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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).

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Sunday Night @ the Award-Winning Globe: Alter Ego - July 18

(Screenshot by Ken Drew)
Dave Hignett (trumpet, flugel); Keith Robinson (alto/soprano sax); Niall Armstrong (tenor sax, flute); Paul Donnelly (guitar); Tony Abel (bass guitar); Dave Johnson (drums).



Q: What's the difference between a live gig and a livestream?

A: The former is usually too short and the latter is usually too long!

To elaborate. On a live gig you're enjoying it in the, socially distanced, convivial company of like-minded enthusiasts. Come the interval, drinks are ordered, observations are made about the gig, even a chance to chat with the performers or, maybe, strike up a new acquaintance before the band return for an even better set - few bands show all their cards in the opening deal.

Tonite: Alter Ego @ The Globe

(Press release)

Alter Ego, based in Newcastle, is a sextet made up of talented, like-minded musicians all of whom have experience performing in a variety of musical styles. In order to develop an individual sound they have moved away from the standard jazz repertoire in favour of lesser known material originally performed by groups led by Art Blakey, Hank Mobley and Miles Davis while also introducing many new original numbers.

The Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ J's & B's - July 18

(Photo by Russell)
Jude Murphy (double bass, vocals); Judah Grunstein (guitar); Bernie Ransom (keyboards, tenor sax, vocals)

The Foundry Jazz Ensemble came into being from lockdown rehearsal sessions on the Foundry Lane Industrial Estate down in the Ouseburn. Now that restrictions are beginning to ease, Jude Murphy is keen to get a few gigs in the diary. This afternoon's performance in the grounds of St James' and St Basil's in Fenham, Newcastle was one of them.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Mornington Lockett featuring Henry Lowther @ the 606 Club - July 17

(Collage by Lance)
Henry Lowther (trumpet/flugel); Mornington Lockett (tenor sax); Gareth Williams (piano); Geoff Gascoyne (bass); Mark Fletcher (drums).

Tonight at the 606 was extra special - it was  Henry Lowther's 80th birthday!

Welcome aboard Henry.
 
However, before Henry joined the quartet, Mornington gave us 20 minutes of Without a Song. Blistering tenor that was more akin to the Williamsburg Bridge in NYC rather than the somewhat closer - at least physically if not musically - Stamford Bridge. The Williamsburg Bridge, for the benefit of jazz neophytes, is where Sonny Rollins took his sabbatical, practising into the early hours with no worries about the neighbours knocking! Without a Song came from the album inspired by Rollins' nocturnal activity - The Bridge.

KSTV: Norah Jones' Come Away with Me - July 17

(Screenshot by Ken Drew)
Hattie Whitehead (vocals, guitar); Alex Haynes (guitar); Joe Webb (piano); Daisy George (double bass); Lloyd Haynes (drums) 

Signed to Blue Note, Norah Jones' debut studio album would go on to sell 27m copies worldwide making Come Away with Me one of the biggest selling records of all time, period. A Billboard 200 chart-topper, Grammy award-winning, who's to argue with its popularity? Jones' 2002 debut recording featured some stellar jazz names - guitarists Bill Frisell and Adam Rogers, violinist Jenny Scheinman and drummer Brian Blade. 

Album review: Matt Ridley - The Antidote

Matt Ridley (bass); Alex Hitchcock (saxes); Ant Law (guitar); Tom Hewson (piano/keys); Marc Michel (drums)

I don’t know why it was this album that set me off waxing philosophically on the nature of the jazz combo and its longevity. The basic bass/drums/keys rhythm section plus frontline looks to have been with us since the big band leaders sat down with their accountants and realised that the personnel budget needed a dose of austerity. That this template has been with us for over 70 years means that any musician who wishes to use it must do so in a way that keeps it fresh; that there’s bite in the old dog still.

Aycliffe Radio Jazz Time. Sunday July 18 Playlist


Jamaica Jazz; Quintette du Hot Club de France.

Dean Stockdale’s Picks: Oscar Peterson x 2; Hank Mobley; Bill Evans; Ray Brown Trio; Fred Hersch.


Charlie Mariano; Ben Wilcock; Jasmine Lovell-Smith; Brian Hudson; Peggy Lee/Quincy Jones; Gerry Mulligan Sextet.

Mike Dixon

More Manchester Music

Our way out west correspondent  - Mike Farmer - has sent us this update of the latest listings from The Railway, 74-76 Wellington Road North Stockport SK4 1HF Tel 0161 477 3680.

It's Record Store Day...again!

The music biz has taken a bit of a battering this past year and more, the retail sector included. Independent record shops have responded with a series of 'Record Store Day' events. Usually an annual event, it's a case of 'needs must'. So, the weather is set fair, why not head into town and bag a 'must have' if not a bargain? At or near the top of the new jazz releases just has to be the Roland Kirk album recorded at Ronnie Scott's in 1963. Stan Tracey, Malcolm Cecil and Ronnie Stephenson were on the date, regardless of the audio quality, this one could be considered 'essential'. Russell

Friday, July 16, 2021

Entries invited for Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition

My current favourite American singer is Samara Joy although I'm also a fan of Jazzmeia Horn. The two girls have something in common - they are both past winners of the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and worthy of the singer the competition was named in honour of.

