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George "Big Nick" Nicholas: "This band [George Adams-Don Pullen Quartet] is a bitch on roller skates, baby. They'll run you over if you ain't ready" (JazzTimes April, 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! --

Postage

14250 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 469 of them this year alone and, so far, 69 this month (May 19).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Wed 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 25: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 25: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 25: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 26: Deep Pope + Garner & Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.00.
Thu 26: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 26: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 26: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 27: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Fergus McCreadie Trio @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.

Sat 28: Whitley Bay Carnival: Northern Monkey Brass Band (1:00-1:45pm & 4:00-4:45pm); Baghdaddies (2:00-2:45pm & 5:00-5:45pm) @ Spanish City Plaza Arena, Whitley Bay. Northern Monkey Brass Band (2:30-2:45pm) @ Rainbow Corner (Marine Ave.), Whitley Bay.
Sat 28: Jack Logan & the Swing Section @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 29 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Hartlepool United Supporters’ Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Groovetrain @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 29: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Allendale Village Hall, Northumberland. 7:30pm.
Sun 29: Two of a Mind: Sue Ferris-Steve Summers Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.
Sun 29: Cedric Burnside @ Cluny, Newcastle. Superb Mississippi hill country blues!

Mon 30: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

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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