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Bebop Spoken There

Maurice J. Summerfield: "Over dinner one night Barney [Kessel] told me about his seminar The Effective Guitarist, and in 1972 my company presented the first of twelve annual UK seminars in Newcastle upon Tyne." - (Just Jazz Guitar, September 1997)

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

15087 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 106 of them this year alone and, so far, 4 this month (Feb. 1).

From This Moment On ...

February

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Rivkala @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sun 05: Jive Aces @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 05: Dale Storr @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 05: Jam No.13 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students alike).

Mon 06: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 07: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums). Jam session reverts to a first & third Tuesday in the month schedule.

Wed 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 08: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Free. TBC.
Wed 08: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 08: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 08: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 09: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 09: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00.
Thu 09: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 10: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 10: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller's Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00.

Sunday, September 05, 2021

Sunday Night @ The Globe: The Peter Morgan Trio - Sept. 5

Peter Morgan (piano); Vilda Kuby (bass); Paul Campbell (drums)

Peter Morgan, away from his duties as MD of the Customs House Big Band, played a couple of interesting sets at the Globe as indeed he did earlier this year in February during one of the lockdowns as part of the Jazz Co-op's ongoing livestreams that, ultimately, led to them picking up a couple of prestigious awards for their efforts.

The Globe, like BSH, didn't throw in the towel when all around were heading for the hills but followed the traditional show biz maxim that The Show Must Go On!

And, like it or not, jazz is, or should be if it wants to survive, show business and Peter Morgan knows that which is why he always endeavours to bring the audience into the act with his often amusing introductions to numbers - both verbally and musically.

As I said earlier, these were an interesting two sets and, on this occasion, I say interesting without any hidden undertones.

The intros and endings were obviously cleverly crafted but, with some hard swinging in between and, frequently, surprising changes of tempo.

The three Bs were omnipresent - Brubeck, Bird and Bach - with JSB turning up on Autumn Leaves via some contrapuntal passages twixt Morgan and Kuby which seemed to contradict the announcement that they'd updated the tune. Perhaps they took the long way round and came in via the Bach door (I'll never live that one down!) Nevertheless, it was very effective.

This is not your average piano, bass and drums trio - there's a lot of imagination in there along with a few of Morgan's originals that he hoped we'd be whistling on the way home.

I once commented that we no longer heard compositions that we could whistle on the way home and was duly mocked for such heretic thoughts by one of the local jazz pundits to the extent that I've kept my lips tightly closed when heading home from a gig ever since  - until tonight. Now, how did that last one go? Got it!

An enjoyable gig - Lance

ps: The Peter Morgan Trio are at The Prohibition Bar on October 8.

pps: Bass and drums were never less than perfect.

There Will Never be Another You; Skylark; Autumn Leaves; It's a Raggy Waltz; Jo Jo (original); A Dam Sa Moi (original); Ornithology; I Remember Clifford; Cute; I'm Beginning to See the Light; In a Capricornian Way (Woody Shaw); Willow Weep For Me; Silhouette (Q); Five Times as Good (original); On a Roll (original); My One and Only Love; Shuffle That (original); All Blues.

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