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Bebop Spoken There

John McDonough (reviewing Bright Red Dog’s In Vivo): “When you improvise on nothing, that’s what you get”. - DownBeat August 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.

Postage

13,508 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 926 of them this year alone and, so far, 90 this month (July 27).

From This Moment On

Wed 28: Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Assembly Rooms, 40 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3ET. 9:20pm. £8.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event (www.durhamfringe.co.uk).

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Sat 31: Lindsay Hannon @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Lindsay previews new, original material.

Sat 31: jaktar + Johnny Richards @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion.

August

Sun 01: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 01: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Leeds College of Music graduate guitarist (Masters, Jazz Performance & Composition).

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Preview: Tonight! Harry Keeble Quartet EP launch

This evening (Thursday 22) at Prohibition Bar in Newcastle, tenor saxophonist Harry Keeble launches his recently recorded EP. The Beacon features original compositions performed by Harry's A-list band; guitarist Mark Williams, bassist Andy Champion and drummer Abbie Finn. Harry and Abbie met at Leeds College of Music and since graduating they've continued to make a big impression on the regional jazz scene and beyond. Mark and Andy, themselves graduates of Newcastle College, run their own bands and are in great demand locally and nationally. 

Harry granted BSH access to the recording and on first listening there is much to like about it. The FirehillsThe Glen and The Sunken Forest showcase Harry's mature compositions and his commanding tenor saxophone playing. The majority of the solos are shared between bandleader Harry and guitarist Mark. The Firehills is a slow-burner of a tune, Mark soloing, Harry assured on tenor, Andy as dexterous on electric bass as he is on double bass. The Glen is in ballad form, its composer producing a finely wrought solo. The Sunken Forest ups the tempo, urgent, into swing time, bold tenor sax, Mark playing as fluently and inventively as we know he can. Holding it all together, drummer Abbie steps up to show what she can do. 

Tonight's HKQ gig on Pink Lane gets underway at eight o'clock (doors at 7:00pm). Advance tickets - £7.50. - are available from: www.wegottickets.com. It's first come, first served to get the best seats! Russell          

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