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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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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.

Saturday, September 04, 2021

To clap or not to clap ...

 ... That is the question or, to be more precise, do we applaud solos or do we make like the squares (pardon the jargon but I've just been looking through some early editions of DownBeat) who think of a cat as a feline friend (or otherwise) and wait until the final bar as they would do if they'd survived a Wagnerian opus?

My mother, God rest her soul, was horrified when she heard me playing a recording from a live concert and the audience applauding after a solo - "How uncouth" she said, although I did have to remind her that, after a crowd pleasing rendition of an aria in one of her beloved Verdi's operas, they would often reprise the aria.

There are no reprises in jazz - at least not until the next gig in a different venue - when the solo could be better or worse or the same and, maybe receive a better or worse or the same response.

Going back in time, the fans applauded if they felt the solo was worthy of it. Invariably the ones who got the most acclaim were drummers, honking sax players and high note trumpet men. They knew how to work a room and the audience responded.

Also, in the better places the applause came from more subtle, more lyrical solos. However, as applause became seemingly obligatory the bands themselves began to demand it in case it wasn't spontaneously forthcoming.

I recall reading in an old Jazz Journal of Gerry Mulligan's then partner, Judy Holliday, standing at the side of the stage exhorting the crowd to applaud.

The Alex Welsh Band also had an annoying habit of when, after a solo, the leader would shout out to the crowd - "Make him happy" irrespective of how unhappy the soloist had made the audience feel. In fairness, of course, it was a rare occasion when any of the band's soloists did make anyone unhappy!

However, the point I'm making is that, if the solo is good enough, the crowd will respond. In fact it's an insult to both the player and to the listener.  If the player's solo is good enough then he know's what it's worth. If the listeners have to be geed-up then it's a reflection on them and maybe they're at the wrong gig.

Just thinkin'... Lance 


Hugh said...

I do sometimes wonder whether to clap if there are a succession of short solos by different musicians. There is the risk, perhaps, of the applause for one solo masking the audience's appreciation of the following solo.

Anonymous said...

Applause is the sweetest sound for an artist so the more the merrier.

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