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Bebop Spoken There

Donald Harrison: "Eddie [Henderson] can play the hardest music effortlessly; things people are afraid of he plays like it's nothing."- (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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13862 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 81 of them this year alone and, so far, 81 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

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. 7:30pm. 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.CANCELLED!

Sat 29: Lindsay Hannon & Martin Douglas @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Life Drawing & Live Music. Enrol at: www.cobaltstudios.co.uk.
.Sat 29: Anarchy Brew Co. 10 Year Birthday Beer Bash @ Anarchy Brew Co, Benfield, Newcastle. £6.00. All day event. Line-up inc. Washboard Resonators (5:00-6:30pm). Tickets: www.ticketweb.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.

February 2022

Tue 01: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 10:00am - 12 noon. Rehearsal session (open to the public).

Wed 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 02: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 02: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 02: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 02: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 03: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 03: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ LIVE Concerts at Home. 1:15pm. A Newcastle University online only event.
Thu 03: John Williamson Trio @ Durham University (Music Dept.). 7:30pm. £5.00.
Thu 03: Chris Farlowe w Norman Beaker Band + Teresa Watson Band @ Newcastle Labour Club. 7:30pm. An evening of rhythm & blues.
Thu 03: Knats @ Daniel Farm Shop & Tea Rooms, Wylam. 8:15pm. £18.00. (inc. food from 7:00pm). A Wylam Winter Tales Festival event. SOLD OUT!
Thu 03: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 03: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Monday, November 08, 2021

Album review: Alvin Queen Trio - Night Train to Copenhagen

Calle Brickman (piano); Tobias Dall Mikkelsen (bass); Alvin Queen (drums).

A Swedish pianist, a Danish bassist and a Swiss, American born, drummer met up in a recording  studio in Elsinore in March this year and boy am I pleased that they did!

Queen was the drummer with Oscar Peterson's last trio so it probably isn't surprising that he decided to record a couple of tribute albums to the great pianist. What is surprising is that it took him so long (Peterson died in 2007). Perhaps he waited until he found the right musicians for the sessions. If that was the case then it was certainly worth the wait.

The first album: O.P. - A Tribute to Oscar Peterson was also recorded in Denmark and had Zier Romme Larsen on piano and Ida Hvid on bass. This was in 2018.

I've only heard snatches of that first album but, good as they are, Night Train to Copenhagen has the edge - not least because of the material which is drawn from two of Oscar's most well known albums, Night Train and We Get Requests.

Back in the day, Sweden was the undisputed capital of European jazz with musicians such as Lars Gullin, Bengt Hallberg and Arne Domnérus, to mention but three, recording with various Americans who were passing through. In Calle Brickman we have a pianist who is up there with them - maybe beyond. Certainly the young man puts his own stamp on the choice selection of standards, modern jazz classics, a Danish folk song and an original by producer Niels Lan Doky.

Likewise, Denmark's place in the jazz pantheon has also always been at the forefront. Many American musicians made there home there and one of the world's great bass players, the late NHOP was a one time member of the Peterson Trio. With Tobias Lan Mikkelson on bass, his legacy is in good hands.

Alvin Queen, not only holds it all together but ensures that it swings. This isn't mere lip service but something that takes Peterson's work - I won't say to a greater level as no one could do that - to a glimpse of where it might have been had he still been with us.

One thing is sure, Oscar Peterson would have been so proud of what Alvin and his two young sidemen have done with his music. Lance.


Available Nov. 19 on Stunt Records.

Have You Met Miss Jones?;Bags Groove; I Got it Bad (and That Ain't Good); Farewell Song; Quiet Nights; Days of Wine and Roses; Goodbye JD; Tranquility in the Woods; D & E; Georgia on my Mind; Night Train; C Jam Blues; People; Moten Swing; Some Other Time.

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