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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)

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! --

Postage

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.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Book: Michael Connelly - Void Moon.

Although not part of the Harry Bosch series of novels, Void Moon still has a jazz feel to it. It's a casino heist caper set in Las Vegas that certainly has the edge on the various reincarnations of Ocean's Eleven although, given the setting, Sinatra is often mentioned and the only jazz reference is somebody wearing a hat and trying to look like Art Pepper. When a guy was being shot and buried in the desert, I did think about Wardell Gray.

But Connelly's jazz isn't in the name-dropping, it's in the writing. You sense it in the dialogue, the structured plotting - as complex as a Gil Evans orchestration - the characters as individual as the various Ellington soloists.

Chandler, Hammett, Thompson, Woolrich, Spillane all walked down the mean streets without indication that they knew a yardbird from a game bird although they did meet up with a few of the latter.

The point I'm coming to, apart from mentioning that this is one helluva book is that, like it or not, jazz is the supreme American artform even if not every American realises it. As such, although European, Latin, Asian and African musicians have produced many outstanding jazz moments, at the root, they are dialects.

Admittedly, with globalisation, the gaps are becoming closer but the spoken language is the big giveaway. Talk to northeast American expatriate trumpet player Dave Weisser for the first time and be given the option of deciding if he was (a) teacher (b) doctor or (c) jazz musician you'd opt for (c). With, say, someone who'd just been awarded an Arts Council Grant (or similar) you may not have been so sure. The gist of this is that the American drawl, whether northern or southern, suggests music be it jazz, country, rock or blues. Likewise English, German, French, Italian etc. their musical identities are defined by symphonies and operas and their actual manner of speech tends to go along with it although, in fairness, they all have indigenous jazz musicians of their own capable of making it on the international stage.

The gist of all this is that Michael Connelly writes like a jazz musician plays - full of surprises - Lance

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