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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)

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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'"

The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.
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Postage

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 ...

September

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. www.jazz.coop.

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.

Friday, August 27, 2021

Live from Emmet's Place Vol. 67 - August 23

Emmet Cohen (piano); Russell Hall (double bass); Kyle Poole (drums) + Samara Joy (vocals); Julius Rodriguez (piano); TJ Reddick (drums)

It wasn't too long ago when someone quipped: Do you remember live gigs? Now, as things begin to return to something like 'normal', perhaps the question should be: Do you remember live streams? Of course some musicians continue to stream gigs, it's likely some will do so long into the future, particularly if the revenue stream doesn't tail off. One immensely successful weekly stream is Live at Emmet's Place. This week's edition - # 67 in the series - presented pianist Emmet Cohen's trio with one or two special guests.

As pianists go, NYC based Cohen* has to be up there with the best of them. Astounding technique, swinging it at the drop of a hat, Cohen's trio - bassist Russell Hall and drummer Kyle Poole - is one tight unit. Cohen's very nice looking apartment is home to his weekly online concert presentation. And it is a professionally produced package with its four camera set up (at times split screen), excellent sound and...there's a Steinway piano at our pianist's disposal! 

Two instrumental numbers opened the show - one by Thelonious Monk and one by Bud Powell. Quite simply, tremendous! The following ninety minutes or so would feature a singular talent, Ms Samara Joy**. A recent graduate of Purchase College, New York, Joy is an astonishing performer. In her early twenties, our vocalist is in possession of impeccable chops and a rapidly developing stage
presence, no doubt honed by recent European concert dates with Cohen. 

I'm Old Fashioned sang Joy. No way is Ms Joy old fashioned but she sure does know the GASbook! Keepin' Out of Mischief NowNostalgiaToo Close for Comfort and a whole lot more, Samara Joy is, by way of Sarah Vaughan, the 'real deal'. 

Two of Juilliard's exceptional students came along to sit in. Cohen vacated the piano stool to allow Julius Rodriguez to show what he could do. The fact the young man has recently signed a recording contract with Verve Records suggests he is the business, and he sure is! What a great player with Blow Top Blues a particular highlight. Drummer TJ Reddick made a big impression earlier this year working on one of Rossano Sportiello's Live from the Flat live streams, and he did the exact same thing here at Emmet's Place. Volume 67 of Emmet Cohen's weekly stream is recommended viewing. Catch up on YouTube, you won't believe how good Samara Joy and the guys are!

* Emmet Cohen plays Ronnie Scott's on Wednesday 13 October.
  
** Samara Joy appears at Ronnie Scott's on Monday 8 November. An added bonus is Ms Joy will be accompanied by the brilliant guitarist Pasquale Grasso. Russell
     
Set list: Teo; Tempus FugitI'm Old FashionedKeepin' Out of Mischief NowIf This Isn't LoveI Got it Bad and That Ain't GoodNostalgiaYesterdaysHeartbreak Here I ComeCan't Get Out of this MoodToo Close for Comfort'Round MidnightBlow Top BluesStardust; If You Never Fall in Love with Me  

1 comment :

Ron Ainsborough said...

Russell I watched this from start to finish and surely Samara Joy is up there near the top of best jazz singer list (not that the list should really exist ).
We all know about Emmet Cohen trio being first call in NYC and beyond and I concur 100% with your review.
I thought this was one of the best sessions from the 5th floor venue, namely Emmet's flat, Samara Joy is absolute class . Having said that, the other 66 sessions are all very close to this set.

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