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Lakecia Benjamin: "From my early days with Clark Terry, he told me 'they see you before they hear you'... I'm just not from that school of thought where I'm gonna wear my jeans and T-shirt on stage and that's going to be respectable." - (Jazzwise, February 2023)

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!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Live from Emmet's Place - Nov. 1

Emmet Cohen (piano); Russell Hall (double bass); Kyle Poole (drums); Evan Christopher (clarinet); Jon-Erik Kellso (trumpet)

Pianist Emmet Cohen has been streaming Monday evening gigs from his NYC apartment for something like eighteen months. A European tour, stopping off at Ronnie Scott's, didn't interrupt the ongoing series. Cohen, bassist Russell Hall and drummer Kyle Poole are as good a working unit as any and the week to week addition of a guest or two helps to keep things fresh. This week's episode featuring guests Evan Christopher and Jon-Erik Kellso would more than meet expectations. 

The trio kicked off with a blinding take on two Monk numbers, the titles of which escaped your reviewer. No matter, this was the best thing since...since...Emmet Cohen's last live stream! Absolutely out of this world musicianship, how they do it is beyond mere mortals. And then, a first time meeting between clarinetist Evan Christopher and our host Cohen, working alongside New York resident trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso. I Surrender Dear (comp. Harry Barris) and I'm Getting Sentimental Over You (comp. Ned Washington) introduced Cohen's top flight guests. As the session developed, Christopher's ebullience came to the fore, Kellso the more reserved character but no less engaging. A brace of Fats Waller - Jitterbug Waltz (stretching way beyond the composer's original conception) and Keepin' Out of Mischief Now - gave all five musicians the opportunity to show what they could do, not least an animated Kyle Poole who sure was having fun!  

Cohen's trio and guests appeared to have an encyclopedic knowledge of the set list, whatever the tune, they were right at home playing it. Live from Emmet's Place is one of the few upsides of the pandemic. How long Cohen will continue to stream gigs is anyone's guess. Catch them while you can - Mondays or catch up anytime on YouTube. Russell                     

Set list included: Thelonious Monk; I Surrender DearI'm Getting Sentimental Over YouWild Man BluesJitterbug WaltzKeepin' Out of Mischief NowRussian LullabyRockin' ChairWhen I Grow Too Old to Dream   

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