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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! --


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 ...


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.

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.

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

The Derrick Harris Trio @ The Railway, Stockport - August 31

Derrick Harris (guitar); Jez Platt (keyboards); Paul Smith (drums)

Although the flyer had the group listed as a quartet, it was in fact a trio. However, no one amongst the assembled jazz aficionados seemed to mind as the musicians turned in a fine performance on a very interesting selection of tunes. Harris is a self-confessed fan of the late great guitarist Wes Montgomery and the sound of his trio reminded me of an album by Montgomery that featured Melvin Rhyne on organ and which I now wish I hadn’t sold.

Jez Platt and Paul Smith did a great job in support of Harris on some challenging material which included tunes written by Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, John Schofield, Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, Duke Pearson. and Wes Montgomery.   Derrick also included an original of his own called Zig Zag.

Thoughts about the gig. It was good to hear some tunes that not many people play, like the opening number, Victor Young’s Street of Dreams. The tune Lawn was introduced as being a Carla Bley composition which I hadn’t heard before.  I enjoyed hearing Horace Silver’s Ecaroh again, it sounded good on guitar.  

Derrick Harris lives in Leeds, Jez Platt has recently moved to the Lake District and I think Paul Smith lives in the Huddersfield area. I hope they made it home OK and return to the Railway before too long.

Next gig at the Railway is on Sunday September 5 with the Frank Griffith Quartet. Mike Farmer

Street of Dreams; Shiny Stockings; One Morning in May; For Minors Only; Fried Pies; Zig Zag; I’ll Catch You; Ecaroh; If You Could See me Now; Twisted; Blues Chant; Lawn; Pent-up House; Groovelation..

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