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Bebop Spoken There

Pat Thomas: “He’s definitely one to watch, he's going to be a breath of fresh air for the jazz scene. What I like is he [Xhosa Cole] plays like Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins - you don't hear anybody come from that. He knows tunes like "Fried Bananas" by Dexter Gordon and he can play free as well." - (The Wire September 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! --


13,698 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Sept. 17).

From This Moment On ...


Fri 17: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: Abbie Finn's Finntet @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington. 8:00pm.

Sat 18: Baghdaddies @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 18: David Gray Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 19: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 19: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Westbourne Road, Hartlepool TS25 5RB. 1:00pm. South Durham Social Club aka Steelworks or Steelies. New venue for Teesside's premier big band.
Sun 19: Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 19: Green Tangerines + Knats @ Punch Bowl Hotel, Newcastle. 3:30pm.
Sun 19: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 20: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public)
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Celebrating TITTB's 20th anniversary & Dave Weisser's forthcoming birthday! Limited gig tickets (£1.00.). Free live stream.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall 8:00pm. .
Thu 23: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside, Gateshead. 8:30pm. .

Fri 24: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: FILM: Jazz on a Summer's Day + Swing Bridge Trio (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 7:00pm.

Monday, August 02, 2021

Late Night Chicago Radio

This week's Late Night Chicago Radio was as cool as ever. Denny Farrell's laid back laconic style is as soporific a voice as you're ever going to hear other than from a hypnotic therapist and maybe not even then.

Lots of guitars tonight, a couple of Desmonds and some classy vocals - if you can't get to Chicago then let Chicago come to you.

Paul Desmond and Jim Hall got the show on the road with Easy Living. Desmond, of course earned his bread and butter with Dave Brubeck but, on those sides he made with Jim Hall he comes across as so much more relaxed and maybe this was the real Paul Desmond.

I claim responsibility for the second Desmond - Johnny Desmond.  His version of I'm Thru With Love with Tony Mottola on guitar eclipses even Marilyn M's version. I've waxed eloquent previously about this track so I'll say no more 'cept that if he hadn't joined the army the guy from Hoboken may have ended up selling brushes door to door! Also, Denny, who knew Johnny from way back, lets us hear a hilarious radio out take with Johnny and Helen Forrest - I guess they'd been partying.

The Red Mitchell Quartet played Cheek to Cheek with James Clay on tenor, Billy Higgins on drums, Lorraine  Geller on piano alongside Red on bass. It's a fine record although, I suspect, they may have been playing it slightly, dare I say it? tongue in cheek!

Diana Krall and I Was Doing Alright. They don't come much better than this. Nice guitar too although I'm not sure who it was.

When Denny announced Buddy Rich my first reaction was, Buddy? on a late night show? However, it was a small group with Harry Edison on trumpet, Barney Kessel on guitar and Buddy on brushes. You're Getting to be a Habit With me.

Mention Joe Williams and I automatically expect Every Day I Have the Blues but, this time it was Every Night and he didn't have the blues! Quite the opposite, he's speeding home to see his girl, gets stopped by a cop, "no I ain't been drinkin'" you know the scene.

Night Train by Jimmy Smith with Wes Montgomery on guitar hits the groove. Just right for late night but not if you're thinking of sleeping.

Tony Bennett - The Shadow of Your Smile. A classic song/recording and, what Bennett excels in, a perfect reading of the verse.

Finally, the  lullaby. Kenny Burrell and Last Night When We Were Young. My eyes closed on the final bar and I knew there'd be no nightmares tonight. 

Thank you Denny - Lance

Catch the show here.

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