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Bebop Spoken There

Pat Thomas: “He’s definitely one to watch, he's going to be a breath of fresh air for the jazz scene. What I like is he [Xhosa Cole] plays like Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins - you don't hear anybody come from that. He knows tunes like "Fried Bananas" by Dexter Gordon and he can play free as well." - (The Wire September 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.
Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST! --

Postage

13,698 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Sept. 17).

From This Moment On ...

September

Fri 17: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: Abbie Finn's Finntet @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington. 8:00pm.

Sat 18: Baghdaddies @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 18: David Gray Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 19: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 19: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Westbourne Road, Hartlepool TS25 5RB. 1:00pm. South Durham Social Club aka Steelworks or Steelies. New venue for Teesside's premier big band.
Sun 19: Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 19: Green Tangerines + Knats @ Punch Bowl Hotel, Newcastle. 3:30pm.
Sun 19: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 20: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public)
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Celebrating TITTB's 20th anniversary & Dave Weisser's forthcoming birthday! Limited gig tickets (£1.00.). Free live stream. www.jazz.coop.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall 8:00pm. .
Thu 23: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside, Gateshead. 8:30pm. .

Fri 24: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: FILM: Jazz on a Summer's Day + Swing Bridge Trio (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 7:00pm.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Hand to Mouth @ The Lit & Phil - September 9

Lindsay Hannon (vocals); Bradley Johnston (guitar)

Following some fifteen months enforced inactivity, Newcastle's Lit & Phil lunchtime jazz concert series resumed in July. Understandably, the venue's management imposed severe restrictions on audience numbers resulting in the first two events of the year in July and August making a loss.  What to do? How to save the series? Ask two of the region's best if they'd perform at a fundraising concert, that's what! 

'58 Jazz Collective Update

Kevin Eland informs me that Hops and Cheese's monthly Jazz Club with the '58 Jazz Collective is back! The regular six piece jazz band is joined by monthly guest singers and musicians for what promises to be some excellent nights of live jazz plus craft beers, real ales and a fantastic selection of cheeses!

Out Now: Pianist Paul Edis Releases Debut Album The Still Point Of The Turning World

(Press release)

“An absorbing piano recital” - Record Collector Magazine

AVAILABLE NOW

via Lateralize Records

ALBUM LAUNCH LIVE AT CADOGAN HALL, NOV 5th

‘A brilliant young pianist.’ – The Guardian

Today, British jazz pianist Paul Edis has released his mesmerising debut solo album, The Still Point Of The Turning World. The full album is available now via Bandcamp.

“Start Over seemed to sum up the dreamlike atmosphere of this album perfectly,” Edis explains. “There’s something about this jazz-waltz feel that has always inspired me as a musician and as a writer – exploring these rhythmic possibilities is almost like inhabiting a polyrhythmic personality.” 

Spice of Life Jazz Club Update

(Press release)

After 18 years running the Club, including the last 18 months of enforced closure, I have reluctantly decided the time is right to hand over the reins to someone willing and able to carry on the good work. Accordingly well known drummer and entrepreneur Richard Pite will be taking over when the Club reopens on Monday 4th October.

Richard has considerable experience having presented quality jazz at venues such as Belgravia’s Boisdale and Sloane Square’s Cadogan Hall. Also, most importantly, his musical inclinations are closely aligned to ours.

That does not mean however I intend to disappear from the scene. In addition to supporting the Club I look forward to hearing plenty more great jazz, enjoying your company and downing the odd glass or two of McMullen’s excellent ale.

I would like to express particular thanks to all who have supported the Club over the years. We couldn’t have done it without you!

This is the programme for October, including some familiar faces, some maybe less so.

Thursday, September 09, 2021

Glenn Miller ain't missing...

Took my cat Daphne to the vet today. Always a worrying time. Fortunately, when I returned, the vet said, "It's all good news". Then she handed me the bill - It wasn't all good news!

However, I digress, what's money when the health of a feline friend is at stake even though she isn't currently miaowing to me.

