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Bebop Spoken There

Steve Race: "The personnel is different, notably in the inclusion of Ben Webster, always, to my mind, a rather half-hearted tenor player" - Musical Express, 16-9-49.
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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

13,490 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 908 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (July 23).

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).

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

John Etheridge @ The Royal Albert Hall Café Consort

This was a magical gem. John Etheridge playing solo guitar to an enthusiastic audience at the Royal Albert Hall's Café Consort.
I first heard John Etheridge with Stephane Grappelli and, over the years, have since heard him in many different contexts.
At this afternoon's free concert his playing was sheer delight. Opening with Rollin's Doxy he gently explored the theme before indulging in a restrained yet challenging improvisation. It didn't disturb the diners one bit.
Next up was a catchy, townshippy, tune by Abdullah Ibrahim. John echoed my sentiments when he said 'Fancy changing a show-biz friendly name like Dollar Brand for Abdullah Ibrahim!"
My Romance was just that - a romantic interpretation of a lovely tune.
Perhaps the choice moment was the emotive take on Goodbye Pork Pie Hat. Mingus' minor key tribute to Lester Young reached down and grabbed you - a thing of beauty through pain.
And so it went on, a master class in the art of lyrical playing served up alongside the Mozzarella, cheese and tomato pannini's.
Lance.

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