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Bebop Spoken There

Joe Farnsworth: "I have to say that jazz in New York will never die. It may seem like all the music happened 3,000 years ago, but, Charlie Parker, Billy Higgins, Max Roach and all the others are still here. You can feel their presence."- (DownBeat, January 2022)

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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.
Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST! --

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13858 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 77 of them this year alone and, so far, 77 this month (Jan. 23).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio + Knats @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. POSTPONED!

Tue 25: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 10:00am - 12 noon. Rehearsal session (open to the public) .
Tue 25: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Murray Wankling, Paul Grainger, King David Ike-Elechi.

Wed 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 26: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 26: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public). CANCELLED!
Wed 26: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm .
Wed 26: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 27: Tobias Sarra & John Garner @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm .
Thu 27: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 27: Knats’ Night: Knats + Swannek @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:30pm. Free.
Thu 27: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm. CANCELLED! .
Thu 27: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 28: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: Ian Millar & Dominic Spencer @ Bishop Middleham Village Hall, Ferryhill. 8:00pm. £10.00.
Fri 28: Struggle Buggy @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blues band.

Sat 29: Lindsay Hannon & Martin Douglas @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Life Drawing & Live Music. Enrol at: www.cobaltstudios.co.uk.

Sun 30 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 30: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 30: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 30: Hot Club du Nord @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 31: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Album review: Greg Abate Quartet - Time for Dave: A tribute to Dave Brubeck.

On Thursday Oct.28 I was hoping to attend Greg Abate’s first gig of his extensive UK tour at the Davenham Theatre, Cheshire and was looking forward to doing a review of the concert for Bebop Spoken Here. However, due to circumstances beyond my control, mainly terrible monsoon-like weather and dangerous road conditions I had to reluctantly abort my journey.

Fortunately Greg and the members of his backing trio made it to the theatre and the show went ahead as planned. See photo sent to me by Greg.

The next day I met up with Greg and asked him how things went and he told me it was a great gig and attracted an audience of seventy two to the small venue. Here are my thoughts on a CD that Greg recorded in 2013 and having just played it, it sounds a good as any of his later albums. 

Greg Abate (alto/soprano sax); Mike Levine (piano); Todd Baker or Dave Zinno (bass); Gary Johnson (drums)

I have always liked Brubeck. When I was a teenager I used to go to a local hop and the music was rock and roll or pop but the guy who played the records was a Brubeck fan and used to play lots of his music and of course that is when I got to hear the great Paul Desmond. Jazz at Oberlin was one I used to ask him to play and people danced to it!

Greg’s version of It’s a Raggy Waltz I like as he plays soprano on this. The supporting trio are all new names to me but they all do a fantastic job and the pianist Mike Levine in particular contributes some interesting solos   Dave Zinno plays bass on I Do Love You; Blue Moon and The Duke.

Dave in Rimouski is the only Abate composition and I must ask Greg about the significance of the intriguing title. The opening tune In Your Own Sweet Way has some great alto work and is further evidence that Greg Abate is a  bebopper beyond compare.

In Your Own Sweet Way; It’s A Raggy Waltz; Dave in Rimouski; I Do Love You;Take Five; Mr Broadway; Someday; Blue Moon; The Duke.

The next time Greg is up north will be Nov. 3 at the Lescar Sheffield. Tonight, barring mishaps I will be at the Railway, Stockport to catch drummer Tim Franks’ Quartet. Mike Farmer

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