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Bebop Spoken There

John McDonough (reviewing Bright Red Dog’s In Vivo): “When you improvise on nothing, that’s what you get”. - DownBeat August 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.

Postage

13,508 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 926 of them this year alone and, so far, 90 this month (July 27).

From This Moment On

Wed 28: Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Assembly Rooms, 40 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3ET. 9:20pm. £8.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event (www.durhamfringe.co.uk).

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Sat 31: Lindsay Hannon @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Lindsay previews new, original material.

Sat 31: jaktar + Johnny Richards @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion.

August

Sun 01: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 01: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Leeds College of Music graduate guitarist (Masters, Jazz Performance & Composition).

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Radio Russell: Paul Tips His Hat to Jack

Paul Jones’ weekly blues programme (seven o’clock, Mondays, Radio 2) is required listening. This coming week’s hour-long broadcast (Monday 1 December) is one for archivists of the British blues scene. Jones pays tribute to Jack Bruce. Unmissable.
Radio 3’s Hear and Now (10:00pm Saturday 27 November) includes a Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival commission – Twelve for Twelve Musicians – for Evan Parker to celebrate his seventieth year. The work will be a first performance by Evan Parker and ensemble. Earlier, at six o’clock, Jazz Line-Up celebrates a birthday. An octogenarian – Tony Coe – takes centre stage. And a young drummer with his career stretching out ahead of him – Ollie Howell – is heard in concert at this year’s London Jazz Festival. Preceding Jazz Line-Up at 5:00pm, this week’s Jazz Record Requests includes tracks by Jack Bruce and Acker Bilk.
Finally, at 4:30pm, Friday 5 December, Radio 3, In Tune will shoehorn Manchester’s RNCM Big Band into the studio. Small room, big band!
Russell.

Preview: "Big Sid Catlett Reigns" @ King’s Hall. November 27

Today’s lunchtime concert at Newcastle University (1:10pm) introduces a new name to many – Dominic J Marshall. Baseball cap cool pianist Marshall plays the King’s Hall’s Steinway in the company of the ‘Two Sams’ – double bassist Sam Vicary and drummer Sam Gardener. All three have played at the Bridge Hotel, all three can play, to be sure. 
The one set performance (fifty minutes) is the first of two ‘freebie’ events this afternoon in the King’s Hall. Two hours later at four o’clock the weekly Student Performances gig presents a mix of classical, folk, jazz and anything else that catches the student ear. This afternoon’s potpourri includes a jazz trio playing three standards; pianist (and final year student) Jamie Lawson will work in the company of drummer Dan Egdell and trumpeter Ed Addo. And drummer Lewis West takes on Max Roach’s For Big Sid. Go, Lewis!
Russell.

Julie Sassoon (solo piano) + Travelers @ Jazz Café November 25.

Antonin Tri-Hoang (reeds); Francesco Diodati (guitar); Matteo Bortone (bass); Ariel Tessier (drums)
(Review by Steve H.)
This superb JNE/Schmazz double bill was served on two levels both literally and metaphorically. The night began on the ground floor. Berlin based Julie Sassoon performed a superb solo piano recital. It is hard to categorise her music -  is it jazz or is it improvised contemporary classical? But, frankly, who cares? it is simply spellbinding. Sassoon, after apologising to the audience for playing with her back to them, opened with an untitled piece which was something that just happened to take her mood at the time. This was followed by 44  at the conclusion of which Sassoon turned to the audience and explained the context of the next piece Land of Shadows.  

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I've Got Those Didn't Get to LJF Blues

For the first time in several years I didn't make LJF and, going by what I've heard on radio and read elsewhere, it was/is a cracker. So, if any of our readers are in, or have been in town for the Festival and would care to send me a few words then please do so.
I'll be back next year!
Lance.
Fred Grand's reviews (see comments).

More Plaudits for Bebop Spoken Here

JC found this on-line mention of BSH related to his excellent review of Colin Harper's Bathed in Lightning. John McLaughlin, the 60s and the Emerald Beyond. - (i.e. There's also a terrific review over at Bebop Spoken Here, the fabulous website for jazz buffs in the North East of England, where John McLaughlin grew up. )
This might be a good moment to remind readers that the polls are now open in the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards and that a vote for Bebop Spoken Here in the Media section is also a vote for all of those north east musicians we tirelessly Champion.
Lance.

Vinyl Review: Nucleus with Leon Thomas – Live 1970

Leon Thomas (vocals), Ian Carr (trumpet & flugelhorn), Karl Jenkins (oboe & piano), Brian Smith (soprano & tenor saxophones, flute), Chris Spedding (guitar), Jeff Clyne (bass) & John Marshall (drums.)
(Review by Russell).
June 20 1970. The Montreux Jazz Festival. Forty fours years later we have the official release of Nucleus recorded live at one of Europe’s premier summer jazz festivals with American vocalist Leon Thomas. Gearbox Records’ lovingly packaged vinyl recording comes as a gatefold double album with a free download code enclosed for the avid fan.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

New Hartlepool gig.

