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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.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Mornington Lockett Quartet + Henry Lowther @ the 606 Club - Sept. 18

Mornington Lockett (tenor sax); Henry Lowther (trumpet, flugel); Gareth Williams (piano); Geoff Gascoyne (bass); Mark Fletcher (drums).

Another belter from the 606. When the above five musicians get together the sparks fly. The two horn players offer contrasting styles that complement (and compliment) each other. Lockett, the musical machine gun leaving no note unplayed. Lowther, the more reflective - he's Miles to Mornington's Coltrane - together they gel.

The livestreamed first set began as a quartet and an unusual choice - Mr Sandman. However, without the banal words, it's a good tune to blow on with Lockett cleverly incorporating The Chordettes' intro in between choruses prompting him afterwards to quote an imaginary Ronnie Scott quip: "That was a number by The Chordettes, next a one by The Red Arrows!"

Lowther joined for a number called Short Story, he maybe 80 year old but it certainly doesn't show in his playing. He doesn't shoot for the moon, he never did, never needed to. Like Miles and Chet he can say it all within a couple of octaves and, unlike Mornington, the Jazz Police will never accuse him of speeding in a built up jazz area.

His lyricism came to the fore in a rather beautiful feature - It Never Entered my Mind. Richard Rodgers wrote it, Miles recorded it and Henry (on flugel) did them proud.

Joe Henderson's Serenity, driven on by Mark Fletcher and steadied by Gascoyne also had an excellent solo by Gareth Williams who had been doing just that from the get go.

Time for a Mornington ballad feature. You Don't Know What Love is proved that he can be a very soulful player as well as a technical tearaway.  

The stream was taken out with Cape Verdean Blues.

The Horace Silver samba caused them to overrun their time but I wasn't complaining and nor, I guess, were those in the club and they had a second set to look forward to. Lance

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