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Bebop Spoken There

Michael League: "We flew back from Europe, and the second gig we [Snarky Puppy] did was in Arcata, California. There were two people. And one of them was the bartender." - (DownBeat December, 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!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

14806 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1074 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (Nov.24).

From This Moment On ...

November

Mon 28: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 28: Jeremy McMurray & Friends @ Billingham Catholic Club. 7:30pm. £5.00. at the door. A SVP fundraiser for Xmas food hampers.

Tue 29: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

Wed 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 30: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Wed 30: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 30: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 30: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

December
Thu 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 01: New York Jazz Night feat. Zoë Gilby @ The Keys, Yarm. 7:00pm. £30.00. (inc. meal). Tickets from Skiddle. Gilby w. Noel Dennis, Mark Williams & Andy Champion.
Thu 01: Bold Big Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Cluny 2.
Thu 01: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm. Paul Skerritt & James Harrison residency.
Thu 01: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 02: Swing Manouche @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 02: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 02: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 02: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 02: Durham University Big Band + Durham University Jazz Orchestra @ Kingsgate Bar, Durham Students' Union, Dunelm House, Durham. 7:00pm. £3.00. & £2.50. Fundraiser for Coppafeel.
Fri 02: Niffi Osiyemi Trio @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm.
Fri 02: Alligator Gumbo @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm. Xmas party.
Fri 02: Struggle Buggy's Almost Xmas Party @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sat 03: Jake Leg Jug Band @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 03: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Liane Carroll. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 03: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sat 03: Remi Harris & Tom Moore @ Amble Parish Hall, Northumberland. 7:30pm.
Sat 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. Xmas party.
Sat 03: Ray Johnson, Richard Herdman & Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Sun 04: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 04: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 04: Remi Harris & Tom Moore @ Bowes & Gilmonby Parish Hall, Co. Durham. 7:30pm.
Sun 04: Liane Carroll @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. adv., £12.00. door.
Sun 04: Let Spin + Ceitidh Mac @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Friday, August 20, 2021

The Joe Webb Trio @ the Lit & Phil - August 20

Joe Webb (piano); Dave Archer (guitar); Will Sach (bass).

The Nat Cole Trio may have begat the Oscar Peterson Trio but, in truth, the begating began with the Art Tatum Trio who set the formula for the piano, guitar, bass trio that was personified in a series of recordings in 1944 recreated here by the Joe Webb Trio at this latest lunchtime session at the Lit & Phil.

And it was some session! It's been a longtime since I witnessed a standing ovation but this afternoon's was well deserved of the honour.

The hour flew past almost as fast as Webb's fingers circumnavigated the intricacies of I Know That You Know - almost.

However, it wasn't all mere - did I say mere?! - fleet of finger stuff, there were also more relaxed moments such as on that lovely tune Deep Purple. Some of the endings were quirky but, upon reflection, usually logical.

The show moves down the road to Saltburn tonight - if you hurry you could just make it. In the meantime - come back soon*.

Tremendous - Lance

I Got Rhythm; Cocktails For Two; I Ain't Got Nobody; After You've Gone; Moonglow; Deep Purple; I Would do Anything For You; Liza; Tea For Two; Honeysuckle Rose; I Know That You Know; On the Sunny Side of the Street; Soft Winds; Flying Home.

*On a more sombre note, the following insert in the concert programme brought us down to earth:

The 'Friday Lunchtime Jazz at the Lit & Phil' concert programme is funded by you, its audience. Payment at the door on the day and online advance ticket purchases make possible the monthly concert series. The Lit & Phil's understandable response to the pandemic to impose a greatly reduced socially distanced capacity audience at events has had an adverse impact on the series' finances. However, all is not lost. On September 10 there will be a fundraising concert featuring Lindsay Hannon and Bradley Johnston. Their aptly named duo collaboration - Hand to Mouth - presents the music of Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass. Lindsay and Bradley are kindly giving their services free of charge. Please support the concert, bring along a friend, a full house would be just what Doctor Jazz ordered! One o'clock start, admission £7.00.

3 comments :

NeilC said...

It was just fabulous , the sheer skill of all three musicians was outstanding . Joe's playing makes some perhaps better known pianists look like they have four thumbs on each hand . It also demonstrated , although we already knew , what a great musician and composer Art Tatum was . I have to echo what Lance has said, it is imperative that people get behind these concerts to ensure that the Lit and Phil can continue to stage them lets hope one of the future ones marks a return of Joe Webb.

Sylvia Truscott said...

Absolutely outstanding….what an afternoon!….Well done Russell for booking such a huge talent…

Steve T said...

I didn't make it to the Lit and Phil but did make it to Saltburn, though not in time for the start and a well earned drink.
WOW. You ain't gettin far with Art Tatum if you ain't off the scale. We were in luck. My Art Tatum phase happened almost by accident and playing through those albums and reading the liner notes I was struck that he didn't seem to attract the same criticism as a comparable guitarist three decades later: that - despite the obvious brilliance - it was all just lots of random notes that didn't mean anything. Then I came across it.
There's a list I came across somewhere on the internet (so it must be right) that had Tatum as the greatest jazz artist ever and while I wouldn't go along with that at all, purely based on musicianship, you wouldn't bet against it.
If we ever get another government that doesn't correlate culture (and everything else) with wealth and privilege, the Culture Secretary should send this band out to every school: to show children what can be achieved, but also to warn them that - despite what they hear on the radio and people on the tele telling them they can do whatever they want - they ain't getting there without hours, days, months and years of hard work.

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