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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).

Monday, May 31, 2021

Sunday Night @ The Globe: Josephine Davies' Satori Trio - May 30

(Screenshot by Ken Drew)
Josephine Davies (tenor sax); Steve Berry (bass); Nick Smalley (drums).

(Jazz North East/Jazz Co-op promotion)

Normally, a tenor, bass and drums trio would have me less than enthusiastic about what lay ahead - Sonny Rollins and Joshua Redman being notable exceptions. However, having reviewed Josephine Davies' recent album  How Can we Wake? I knew what to expect - or so I thought! 

That album was very much Indian related and perhaps the thinking was that even a jazz Indian variant might deter the punters or, more likely, it was due to the fact that bass and drums were different to the players on the album. 

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Louise Gibbs @ Seven Arts, Leeds - May 30,


Louise Gibbs (vocal); Richard Wetherall (piano); Frank Griffith (clarinet/alto sax/tenor sax).

Another delightful afternoon at Seven Arts in Leeds albeit, in my case I was watching from afar it nevertheless, still made for compelling viewing.

The programme was based around the music of Ellington and Strayhorn and I doubt if there's a singer alive today who can interpret the music better than Louise Gibbs who poured heart and soul into the lyrics, sometimes updating them and often slotting a scat chorus in. 

Adrian Cox plays King Oliver - May 30

Adrian Cox (clarinet, vocals)

Preacher Cox expressed his thanks for so many parishioners logging on when they could have skipped today's Sunday Service in favour of a trip to the seaside or where ever. Our man is once again out in Bulgaria but that doesn't stop him playing his weekly Facebook gig. Today's subject King Oliver, tunes composed by the man and others, including Fats Waller. Snake Rag for openers, Cox as casually fluent as ever. Our man referred to his notes to impart some facts about Joe 'King' Oliver - his days in New Orleans, moving on to Chicago and employing Louis Armstrong as second cornet. 

The Hooch, Charts and now the Hard Rock Cafe - May 30

A blue sky Sunday morning, Newcastle's Quayside market all a bustle. First port of call, Warren Thompson's new-ish gaff on the corner of Quayside and Broad Chare. The Hooch was doing steady business, no sign of Warren, more of a nite-owl is our Hoochie Coochie proprietor. An Americano, a hot chocolate and two mature cheddar and ham warm croissants. We look forward to more fantastic gigs up on Pilgrim Street. 

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Christian Garrick: The livestream set from the 606 - May 29

Christian Garrick (violin); David Gordon (piano/melodica); Alec Dankworth (bass); Tom Hooper (drums).

Now that the combination of live gigs and livestreams are becoming the norm it is ever more likely that this is going to be the way forward. Let's face it, if you've splashed the cash on all this hi-tech stuff to enable you to reach the distant corners of the jazz empire you're hardly going to pack it away in the cupboard until the next lockdown are you?

KSTV: Ellington's Unknown Session - May 29

(Screenshot by Ken Drew)
Giacomo Smith (alto sax); Pete Horsfall (trumpet); Dan Higham (trombone); Alex Garnett (baritone sax); Joe Webb (piano); Ferg Ireland (double bass); Shane Forbes (drums).

This one had 'all-star' written all over it. All-star on the 1960 Ellington 'Unknown Session' album, all-star here at Kansas Smitty's, fully six decades on. Giacomo Smith put together this evening's set list, playing something like eight of the twelve numbers from the original recording plus a good old good one. 

Album review: Scatman Crothers - Groovin with ... Scatman

The name of Scatman Crothers probably means nothing to our younger readers and maybe the same applies to some of our older ones too. In truth, the name had also been off my radar for many years which, as he died in 1986 aged 76 is perhaps excusable except that, after listening to these tracks from 1976, I should have being singing/scatting his praises from the top of the Empire State!

He appeared in 46 movies, countless radio and TV shows and was eventually honoured with a star on the famed Hollywood Blvd. Walk of Fame.

Joe Webb plays Fats Waller - May 29

(Screenshot by Russell)
Joe Webb (piano); Pete Horsfall (trumpet); Will Sach (double bass)

Whisper it...could it be summer has finally arrived? The hordes were in pub beer gardens, some chose to be indoors, particularly at two o'clock this afternoon logging on to Joe Webb's weekly live stream set. Today, pianist Joe invited trumpeter Pete Horsfall to join him to play a Fats Waller set in the company of American bassist Will Sach. 

Jazz Time Aycliffe Radio Playlist - Sunday May 30

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Humphrey Lyttleton's Birth:

Humphrey Lyttelton;

Benny Carter Quintet; Tees Hot Club; 

Richie Emerson's pick: Tubby Hayes; Gene Ammons Sonny Stitt; Sonny Stitt; Buddy Rich; Bill Evans with Stan Getz; 

Esperanza Spalding;

New Releases: Lucien Johnson; Sarah Moule; 

Radio 3 composer of the week - Mary Lou Williams; 

Guitarists: Charlie Christian; Django Reinhardt -
Benny Carter; Barney Kessel.


Friday, May 28, 2021

Album review: Fapy Lafertin New Quartet - Atlântico

Fapy Lafertin (guitar/guitarra Portuguaise); Alexandre Tripodi (violin); Cédric Raymond (bass); Renaud Dardenne (guitar).

I first heard Lafertin at the Breda Oude Stijl Jazz Festival back in 1981 where he was playing with Waso, a Belgium gypsy hot club ensemble. I was knocked out! Although I knew the music from the Django/Grappelli records this was the first time I'd witnessed that style live and I've been a fan ever since.

