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Farewell Blues

R I P Terry Shannon - November 5, 1929 - October 29, 2022
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R I P Louise Tobin - November 11, 1918 - November 26, 2022

Bebop Spoken There

Kenny Barron: "During the pandemic I got to do a lot more cooking. As long as you can read you can cook." - (DownBeat December, 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!"


14845 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1094 of them this year alone and, so far, 93 this month (Nov. 30).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 05: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 05: Sia Ahmad & Raymond MacDonald @ Blank Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Tickets: £5.00. from Live recording session - note no late admissions. BYOB.

Tue 06: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (table reservations 0191 386 5556). Feat. Johnny Murphy (keyboards).

Wed 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 07: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 12 noon-3:00pm.Free. New!
Wed 07: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 07: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 07: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Last one of the year, resuming Jan 26.
Thu 08: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 08: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm.
Thu 08: Christmas Crooners @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Thu 08: Musicians Unlimited @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. £5.00. on the door.

Fri 09: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £25.00. 'Afternoon Jazz with Festive Lunch'.
Fri 09: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 09: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: Jason Isaacs @ Northern Rugby Club, Gosforth, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £25.00 (inc. two course Xmas meal). Isaacs performing with backing tapes.

Sat 10: Lindsay Hannon & Martin Douglas: Life Drawing & Improvised Music @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. TBC.
Sat 10: Alan Barnes Octet: A Jazz Xmas Carol @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £20.00. All-star band!

Sun 11: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 11: Spanish City Rollers @ Northumberland Square, North Shields. 12:30pm. Free. Community band inc. Graham Hardy.
Sun 11: Am Jam @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free. Jam session, all welcome.
Sun 11: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Xmas party feat. Mick Donnelly Quartet. 4:00pm. Tickets: £6.00 (admission from 12 noon).
Sun 11: Paul Skerritt @ Liberty Brown's, Sunderland. 1:00pm.
Sun 11: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Sun 11: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 11: DC Blues Band @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free. Blues Band.
Sun 11: Jason Isaacs @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 5:30pm. SOLD OUT!
Sun 11: Boys of Brass @ Stack, Seaburn. 6:00pm. Free.
Sun 11: Elda with Faye MacCalman + John Pope & John Garner @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Thursday, September 01, 2022

T-A-B plays Miles Davis @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle - August 31

Tom Atkinson (guitar); Jack Courtney (trumpet); Sue Ferris (tenor sax, flute); Deon Krishnan (bass); Jeff Armstrong (drums)

We'd been here before, last night in fact! Two nights in the Bridge Hotel listening to Tom Atkinson's jazz rock/jazz fusion outfit was an exhilarating experience with no concessions made to those of a fragile disposition. Five musicians committed to the music, played at volume, the audience open to the intensity of it all.
This second night focused upon Miles Davis' Jack Johnson album. The famed American trumpeter was known for his, at times, lack of communication with his audience. As the band took to the stage at the Bridge Hotel it struck your correspondent that Atkinson eschews the limelight. Hiding beneath and behind a cap and dark shades, our man didn't say a word as the T-A-B (Tom Atkinson Band) launched into an uninterrupted set lasting close on ninety minutes.

And launch into the set they did, exploding into a cacophony of noise! Some reviews tend to mention rhythm sections almost as an afterthought. Let's turn it on its head, bassist Deon Krishnan and drummer Jeff Armstrong were immense. Fully concentrated, Krishnan locking onto a relentless groove, Armstrong the powerhouse, à la Jack DeJohnette circa 1970! The horns - trumpeter Jack Courtney and alto saxophonist/flautist Sue Ferris - couldn't have wished for a better foundation. 

Atkinson, pedal board at his feet, was in total command of the situation: searing rock guitar lines with a Zappa-like enthusiasm for a 'jazz chord', Courtney firing spectacular volley after spectacular volley, Ferris doing on alto sax what she frequently does on baritone, that is absolutely nailing it!*

Ninety minutes later we were done. Shyly, Atkinson introduced his band mates. It was the least he could do! Two tremendous gigs. Here's to the next time!

Here's an idea...T-A-B plays Frank Zappa's Hot Rats... Russell


Unknown said...

They was miles beyond!

Chris Kilsby said...

These two gigs sound brilliant. I am so disappointed to have missed them.
The great music of the early 70s (and the groundbreaking style) is worthy of more attention and playing (by musicians like this lot with the talent as well as the inclination!)
Hopefully I'll catch a gig by TAB sometime soon! The repertoire is spot on, maybe some Nucleus while they're on it?!

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