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Bebop Spoken There

Roseanna Vitro: "Have you ever tried singing a bridge to a Charlie Parker song? It just looks like the craziest thing in the world to me.'" - (DownBeat, January 2022)

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! --

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13848 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 67 of them this year alone and, so far, 67 this month (Jan. 20).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.
Sat 22: Ian Millar & Dominic Spencer @ Hamsteels Community Centre, Esh Winning. 8:00pm. £10.00.

Sun 23 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 23: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 23: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

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). .
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 @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Knats + guests. .
Thu 27: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm. CANCELLED! .
Thu 27: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Billy Hart Quartet @ Ronnie Scott's - Oct 12

Billy Hart (drums); Mark Turner (tenor sax); Ethan Iverson (piano); Ben Street (double bass)

As travel restrictions eased, veteran drummer Billy Hart flew across the Atlantic with his all-star quartet to fulfill an engagement at Ronnie Scott's. Hart has worked with just about everyone, from Miles Davis to Stan Getz, Marian McPartland to Wes Montgomery and a whole lot more. Here on Frith Street one sensed he had nothing to prove. 

Hart asked Ronnie's patrons if they had heard of him, saying he didn't know anyone in the audience! And with that, Hart's quartet opened with Ethan Iverson's tribute to fellow pianist Hampton Hawes, South Hampton. The composer's multi-layered piece set off in one direction before being swiftly redirected by the band leader's mischievous, propulsive drumming. And this was to be the pattern for a set of some seventy five minutes. If some in the audience didn't know Billy Hart, the man himself knew who he was and is! 

Hart the composer presented Song for Balkis, describing it as a 'tone poem', a reflective, abstract piece afforded great respect by saxophonist Mark Turner pianist Ethan Iverson and bassist Ben Street. Turner himself contributed two, as yet untitled, compositions embracing intense, focused sections and more freely interpreted elements. The Duchess revealed Hart's lyrical side with Iverson and Street developing a glorious, slow tempo, Monk-like swing feel.

The Billy Hart Quartet is a somewhat different beast to some of the drum legend's other projects. The Cookers' appearances at Sage Gateshead presented a full on hard bop programme, here at Ronnie's, Hart had other ideas. All of the material was composed by either Hart, Turner or Iverson,  the quartet perfectly at ease performing one another's charts. 

Octogenarian Billy Hart shows no signs of slowing down. Expect the man to make many return visits to Ronnie Scott's. Russell     

Set list: South Hampton (comp. E. Iverson); Song for Balkis (comp. B. Hart); Untitled (comp. M. Turner); The Duchess (comp. B. Hart); Layla-Joy (comp. B. Hart); Untitled (comp. M. Turner). 

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