Total Pageviews

Bebop Spoken There

Charles Lloyd: "I'm raring to go out to play, because I know I'll find something to explain the inexplicable." (DownBeat August 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! -- Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"


14454 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 732 of them this year alone and, so far, 30 this month (August 11).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 15: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 15: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Tue 16: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).

Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 18: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 18: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 18: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Bridge Hotel, Newcastle. Strictly Smokin’ Big Band. 7:00pm. Free (four-day festival ticket £40.00.).
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Dan Johnson (sax); Josh Bentham (sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Ron Smith (bass)

Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Harry Keeble Duo + Northern Monkey Brass Band. £15.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.).
Fri 19: Mo Scott @ The Millstone, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Scott w Gary Dunn, Neil Harland & Paul Smith.

Sat 20: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Riviera Effect + Alter Ego + Graham Hardy Quartet + Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie + Ivo Neame Quartet. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.).
Sat 20: Anth Purdy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Sun 21 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 21: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Lindsay Hannon & Alan Law + Knats + David Gray’s Flextet + Ben Gilbert Trio + Emma Rawicz. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.).
Sun 21: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.

Sunday, July 03, 2022

Spats Langham's Hot Fingers with Emily Campbell @ Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club - July 2

Spats Langham (guitar, banjo, ukulele, vocals); Danny Blyth (guitar, mandolin, clarinet, bass clarinet, harmonica, vocals); Malcolm Sked (double bass, tuba); Emily Campbell (vocals)

Almost four years to the day, Spats Langham's Hot Fingers returned to St Augustine's Parish Centre to play to an expectant full house. Mr Langham is a popular chap in Darlington, attracting fans from all parts...Darlington, Norton, Tyneside and Florida. Yes, this Saturday lunchtime concert was introduced by the Hot Fingers' leader as: A truly International Gathering. And with our American friend in the audience it was fitting that much of the material performed over two sets originated on the other side of the Atlantic. 

Popular songs of the day (essentially from the twenties/thirties), jazz, blues and more entertained an on-side crowd. Vo-Do-Do-De-o Blues opened the show, quickly followed by Patrol Wagon Blues, Langham (variously guitar, banjo and vocals) and co hit the ground running. Jelly Roll Morton's My Home is in a Southern Town featured Langham on banjo, on the final chorus turning to his band mates to cue them in on an effective stop chorus.

Oscar Alemán's Melancholia as an instrumental (Langham setting it up with a thumbnail sketch of the Argentinian composer's influence on jazz guitar, not least his friend Django Reinhardt) went down well with the Larchfield Road audience. From popular song and jazz to the blues as Langham, a big Leadbelly fan, recalled meeting Ken Colyer as a young boy. Colyer the revivalist, on learning of Langham's interest said simply: Leadbelly is the truth! And off went Colyer, last seen heading to the bar. And so Langham sang, accompanied by Danny Blyth's harmonica, In the Pines.

It was time to introduce the 'Cotswold Canary'. Langham welcomed to the stage Emily Campbell to sing the first of several numbers, When I Get Low, I Get High. The Ella connection (Chick Webb) continued with an early career Fitzgerald number, Have Another Guess, between times singing a spirited St Louis Blues

The second set opened with Emily Campbell, gong in hand, recreating a song recorded by Louis Armstrong, Shanghai Shuffle. If anyone doubted the multi-talented Hot Fingers, this number and many others in the set surely dispelled any lingering doubts. The talents, Messrs Danny Blyth (clarinet, bass clarinet, guitar, mandolin and a blues vocal number) and the one-and-only Malcolm Sked playing bull fiddle and tuba. Blyth's vocals were heard in duet with Langham, singing Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee's Cornbread, Peas and Black Molasses. Excellent! 

Emily Campbell returned to the stage to sing a fox trot tempo (the original tempo, said Langham) The Man I Love, the spiritual His Eye is on the Sparrow and a double helping of Bessie Smith and Memphis Minnie. The one song title which escaped your reviewer turned out to be a major highlight of the afternoon. Langham recalled hearing Boulou Ferré in Paris and being knocked out by the Frenchman's amazing guitar playing. Well, Langham's Hot Fingers certainly lived up to the name with a stonkingly good, hotter than hot take on whatever the tune was! Bravo! It had been a marvellous afternoon's entertainment. Next month (Saturday 6 August) at St Augustine's it's the Savannah Jazz Band. 
Set list: Vo-Do-Do-De-o BluesPatrol Wagon BluesMy Home is in a Southern TownMy Sweet VirginiaMelancholiaIn the PinesWhen I Get Low, I Get HighSt Louis BluesHave Another GuessI Hate Myself for Being So Mean to YouWhere the Blue of the NightIt All Belongs to MeLittle White LiesCrazy BluesShanghai ShuffleSouth American JoeShake That ThingHittin' the BottleNight OwlA High Hat, a Piccolo and a CaneCornbread, Peas and Black MolassesDevil's Gonna Get YouThe Man I LoveHis Eye is on the Sparrow; ?; Can't Help Lovin' Dat ManMama, He Treats Your Daughter MeanRussell

1 comment :

Rosemary Reads Poetry said...

Love this recap of a truly fine show. Worth crossing the pond for! Especially pleased to see the set list. Thanks a million!

Blog Archive