Entries are now being accepted for this year's competition. It is a truly international event so whether you live in Washington DC or Washington T & W, if think that you're good enough, submit your entry.

Georgia Cécile & Fraser Urquhart @ The Lit & Phil - July 16

Georgia Cécile (vocals); Fraser Urquhart (piano)

It had been a while, fully sixteen months since the last of the Lit & Phil's monthly lunchtime jazz concerts in March 2020. In recent months, hopes of a return to something approaching 'normal times' have risen only to be dashed, risen again then dampened once more. Today's concert marked the latest chapter in a turbulent year. Driving down from a sunny Edinburgh, Georgia Cécile and Fraser Urquhart arrived in sunny Newcastle to perform a set of standards. 

LIVE JAZZ AND BLUES IS BACK – RIGHT NOW! - in Birmingham...

(Press release)

From Friday 16th July, every day until Sunday 1st August the Birmingham region will once again become the centre of jazz and blues interest with 136 performances, 129 of them free admission, featuring 203 musicians in 52 bands appearing in 63 venues throughout Birmingham, Sandwell, Sutton Coldfield and Solihull as well as shows in Dudley and Redditch.

The 37th Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival features Dixieland, Bebop, Modern Jazz, Swing, Rhythm & Blues – and there’s more.

Creative Space in Manchester

Another important Manchester jazz venue is re-opening after being inactive for 16 months. 

Operating under the name Creative Space the music will take place on Tuesday evenings in the upstairs room of the Slug and Lettice, 651 Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester M20 60 OZ Tel: 0161 434 1011.

Janet Higgins who organises the events tells me she is planning on a five week trial period as follows:

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Album (4 CD set): Chris Barber - A Trailblazer's Legacy

Presentation wise, possibly one of the finest 4 CD sets ever issued, and it's not bad musicwise either.

To deal with the packaging first. A hard backed 90 page booklet crammed with photos, flyers, testimonials to Barber from many rock stars ranging, alphabetically, from Andy Fairweather Low to Van Morrison giving an indication of just how far reaching his influence was. A detailed appraisal of the 69 tracks by Alyn Shipton, who collaborated with Barber on the bandleader's autobiography Jazz me Blues, is equally compelling. To make things totally comprehensive there's also photos and text from his parallel universe - that of a motor racing driver. This will sit just as easily on your bookshelf as it will on your CD shelf after it eventually makes way on your coffee table for some inferior product like Wagner's Der Ring cycle.

They shall remain nameless...

You've been to a rock gig, a folk night, a classical music evening. You can't ever recall the event being labelled with a health warning. Well, a recent jazz gig was advertised on a venue's Facebook page as follows: We have plenty of outdoor and indoor seating on our lovely decking area; so if jazz isn't your thing you can sit away from the main room [where the jazz is]Russell

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Album review: Falkner Evans - Invisible Words

Falkner Evans (piano)

Some of the most emotional and heart-rending piano music  since Chopin's Nocturne in E flat major with some additional input from maybe Debussy, Dameron, Tristano and Bill Evans. Given the background to the recording it's hardly surprising.

Linda, Falkner Evans' wife of 22 years, took her own life in May, 2020. Despite having a happy marriage, Linda was prone to depression. This was something she'd struggled with throughout her life and the tragic ending, it's said, could have been exacerbated by the isolation induced by the pandemic.

More tickets released for Assembly Roxy

(Press release)

After the Scottish Government’s announcement yesterday, we are pleased to be able to put a limited number of tickets on sale for all our concerts from Monday 19 July onwards. 

The safety of our staff, musicians and audiences are of the utmost importance and therefore we have chosen to add only a limited number of tickets at this time. 

We also still have a couple of tickets left for some of our shows from 16 to 18 July - check out the links below.

Album review: Joshua Cavanagh-Brierley - Joy in Bewilderment. Take Two.

Joshua Cavanagh-Brierley wins points across the board for the boldness of his ambition across the 56 minutes and 7 seconds of Joy in Bewilderment. He works the eighteen musicians at his disposal through some tremendous arrangements, sweeping across the canvas from the opening title track by the string quartet, which evokes Terence Blanchard’s  A Tale of God’s Will ( a Requiem for Katrina) in its melancholy and solemnity. By the end of the album, on You Can’t Whistle a Haircut, we are the other end of a story arc in a world of furious, joyous, escapist free jazz as if all the confusions and contradictions have been resolved.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Last Call for Georgia Cécile at the Lit & Phil

The last few seats - you can count them on the fingers of one hand - for the appearance of Georgia Cécile at the Lit & Phil on Friday are up for grabs. Call the Lit & Phil on 0191 232 0192 to reserve your socially distanced seat. No advance payment, simply reserve a seat, then pay at the door (£7.00.) on the day (one o'clock start). The award-winning Georgia will be singing a selection of GASbook songs accompanied by the award-winning pianist Fraser Urquhart Russell

Globe update

(Press release) 

A quick note about the easing of restrictions next week ---

As you may be aware, the government has confirmed the lifting of restrictions from next monday. This is great news for music venues across the country. However, some amount of responsibility is now upon ourselves to maintain a safe environment for our customers and staff. So, for the next few months at least, we will be running the following system.

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