No, as I left the vet's, there, opposite me, was the answer to the question that has intrigued musicologists since December 15, 1944!

Glenn Miller isn't in a watery grave, he's putting others into their graves be it six feet under or in a fiery furnace.

Album review: Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Harlem '58

Here it is, the first of three lockdown crowd funded albums. Harlem '58 is the Strictly Smokin' Big Band's homage to some of the all time greats, taking as its inspiration Art Kane's iconic photograph of fifty seven jazz musicians standing, some sitting, for a group portrait in Harlem, NYC. Organising a big band recording session at the best of times can't be easy, doing so in the middle of a pandemic must be nigh on impossible. Michael Lamb, the SSBB's MD, wasn't to be deterred... 

Boisdale Music Awards 2021

This prestigious annual event, hosted by Jools Holland and Ferne McCann, takes place at Boisdale of Canary Wharf Restaurant on Tuesday Sept. 14.

A ticket for this sumptuous feast of food and music would set you back anything from £129.95 up to £395.95. However, don't bother raiding the piggy bank as all tickets are sold!

Follow this link for the list of nominees. If you look hard enough you'll find that there's quite a few jazz and blues names in the mix. Lance

Tune In to Paul Edis

Tune in to Radio 3's In Tune programme today (Thursday) at five o'clock to hear Paul Edis (pictured at Ushaw, Durham) talking about his new album The Still Point of the Turning World (Lateralize Records). And, what's more, Paul will be playing music from the album on the BBC's studio piano! Russell


Album review: Steve Million featuring Sarah Marie Young – Jazz Words

Steve Million (piano, composer, lyrics); Sarah Marie Young (vocals); Jim Gailloreto (sax, flute); John Sims (bass); Juan Pastor (drums)

This CD is being promoted as the work of pianist and composer Million, who wrote all the songs, rather than the singer being the main attraction. But that is not to detract from the singing, which is full of clear-voiced expressiveness.

I wish I knew as much music theory as many jazz musicians do, so that I could explain more clearly why this album is so, so good. The songs are described as contemporary jazz tunes with a post-bop edge. I'd say they are very varied and interesting in a good way, with some original sounds and Monkish references, an influence which is acknowledged by Million. Every song just sounds so right, the lyrics fit well and the instruments play to perfection.

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Album review: Sheila Jordan - Comes Love - 1960 Lost Session

Sheila Jordan (vocals) w. probably: John Knapp (piano); Steve Swallow or Gene Perlman (bass); Ziggy Willman (drums).

If, perchance, you discovered the legendary Buddy Bolden cylinder in a charity shop in Gateshead you'd maybe wonder who his musical associates were and, maybe, wonder what the fuss was all about - needless to say, we'll never know.

A similar situation exists in this previously undiscovered album by Sheila Jordan except that the fuss here is most fully deserved. The above personnel is pure speculation based on her sometime accompanists of sixty years ago.

It doesn't matter - they do the job and set up Sheila for what must surely be her all-time signature recording.

Jackie Milburn trips the light fantastic

I unearthed this rare photo of Jackie Milburn dancing at a function in Newcastle's Civic Centre circa 1982/3.

It would appear the former Newcastle and England centre forward was capable of adapting the footwork he showed on the field to the dance floor.

Assisting him in his terpsichorean movements were, I think, the Phoenix Jazzmen.

Grifftides update

Frank Griffith, whose own band, the Frank Griffith Quartet played the Railway at Stockport last Sunday (Sept. 5) - see review - sent me this update re his online radio show:

"This Thursday's programme - Grifftides - Jazz Under Arrest is sub-titled Movers and Groovers with the likes of Dreams, George Benson, Esther Phillips, Miles, John Mayall and Joe Farrell. The 1970s lives! It's on www.mykindamusic24.com on Thursday at 9PM, UK time. DIG IT" - Frank.

