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Bebop Spoken There

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)

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

13,698 (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.

Monday, September 13, 2021

Suzanne Fonseca Quartet @ The Railway, Stoockport - Sept. 12

Suzanne Fonseca (trombone); Adrian Wilkinson (clarinet, tenor sax); Gavin Barras  (bass); Robin Dewhurst (piano).

It was a rainy night in Stockport, but it didn’t matter as the regular jazz fans were out in force and ready for their Sunday night jazz therapy. The last time Suzanne played here on August 15 she had a line-up of guitar, bass and drums but this time it was piano bass, no drummer and, of course, Adrian Wilkinson on reeds.

Robin Dewhurst is one of the best pianists around this area and he likes to play the house upright which he did on this occasion. He makes it sound like a concert grand and his style reminds me of the late, great, pianist Junior Mance who I heard live many times.   

In the absence of a drummer that superb bass player Gavin Barras did a great job keeping the time together and it was good to see him back in action after the lockdown.

The opening number was In a Mellow Tone and featured Adrian Wilkinson blowing that instrument most beloved of tenor saxophonists - the Selmer Mk VI - and this got the evening off to a good start with a kind of a mainstream vibe happening.

Fonseca made me think of Jack Teagarden tonight, especially during her solo on Misty, in my opinion one of the greatest tunes ever written.  Suzanne always ends her gigs by playing Bésame Mucho, not sure why but maybe I’ll ask her next time I see her.  One tune that wasn’t announced had me puzzled until I remembered a CD of Stan Getz playing it - Shine. Come to think of it, none of the tunes were announced but I don’t think the audience were too bothered about that.   All in all, a great gig!   

Tomorrow at the Railway (Sept. 14) it’s  the  Paul Hartley Guitar Quartet featuring Andrzej Baranek on piano. Mike Farmer.

In a Mellow Tone; Bernie’s Tune; Misty; Have You Met Miss Jones?; Don’t Get Around Much Anymore; Bag’s Groove; Shine ; Caravan; If I Had You; Honeysuckle Rose; You’re Getting to be a Habit With Me; September in the Rain; Bésame Mucho.

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