The Rapport Café, down on the Marina at Hartlepool, features alto saxist Ray Dales and pianist Jeremy McMurray on Friday Dec. 5. It's a new venture that, if supported, may become regular. The gig is free and runs from 7pm-9pm so if you're down Hartlepool way have a look in.
Lance.

CD Review: Ken Thomson and Slow/Fast - Settle.

Ken Thomson (alt/bs.clt.); Russ Johnson (tpt); Nir Felder (gtr0; Adam Armstrong (bs); Fred Kennedy (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Settle arrived on the doormat along with a zillion other CDs and missed the cut. However, I've eventually caught up with it (the other zillion -1 will have to wait awhile longer). I'm glad I did get around to listening to it - I think! It's certainly an unusual disc and almost impossible to pigeon-hole - or to put in any hole!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Jazz North East & Splinter @ the Bridge present Sean Noonan & The Suwalki String Quartet @ The Bridge November 23.


Sean Noonan (drums & voice); Adam Roszkowski & Maciej Afanasjew (violins); Magda Malecka? - check photo! - (viola); Jan Roszkowski (cello)
(Review by Steve H/Photo by Ken Drew).
Sean Noonan entered the arena in his now familiar boxing gown however one would have to say that this guy is more of a surrealist then a pugilist -think Salvador Dali rather than Muhammad Ali. Noonan is not only a damn fine drummer but also a composer and storyteller of mystic tales. This was the second visit to the Bridge for this combination of string quartet and drums (see previous BSH review).

Vasilis Xenopoulos w. Paul Edis Trio & Black Bull Blaydon. November 23

Vasilis Xenopoulos (ten); Paul Edis (pno); Andy Champion (bs); Adam Sinclair (dms) + Zoe Gilby (vcl).
(Review by Lance/photos by Jerry).
In his review of Friday's gig by the same line-up at Darlington, Russell just about covered all the bases. The only thing he got wrong was that they would be queuing round the block for this one. They weren't, but nor were there many empty seats. David Gosling, who presented a concert by Edis and Xenopoulos at Lanercost Priory on Saturday night, described that duo gig as "musically the best ever played there" so the portents for tonight were good. 
The participants didn't disappoint.

Globe Bar Prices


I'm pleased to say that the Jazz Co-op folks have managed to produce a Bar Price List for gigs in the upper room of the Globe Pub (11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD) thus removing the confusion that reigned during some of their earlier gigs.
Lance.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Election Time - Vote Now!

Following hot on the heels of the results of the 2014 British Jazz Awards, the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards are with us once more.
BSH regulars will, I'm sure, give us their support in the Jazz Media Category (Best Blog etc.) But this is also an opportunity to draw attention to some north east talent worthy of greater recognition by the rest of the country.

Jazz Coop At The Globe: Folk Meets Jazz: Saturday Nov 22

Landermason : Fiona Lander ( vocals, keys, saxes, clarinet, whistles, even a shakey egg);
Paul Mason (vocals, guitar).
(Review by Ann Alex).
This event was something of an adventurous experiment to combine jazz with folk music, and it worked folks!  A double header with Landermason playing the first set, with their blend of traditional and contemporary folk, jazz, and other styles, such as a touch of ska on the guitar.  
Fiona grew up listening to classical music and jazz whilst Paul hails from the glam rock bands of the 1980’s.  The duo gave a hugely enjoyable set to a sizeable and appreciative audience.  
When The Boat Comes In had a skilled jazzy piano and a folksy ending – sounds odd in writing but it works well musically.  Then came Take Five on guitar and whistle; a local song The Shoemaker, followed by Words Unsaid, with good jazz piano and a clarinet solo in true jazz tradition.  Other numbers included In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning; Working Man Blues (Paul took the vocals, accompanied by clarinet and shakey egg); a Fiona original, The Mirror, a bebop style song with a bit of scat; a haunting song, Somalia.  And all most splendidly rounded off with a fast folksy instrumental, The Bellingham Stomp.  The band hails from Bellingham, so go there to see more of them. 

DVD Review: Fred Hersch - My Coma Dreams

Michael Winther (actor/singer); Fred Hersch (pno); Ralph Alessi (tpt); Adam Kolker (reeds); John Hébert (bs); John Hollenbeck (dms) + string quartet inc. Joyce Hammann (vln/vla); Dave Eggar (cello).
(Review by Lance).
Jazz/theatre filmed live at Columbia University and released in Honour of World's AIDS Day (Dec. 1) with all proceeds going to the Benefit Treatment Action Group.
The story involves a renowned jazz musician with HIV/AIDS, in near-fatal septic shock, who is rushed by his partner to Manhattan's St. Vincent's Hospital where doctors place him in a medically induced coma. Over the next two months, he enters a highly personal dream world, full of vivid experiences of confinement and release, of surreal comedy and ineffable beauty. Meanwhile, his partner fights through panic and despair to try to reach out to him across the gulf of conciousness, while negotiating the real world complexities of his medical care.
That's the plot folks.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Things Ain't What They Used to Be!

