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Bebop Spoken There

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.

Friday, August 06, 2021

Album review; Sean Gibbs: When Can I See You Again?

Sean Gibbs (trumpet); Riley Stone-Lonergan (tenor sax); Rob Brockway (piano); Calum Gourlay (bass); Jay Davis (drums).

I remember, back in the early days of the Side Café, situated in the shadow of the Tyne Bridge, climbing the stairs to the upper room. I'd been off the scene for a while and it came as a surprise to realise that a whole new generation of jazz musicians had arrived. Many of them the equal, if not better than some of the older musicians I'd revered. Bernard Shaw's famous quote came to mind: "Of course you're better than I am - you were born after me"!

The young pianist who sat in at the closing jam session didn't kick ass that night but you had the feeling he was polishing his shoes in readiness.

I'm talkin' Rob Brockway - those shoes must be rather worn by now!

That promise has well and truly come to fruition over the years and, on this album,  he meets his fellow A-listers on even terms.

Sean Gibbs, like so many, is a product of the Birmingham Conservatoire after initially making his mark with the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland. His solos, like his compositions, combine lyricism and fire with no lack of technique.  

Riley Stone-Lonergan, for those unfamiliar with his playing, threw his hat in the ring via various livestreams during lockdown and told the world that the UK probably has more top class tenor players per "unsquare" mile than anywhere in the world - yes, maybe even over there!

Jay Davis graduated from Leeds and has picked up many prestigious awards since. 

Calum Gourlay is a bass playing legend north of the border and, after graduating and subsequently teaching at the Royal Academy of Music, he soon became a first call bassist on the London scene.

As for Rob I feel proud and yet humble to have been in on the ground floor (metaphorically speaking) of this young man's remarkable growth and I'm pretty sure there's much more to come.

In the meantime, if you like your jazz to have a suggestion of Herbie Hancock about it then look no further. Lance

Released August 13 on Ubuntu Music (UBU 0083) with a launch at The Vortex on August 20.

Internal Conflict; Happy Hour; Mary; The Grand Parade; That's Your Lot; Camperdown; When Can I See You Again?

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