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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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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.
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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.

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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