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JD Allen: "...art in itself is now a luxury that you need a lot of finances to do." - (DownBeat October 2021)

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

13,822 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1239 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 18).

From This Moment On ...

October

Mon 18: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 18: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Wed 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 20: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 20: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 20: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 8:00pm.

Thu 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 21: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra.
Thu 21: Alter Ego @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle 7:30pm.
Thu 21: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 21: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 22: Mick Shoulder Quartet @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Quartet featuring Alex Clarke (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist).
Fri 22: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: Paul Edis Trio w Ruth Lambert @ St Cuthbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 22: Michael Feinstein @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 22: Peter Morgan Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 23: Mary Coughlan @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 23: Têtes de Pois @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 24 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 24: Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 24: Milne Glendinning Band @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Emmet Cohen Trio @ Ronnie Scott's - Oct. 13

Emmet Cohen (piano); Yasushi Nakamura (double bass); Kyle Poole (drums) + Ruben Fox (tenor sax)

For more than a year Emmet Cohen has been streaming concerts on a weekly basis from his New York City apartment. Live from Emmet's Place has become required viewing. Now, as international travel has become somewhat easier, pianist Cohen is once again on the road. A European tour itinerary included a stop off at Ronnie Scott's. Turning onto Frith Street a queue stretched out onto the pavement for the first of two houses. The sense of anticipation was palpable, people had been waiting a long time for this moment.

Cohen received a hero's welcome and that was before our man played a note! Fellow NYC residents Yasushi Nakamura and Kyle Poole are accompanying Cohen on this European trip and they too were made to feel right at home. Wow! Were we really about to hear these guys play? Dreams can come true! Online from NYC Cohen made it look so easy, same thing here at Ronnie's. The Frith Street faithful whooped and hollered, including Trinity Laban students there to hear one of the great pianists of our time. 

Cohen was the big attraction but, boy, Nakamura and Poole are themselves box office material. Tin Tin Deo dazzled with the trio's musicianship out of this world, Nakamura's solo had to be heard to be believed. Bud Powell's I'll Keep Loving You, Horace Silver's The Back Beat, the suggestion of a lineage was all too apparent. Uptempo numbers incorporating innumerable, fleeting quotes...Duke, a hint of Monk, the facility of Oscar P, the elegance of Shearing, was that Somewhere over the? No matter, it's gone, no time to think, all of it quite breathtaking. The trio couldn't have been tighter, the result of countless hours working together, Nakamura and Poole (a master of the brushes) negotiating every twist and turn in the arrangements. Listening to the Emmet Cohen Trio like this was an absolute privilege. 

Cohen spoke about his NYC based musician friends. One of them, Ruben Fox, emerged from Tomorrow's Warriors and numerous Late Shows here at Ronnie's before relocating to the Big Apple. The pandemic saw Fox return to London. Cohen remarked he hadn't seen his friend for something like eighteen months...until this evening. Yes, Ruben Fox, tenor sax in hand, joined Emmet, Yasushi and Kyle to close the show. Jimmy McHugh's Don't Blame Me featured Fox's exquisite, breathy Ben Webster-like tenor. 

It had been a fabulous early show. As the audience made its way out onto the street, second house ticket holders were queueing at the door. They were in for a treat - Russell

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