Press release: The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group Announces A Review Of Jazz In England

The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group Announces A Review Of Jazz In England

Following an enforced delay due to the global pandemic and a year of unprecedented change, challenges, and specific hardships for working musicians, the All Party Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) has commissioned a Review of Jazz in England.  The Review will be undertaken by APPJAG’s Secretary, Chris Hodgkins, and an expert advisory panel, chaired by musician and jazz educator Dr Kathy Dyson.

John Spellar MP and Lord Mann (Co-Chairs of APPJAG), and Alison Thewless MP and Chi Onwurah MP (Co-Vice Chairs of APPJAG), detail some of the review's objectives:

Album review: Judy Wexler – Back To The Garden

Judy Wexler's sixth album sees her put aside jazz standards in favour of jazz/pop versions of iconic songs of the 1960s which have relevant social and political messages for us today.

Ms Wexler hails from Los Angeles and is a mainstay on the Californian jazz scene. She also performs at major venues across the USA, including Birdland and the Blue Note in New York City, and she has sung in clubs and festivals overseas, such as the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Jazz Festivals in Tel Aviv and also in Dubai.

Archipelago - Freeness, JRR & GCT

(Photo by Russell)
Faye MacCalman, John Pope and Christian Alderson, familiar names on Tyneside, work together as Archipelago. This weekend the trio will crop up on Radio 3 not once but twice. Tomorrow (Saturday 29, midnight) Corey Mwamba plans to include the band's music on his Freeness programme and on Sunday afternoon Alyn Shipton will play an Archipelago track on Jazz Record Requests. Tune in at four o'clock to find out who the requester is! 

Tickets for Archipelago's Echoes to the Sky album launch gig (Faith Brackenbury will play a guest support set) at GCT in Newcastle on June 25 (see photo of a poster in the venue advertising the GCT-Jazz North East co-promotion) are on sale now from: 

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Adrian Cox & Friends Runnin' Wild at Toulouse Lautrec - May 27

Adrian Cox (clarinet, vocals); Dave Archer (guitar); Will Barry (piano); Will Sach (double bass)

Looking forward to playing in front of a live audience, Adrian Cox on Facebook exclaimed: Whoop! Whoop! As Toulouse Lautrec is operating at half capacity until at least June 21, it came as no surprise to learn that this evening's gig was a sellout. In addition, an online, paying audience boosted the coffers. A choice set list, beginning with Ellington's Do Nothing till You Hear from Me, found charismatic frontman Cox in fine form. In equally good form were Kansas Smitty's regulars Will Barry, piano, Dave Archer, guitar and bassist Will Sach. At the conclusion of a swifter than swift Runnin' Wild Cox joked: Er, we're gonna pick up the tempo now! 

Ian Shaw, Iain Ballamy & Jamie Safir @ Seven Arts, Leeds - May 27.

(Collage by Lance)
Ian Shaw (vocals); Iain Ballamy (tenor sax); Jamie Safir (piano).

A delightful gem that never allowed my my mind to wander, instead it tended to wonder! The sound of surprise was a constant which is the way all good art should be and this was an exercise in musical artistry.

Ballamy and Safir doodled around in a slightly free format offering tantalisingly fleeting glimpses of a tune that wasn't totally revealed until Shaw emerged from the wings to burst into What's New? What's new? well this certainly was. Shaw has an amazing range that, coupled with his ability to move from ppp to fff within a single beat, makes him just about unique.

Jazzwise in June

As ever, June's issue of Jazzwise - it's out now - is  compelling reading even if it does mean going to Specsavers to fully savour the contents. Great articles, and interviews with guitarist Julian Lage and vocalist Veronica Swift - check out her new album The Bitter Earth. As has oft been mentioned on BSH, Ms Swift is maybe the highest flier on the US jazz vocal scene.

There's also an excellent article by Alyn Shipton on Louis Armstrong. For my money, Shipton is the number one jazz writer/broadcaster around and, apart from being a fine bass player, his judgements are, to my way of thinking, a tablet of stone.

Nicolas Meier pottering around in his shed with Joe Henderson - May 27

(Screenshot by Russell)
Nicolas Meier (guitar); Kelvin Christian (tenor sax); Marianne Windham (double bass)

Switzerland's Nicolas Meier, long-since resident in England, has been live streaming from his garden shed on a regular basis. This afternoon at two o'clock, Meier played the first of two sets in the company of tenor saxophonist Kelvin Christian and bassist Marianne Windham. As the sun streamed in through the window, Meier's ad hoc trio kicked off a Joe Henderson set with Isotope

Preview: Sunday Night Jazz at the Globe

This coming Sunday (May 30) Jazz at the Globe looks to be very good indeed - particularly if you like your jazz to have an Eastern flavour. A Jazz Co-op/Jazz North East promotion, it features Josephine Davies' Satori Trio - a band whose albums have been enthusiastically  praised on BSH.

If you plan to be there then advance booking is essential (see link below). Lance.


Satori (2017).

How Can We Wake? (2020).

Details/tickets. 

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Ten from Miles on his birthday

Miles Davis would have been 95 today  so as ten is such a popular number, albeit maybe not in Downing St., and as I have ten vinyl albums by Miles I thought I'd list them. No comments, most readers will know them anyway, all from his pre-Bitches Brew period which was when our paths became diverted...

Saxophone quartet to take viewers on “extraordinary adventure” with Journey to the Impossible premiere

(Press release)

Groundbreaking ensemble the Apollo Saxophone Quartet is to premiere Journey to the Impossible, its unique set mixing music with “crazy and wonderful” films from the early years of the silent movie era.

Established in 1985 at the Royal Northern College of Music, the ensemble has made the largest single contribution to the saxophone quartet repertoire in the UK, commissioning and premiering over 100 works.

Journey to the Impossible, originally commissioned in 1998 by the Phoenix Arts Theatre in Leicester and one of the quartet’s most popular works, is now set to be streamed online for the first time via stream.theatre.

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