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Pat Thomas: “He’s definitely one to watch, he's going to be a breath of fresh air for the jazz scene. What I like is he [Xhosa Cole] plays like Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins - you don't hear anybody come from that. He knows tunes like "Fried Bananas" by Dexter Gordon and he can play free as well." - (The Wire September 2021)

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'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

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Postage

13,698 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Sept. 17).

From This Moment On ...

September

Fri 17: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: Abbie Finn's Finntet @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington. 8:00pm.

Sat 18: Baghdaddies @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 18: David Gray Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 19: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 19: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Westbourne Road, Hartlepool TS25 5RB. 1:00pm. South Durham Social Club aka Steelworks or Steelies. New venue for Teesside's premier big band.
Sun 19: Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 19: Green Tangerines + Knats @ Punch Bowl Hotel, Newcastle. 3:30pm.
Sun 19: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 20: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public)
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Celebrating TITTB's 20th anniversary & Dave Weisser's forthcoming birthday! Limited gig tickets (£1.00.). Free live stream. www.jazz.coop.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall 8:00pm. .
Thu 23: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside, Gateshead. 8:30pm. .

Fri 24: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: FILM: Jazz on a Summer's Day + Swing Bridge Trio (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 7:00pm.

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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