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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. 4:00pm (this week only). 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. SOLD OUT!
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.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

The Tenement Jazz Band @ the Prohibition Bar, Newcastle - Sept. 10

(Photo © Kaveh Emami)

Chuck Deerness (trumpet); Paddy Darley (trombone); Steven Feast (reeds); John Youngs (banjo, guitar); Simon Toner (bass)

I've heard this Edinburgh based band several times over the past few years and, to my jaded jazz ears, this was the best yet - suddenly those jaded jazz ears of mine weren't jaded at all! 

Front man Youngs announced the music as trad jazz. Traditional jazz yes, trad jazz no! There is a difference.

I've heard very few bands that can deliver such an infectious rhythm as these guys do - and without a drummer. Certainly the swing dancers didn't seem bothered by the absence of metronomic thumps on the bass drum.

Although they included numbers by King Oliver  and Bunk Johnson, the feel was that of the white Chicagoans - the Austin High School Gang no less with maybe a dash of Freddy Randall and Alex Welsh added for good measure.

The presence of the swing dancers added to the ambience giving the gig a sort of 1930s' party atmosphere driven along by trumpet ace Deerness who, in the words of one of the pundits present, kept it all together. He certainly did that.

Feast played some tasty tenor reminiscent of early Bud Freeman and got a lovely sound on clarinet - a Backun Canadian made instrument that was a new name to me. I was impressed.

On trombone and odd socks Darley blew like Ory with the occasional suggestion of, say, Lou McGarity.

Leader Youngs alternated between banjo and guitar. On the former instrument he sounded like all players of the former instrument do but, on the latter, he played some delightful chordal solos that  would surely have been given an approving nod by George Barnes or Roly Veitch.

Bassist Toner has been in and out of the band since its formation and tonight he was back in playing as well as ever and occasionally sawing away with the bow which is rare with bands playing in this idiom.

Their workload was tremendous. I had to leave after a couple of hours (with short interval) to catch the bus and, I'm told, they played another five tunes!

It was good to meet up again Kaveh Emami who kindly sent me some photos which I've collated herealong with some he sent me a few years ago. Lance

* More vintage photos from Kaveh.

Dusty Rag; Barataria; Snake Rag; Out of Nowhere; Some of These Days; The Minstrel Man; Chlo-e; Someday You'll be Sorry; Big Chief Battleaxe; At a Georgia Camp Meeting; She's Crying For me; The Kinklets; Hey! What's the Matter Now?; Bouncin' Around; Till we Meet Again (Smile Awhile); The Lively Rag; You're Driving me Crazy + Maria Elena; That Teasin' Rag; Copenhagen; Weary Blues; The Old Rugged Cross.

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