in competition.
Sat 02: Frog & Henry @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.£10.00. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club. Superb Anglo-American band!
Sat 02: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: TBC. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 02: The Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Repas7 by Night, 7 West St, Berwick TD15 1AS, 07900 627562. Tapas Specials from 5.00pm - showtime 8.00pm.
Sat 02: Durham University Big Band @ Durham Students' Union, New Elvet, Durham. 7:30pm. £8.00.
Sat 02: Tom Remon & Laurence Harrison @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sat 02: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00. The band’s 25th anniversary gig!
Sat 02: John Logan @ The Dyvels, Corbridge. 8:00pm. Rat Pack-style swing.

Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. 11:00am. £10.00.. Day 3/3. School & Youth bands in competition.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ the Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm. £7.50.
Sun 03: Alan Law Trio plays Ahmad Jamal’s At the Pershing: But Not for Me & more @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00pm. £10.00. The music of Ahmad Jamal.
Sun 03: Alice Grace & Ben Helm @ St Francis’ Church, High Heaton, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. £12.00. (children free admission). A Children’s Society fundraiser. Two x 30 mins sets. Refreshments available, child-friendly event with participation of children encouraged!
Sun 03: Sax Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. Free (donations). Monthly workshop, all welcome (participant and/or listener).
Sun 03: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 03: ’58 Jazz Collective @ St George’s Venue, Park Road, Hartlepool. 3:30pm (refreshments from 2:30pm). £6.00.
Sun 03: Down for the Count: A Century of Swing @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:00pm.
Sun 03: SH#RP Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 03: Remy CB @ Blues & Bourbon, Nelson St., Newcastle. 9:00pm. Free. Newcastle University music student Remy Coulthard Boardman.

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Eleven Jazz Coffee Table Photo Books

Jazz and photography have always seemed to me to be natural bedfellows. Sometimes, if the photographer (jazzographer?) captures the right moment, the player's expression tells you almost as much as the actual music does. Some musicians are naturally photogenic - whether by accident or intent - they are a photographer's dream.

BSH is proud to have had access to some superb shots from Ken Drew, Malcolm Sinclair and other hotshots both past and present. Even when restricted to screenshots, Ken Drew's collages are achieving legendary status.

However, this exercise isn't about the present but a look at some of the classic photo books I've collected over the years.

K.Abt: Jazz Giants. A Visual Retrospective Compilation. 1986, Billboard Publications. 
Not all of the photos are by Abt and several of them are by other photographers whose photos appear in their own collections. However, it's worthy of any coffee table, not to mention the shelves of a library near you.

William Claxton: Jazz Seen. 1989 Taschen. 
Perhaps the greatest of all the jazz camera men, he captures the images almost as if he was part of the band!

Gene Fernett: A Thousand Golden Horns. 1966 The Pendell Company.
A look at the big bands and the dance bands of the thirties and forties. the text is probably more interesting than the photos although they do complement each other.

William P. Gottlieb: The Golden Age of Jazz. 1979 Quartet Books. 
As the title implies the images move from early jazz to early Bird/Miles. Lots of text accompanies the photos making it more than a mere visual tome.

Orrin Keepnews & Bill Grauer Jr.: A Pictorial History of Jazz. 1965 Spring Books.
I don't know if it's been re-published but my copy does the music no favours. Dull matt photos that lose the impact of the glossies in the other books. this is a shame as the text is great but, hey we're looking back 56 years and the photos a helluva lot longer...!

Jim Marshall: Jazz. 2005. Chronicle Books LLC (San Francisco). 
Some terrific shots by Marshall who began as a rock photographer and found himself equally at home in the jazz world. I think  this is, maybe, my favourite.

Robert Nippoldt: Jazz - New York in the Roaring Twenties. 2013 Taschen.
This doesn't really belong as they aren't photographs but, the drawings by Nippoldt are excellent - plus there's a CD that comes with it so, as well as the sketches, we hear music by Jelly Roll, Fats, Duke, Bessie, Bix, Venuti and many more. It was originally reviewed by myself on BSH in 2013.

David Redfern: david redfern's jazz album. 1980 Eel Pie Publishing.
Undoubtedly the greatest UK jazz photographer of his generation. His photo of Buddy Rich is considered the definitive one.

Michael Randolph: "Popsie" =N.Y.= Popular Music through the camera lens of William "Popsie" Randolph. 2007 Hal Leonard.
"Popsie" had the best possible access for shooting jazz musicians (and later rock musicians) he was band manager for both Benny Goodman and Woody Herman in their greatest years. He didn't stop there, he moved on to Broadway (one of the best photos of Streisand - he even makes her look beautiful) and on to the rock, pop, and soul legends of the day.

David D.Spitzer: Jazzshots. 1979 Zerkim Press.
Not quite sure how I stumbled across this gem - probably in a bookshop - but the black and white shots are brilliant. there's a one of Dexter Gordon that runs the famous one with the spiralling smoke pretty damn close.

Peter Symes & Peter Gamble (text): Focus on Jazz. 1988 Robert Hale.
I know this takes the total to eleven but I almost left it out which would have been most unfair. Also I note that it  gives Humph's date of birth as May 23, 1921 which meant he would have been 100 last month something that slipped our eagle eyes and for which we are duly apologetic.

Of course there are many more books. I don't, unfortunately, have the Milt Hinton book which, I'm told, is terrific. There's also a Facebook page - Rare Jazz Photos - that has some good, often previously unpublished, photos of the greats. It's well worth checking out.
Lance

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