It's all happening on the West Coast - well some of it is! Lance

Not the Steve Oakes Quartet @ The Railway, Stockport – Sept. 7

Ed Kainyek (tenor sax); Freddy Garner (piano); Gavin Barras (bass); Tim Franks (drums)

Unfortunately, due to illness, Steve Oakes could not appear and also the featured guest Jim Collins on tenor sax was a no-show for the same reason. However, local pianist Freddy Garner was called upon to fill in for Oakes and saxman Ed Kainyak was on hand to play a major part in the proceedings. Tim Franks was on drums and I was pleased to see Gavin Barras was there with his bass.

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Preview: Sunday Night @ the Globe - The Matt Holmes - Ari Hoenig Quintet. Sept. 12

Matt Holmes (drums); Liam Brennan (alto sax); Francis Tulip (guitar); Will Markham (piano); James Owston (bass)

To be honest, the band's name isn't totally accurate. Ace NYC drummer Hoenig will not be playing although his music most certainly will and, in the more than capable hands of Matt Holmes, drummer with NYJO, I can guarantee it will well and truly be done justice.

Happy 91st Birthday to a Saxophone Colossus

Sonny Rollins, one of the - if not the - greatest tenor saxophonists of his generation was born on this day in 1920. We wish him well. Lance

Nick Tomalin remembers Bill Kinghorn

Brian Ebbatson has brought this tribute by Nick Tomalin on London Jazz News to my attention regarding Bill Kinghorn who died on April 28 this year aged 86.

Although born in Newcastle, to the best of my knowledge he wasn't active on the local jazz scene, his main areas of activity were Leeds and later London although he did hold a teaching post in Newcastle in 1967.

He was obviously a rare talent as Nick Tomalin has praised him at the very highest level.

I wonder if any of our readers have memories that they would like to add? - Lance

Monday, September 06, 2021

Frank Griffith Quartet @ The Railway, Stockport - Sept. 5

Frank Griffith (tenor sax, clarinet); Alan Jeffs (guitar); Dave Lynane (bass); Eryl Roberts (drums)

The last time Frank Griffith played this venue was before lockdown and his rhythm section contained a superb pianist, Micha Grey. However, for this gig he brought along another group of very capable musicians led by guitarist Alan Jeffs. 

Jeffs I remember from Jam Sessions that he ran at the Brewers Arms, Neston, in the Wirral area. It attracted many aspiring players from the Liverpool area.

Album review: Richard D. Johnson - First Glance

Richard D. Johnson (piano); Sharel Cassity (alto, soprano, tenor saxes); Alex Claffy (bass); Mark Whitfield Jr. (drums) + Paul Mutzabaugh (organ - tk 8)

Another fine recording from 'over there' by a group of musicians who maybe aren't household names 'over here' but certainly should be on the strength of this album alone.

Johnson, a jazz professor at The Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, composed all of the pieces, touching on the overwhelming sensation that the sight of beauty can elicit - I'll go along with that - hence the title First Glance.

Sunday, September 05, 2021

Sunday Night @ The Globe: The Peter Morgan Trio - Sept. 5

Peter Morgan (piano); Vilda Kuby (bass); Paul Campbell (drums)

Peter Morgan, away from his duties as MD of the Customs House Big Band, played a couple of interesting sets at the Globe as indeed he did earlier this year in February during one of the lockdowns as part of the Jazz Co-op's ongoing livestreams that, ultimately, led to them picking up a couple of prestigious awards for their efforts.

The Globe, like BSH, didn't throw in the towel when all around were heading for the hills but followed the traditional show biz maxim that The Show Must Go On!

The Alice Grace Trio @ St James' & St Basil's Church - September 5


Alice Grace (vocals); Mark Williams (guitar); Paul Grainger (double bass)

Autumn in Fenham. The sun shone down on the gardens of St James' and St Basil's Church on Fenham Hall Drive in Newcastle as Alice Grace opened her afternoon set with Harold Arlen's Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. Our star vocalist is noted for her attention to detail and her reading of Ted Koehler's lyrics was a delight. 

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