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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'"

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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.

Friday, July 30, 2021

Happy Birthday Charlie Christian: An organ-ized celebration - July 29

(Screenshot by Russell)
Facundo Tarella (clarinet); Fernando Montardit (guitar); Lucas Ferrari (organ); Eduardo Porfirio (drums) + Gus Lerado (piano); ? (vocals)

Yesterday, July 29, marked the birth of Charlie Christian all of 105 years ago in 1916. If the occasion escaped some in America and here in Europe, it didn't go unnoticed in Argentina. An organ-ized celebration in Buenos Aires streaming on Facebook featured a Goodman-style quartet which, later in the proceedings, would briefly be augmented by a pianist and an unannounced, off-screen vocalist. 

Tango, Maradona, Messi, that's all you know, or need to know, about Argentina, isn't it? Well, the South American nation boasts an annual jazz festival attracting tens of thousands of fans and Buenos Aires itself sustains several jazz clubs, including the Thelonious Jazz Club and the Bebop Club. It's on the bucket list...

Guitarist Fernando Montardit, a Charlie Christian man, sat to the right of Goodman clarinetist, Facundo Tarella, and for the next three plus hours didn't take a break. Perhaps Charlie Christian had similar stamina! Facebook is what it is...scheduled to begin streaming at ten o'clock (6:00pm in Buenos Aires) it was more like twenty past the hour when finally we got the audio. Lucas Ferrari (organ) and co. were ready to go. The visual element was more like looking at a still photograph, or, at best, a series of time-lapse photographs. Occasionally, only occasionally, we saw a moving image, although that didn't last too long! 

An off-screen, in-between-numbers female voice responded to online (Spanish language) comment.* As our host spoke mainly in Spanish your correspondent picked out a word or two...qué? No matter, as always, the jazz transcended any such barriers. Seven Comes ElevenMemories of You, the 'organ-ized' quartet put in a good shift, a three hours plus good shift. A Smo-o-o-oth One purred, Stardust shimmered (drummer Eduardo Porfirio's exemplary brushwork), it was gone 1:00am (BSH time) and Señor Ferrari and our Buenos Aires friends were still going strong.
                         
An online comment in English from Tyneside prompted the moderator to respond, in English: Ah! Mike Durham's Whitley Bay Jazz Festival...the best jazz festival in the world!
Russell

1 comment :

Lance said...

Ah! Charlie Christian - "The hand of God"

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