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Bebop Spoken There

Emma Rawicz: "I'm at a place where I'm really happy, but why stop there? Okay isn't really good enough." - (Jazzwise November 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! --

Postage

13,645 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1264 of them this year alone and, so far, 91 this month (Oct. 27).

From This Moment On ...

October

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 31: Spooky Jazz @ The Shed, Wylam Library..
6:00-7:30pm. Free, collection for Parkinson's UK.
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

November

Mon 01: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 03: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 03: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 03: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 03: Washboard Resonators @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Monday, August 30, 2021

Sunday Night Jazz @ the Globe: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston - August 29

James Birkett, Bradley Johnston (guitars)

A beautiful gig and not an effect pedal in sight. No fuzz boxes, wah-wahs, cry babies or distortion units of any kind. Just two Ibanez jazz guitars in the hands of two master practitioners of the art.

The empathy between the two players was pure magic. Two like-minded guitarists on the same wavelength. When one soloed the other provided chordal accompaniment, or maybe a supportive bass-line. There were contrapuntal passages, breathtakingly accurate unison readings of a theme - Swing 42 being a typical example - two playing as one. Ok, perhaps well-rehearsed but that didn't detract from the impact on the listeners.

The material varied ranging from the early pioneers such as Eddie Lang, Carl Kress and Lonnie Johnson through to Luis Bonfá and Pat Metheny via, natch!, Django.

The room loved it! Everyone responding with whoops and hollers and handclaps that were anything but slow.

Naturally an encore was called for and we, or rather they got it. I had a bus to catch so I missed the encore but I didn't miss the bus - without me the 27 bus line would close!

Once again, the Jazz Co-op has come up with the goods - its strike rate is close on 100% - Lance

Blues For BJ ;  Wave; Stringin' the Blues; Polka Dots and Moonbeams; Swing 42; Always and Forever; Skating in Central Park; Suite No. 4; Stagefright; Metheny Medley; Django's Castle; Chicken à la Swing; Doxy: Spain.

There was also a blues by Lonnie Johnson and a Luis Bonfá number - the titles of both escaped me. The encore, I'm told, was Alfie (not Alfie's Theme).

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