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JD Allen: "...art in itself is now a luxury that you need a lot of finances to do." - (DownBeat October 2021)

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! --

Postage

13,822 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1239 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 18).

From This Moment On ...

October

Mon 18: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 18: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Wed 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 20: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 20: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 20: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 8:00pm.

Thu 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 21: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra.
Thu 21: Alter Ego @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle 7:30pm.
Thu 21: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 21: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 22: Mick Shoulder Quartet @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Quartet featuring Alex Clarke (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist).
Fri 22: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: Paul Edis Trio w Ruth Lambert @ St Cuthbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 22: Michael Feinstein @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 22: Peter Morgan Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 23: Mary Coughlan @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 23: Têtes de Pois @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 24 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 24: Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 24: Milne Glendinning Band @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Dave O'Higgins Quartet @ The 606 Club - July 31

(Collage by Lance)
Dave O'Higgins (tenor sax); Graham Harvey (piano); Jeremy Brown (bass); Josh Morrison (drums).

Tonight has certainly been a night for tenor saxophilites! After listening to Keith Loftis' tremendous recording (see previous post) I approached tonight's Saturday 606 session with more than a little trepidation. Would  Dave O'Higgins - one the UK's top tenor players - bear comparision with the American whom I'd just been listening to minutes before?

"Oh ye of little faith" I said to myself as Dave went into an uptempo number that I recognised but couldn't put a name to (Trane, Oliver Nelson?) - I still haven't! The post tune announcement may have been picked up by those sitting close to the stage but for us livestreamers only those who could lip read would have picked it up. Nevertheless, whatever the name, the band were cookin'. The next number was equally indecipherable - it could have been Tenor Madness or something similar. 

One of the plus points of Covid is that when you're semi-restricted to livestreams you get to hear players who, because they rarely leave London, New York, Penge or wherever are merely names in a jazz mag such as tonight when I discovered Harvey, Morrison and Brown - all stellar names that are worth keeping in mind at the next election and deserved of a seat in Westminster next to the Jazz Co-op/Globe coalition.

A tune by bassist Brown led to more familiar ground. More Than You Know, with its dramatic out of tempo intro and the contrasting middle eight, is one of the great standards and O'Higgins made it his own.

A belated recognition of Charlie Parker's hundredth last year was provided by a blast on Segment then that good old jammer - Stella by Starlight. Dave appeared to be giving some background info about the the tune and the film from which it originated but his voice didn't carry this far!

The set finished off with an original by Dave entitled Stir Crazy a feeling that most musicians have felt over the past 18 months.

Stir crazy is of course prison talk which led me to wonder if the inmates of Death Row in America who are waiting to go to the electric chair go stir fry crazy!

As ever, a great 606 set. Lance

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