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Bebop Spoken There

Charles Lloyd: "I'm raring to go out to play, because I know I'll find something to explain the inexplicable." (DownBeat August 2022)

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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.
Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST! -- Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

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14438 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 716 of them this year alone and, so far, 13 this month (August 6).

From This Moment On ...

August

Wed 10: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 10: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Wed 10: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 10: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 10: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 11: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 11: Baghdaddies @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. Time TBC.
Thu 11: Indigo Jazz Voices: Little Big Band Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. POSTPONED!
Thu 11: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests Donna Hewitt (sax) Josh Bentham (sax) Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 12: Ben Gilbert Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm.
Fri 12: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 12: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 12: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sun 14: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 14: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm.
Sun 14: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ West Park, South Shields. 2:00pm.
Sun 14: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 14: Anth Purdy @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Sun 14: Sunday Night Am Jam Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Note start time.

Mon 15: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 15: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

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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