Doing some late night Christmas shopping I called into a long established Newcastle music store - one I'm not totally unfamiliar with - the object being to buy a Curtis Stigers CD for a friend. I browsed alphabetically through Jazz/ Rock & Pop/Easy Listening - even World Music! No sign of Stigers, C.
I approached the bright looking young chap behind the counter and asked him where I could find Curtis Stigers. He looked blank, I was half expecting him to say that Mr Stigers is on a tea break but then he turned to a computer screen - "How do you spell his second name?" He asked.
"S-T-I." I began then said, "Ah forget it!" and turned on my heel and left.
The store's motto used to be "If you can't get it at ......... you won't get it anywhere".
Haven't heard it said recently... 
Lance.

Vasilis Xenopoulos with the Paul Edis Trio @ Opus 4 Jazz Club. November 21

Vasilis Xenopoulos (tenor saxophone), Paul Edis (piano), Andy Champion (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums)
(Review by Russell).
Vasilis Xenopoulos was taking no chances. On his last visit to the Traveller’s Rest in Darlington he made it in the nick of time (seven hours on the M1).This time, London-Darlington by train appeared to be a better bet. Vasi X (typing Xenopoulos a number of times could result in a case of rsi) arrived in good time (3:30pm!) and took time out to check-out Darlington town centre (TK Maxx a major attraction).
The Traveller’s Rest is a comfortable roadhouse pub in Cockerton on the outskirts of town. The Ferryhill Brewery a guest at the bar, talk of jazz, festivals, birthdays, a lost wallet, a pleasant way to spend a half hour or so waiting for Vasi and co. to complete their soundcheck in the upstairs room. A queue formed long before the doors opened, winding its way down the stairs. A queue at a jazz gig!!! The place was packed, beer flowed, jazz deity looked down from the walls – Dizzy, Lady Day, Tubbs, Zoot et al – ready to commune with the Greek God of Xenopoulos.

More from Durham University Big Band

Durham University Big Band presents A Jazzy Christmas 2 in aid of  Durham Foodbank
The gig you have all been waiting for is back.
Let the Durham University Big Band get you swinging into the Christmas spirit with a snowdump of ridiculous big band arrangements of your favourite yuletide tunes, as well as a sprinkling of classic and contemporary (non seasonal) charts.

Jazz UK to cease publication immediately.

Jazz Services has issued the following press release:
Following the withdrawal of its NPO status in the last round of Arts Council England funding, Jazz Services has been working hard both internally and externally.  This has involved consulting with the wider public, continuing its encouraging discussions with the Arts Council England and other related parties and most recently undertaking a comprehensive organisational review.
These results of these activities have informed several key decisions about the organisation’s present and future endeavours, and to coincide with its 30th anniversary in 2015, Jazz Services is now developing a new and revitalised business model that will ensure it can continue working with and for the UK’s jazz scene beyond the end of March next year.

Friday, November 21, 2014

John Wilson Orchestra - Cole Porter in Hollywood. Sage Gateshead.

John Wilson (cond/md/arr etc.); Anna-Jane Casey/Scarlet Strallon/Matthew Ford/Richard Morrison (vcls); +full orchestra).
(Review by Lance).
A lovely afternoon listening to some of Cole Porter's finest songs expertly arranged by John Wilson (of Gateshead) and sung by four of the finest interpretors of the idiom.
BSH's Elizabeth of York (AKA as Liz) had made the journey north and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
This wasn't a jazz gig, although there were one or two tasty sax/clarinet breaks and I think I recognised Colin Oxley on guitar, but the music of Porter is timeless and has fuelled the repertoire of most jazz musicians.

Benn Clatworthy Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle.


Benn Clatworthy (ten); Cecilia Coleman (pno); Simon Thorpe (bs); Matt Home (dms).
(Review by Lance).
They were skating in Times Square [Newcastle version] but I had no time to stop and watch. The Globe beckoned and I knew that the combination of two of Britain's finest on bass and drums, coupled with an American pianist and an Anglo-American tenor player, meant that seats would be at a premium in the compact, yet cosy, Jazz Co-op venue. Earlier, I'd passed Fenwicks department store and the queue just to look in the window was a mile long. Optimist that I am, I envisaged just such an eager throng clamouring to get into The Globe.
I was wrong - sadly I was very wrong.

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