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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

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).

Friday, July 09, 2010

Midnight in Mayfair - Another View.

Picture this - a little girl eating her Sunday's dinner, the smell of freshly baked bread, then she's off to Sunday School to hear tales of Baptist missionaries, and all this is accompanied by the sound of Billy Cotton with his 'Wakey Wakey' and songs such as Any Old Iron and I've Never Seen a Straight Banana.
This scene of childhood came flooding back to me at this very enjoyable musical show which incorporated useful mini lectures on each of the bands whose work was played. This was dance music rather than jazz, which could have pleased many types of audience. The band's attire conveyed the atmosphere well - smart dark suits, white shirts and black bow ties with white jackets for the leaders. Janice Day, the lady vocalist, really did look like a lady. She was pretty in pink and purple during the first set, then became sophisticated in a black sequinned outfit for the second set. Add to this her beautifully waved and curved blonde hair and red lipstick, and you get the early 20th century picture.
The singing styles were very different from pure jazz. Ms. Day was a sweet light soprano, which was authentic for the time, and she acted well in amusing songs such as Cole Porter's The Physician. Tom 'Spats' Langham sounded good in his Al Bowlly tribute songs, beautifully smooth and relaxing.
One of the main stars in the show was the drumkit, played by Nick Ward, which dated from 1934, and had many interesting clinky clanky bits, and whistles, which served well in Choo Choo,(Yes, it's a portrayal of a train) taken from the band of Jack Payne.
Many of the bands, such as Ambrose and Phillip Lewis were before my time, but it didn't spoil the enjoyment. The sheer liveliness and fun was what came across. I went home wondering if we all take ourselves a bit too seriously nowadays. What do you think?
Ann Alex.

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