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Bebop Spoken There

Jack Teagarden: "I never did like anything Ellington ever did. He never had a band all in tune, always had a bad tone quality and bad blend" - Metronome, April 1947.

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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

13,468 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 886 of them this year alone and, so far, 50 this month (July 17).

From This Moment On

Fri 23: Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord @ Gala Theatre & Cinema, Durham. 1:00pm. Tickets: £6.00. + £2.00. bf. Tel: 03000 266 600.

Fri 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.

Fri 23: Helen Anahita Wilson & Shahbaz Hussain @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. SOLD OUT!

Fri 23 - Sun 25: The Globe Summer Festival @ The Globe, Newcastle. Multi-genre bill (jazz inc. Tenement Jazz Band, Nishla Smith). Various ticket options (live stream option available) see: www.jazz.coop.

Sat 24: Youth Ensembles present St Cuthbert Suite @ Sage Gateshead. 7:30pm. Composer Paul Edis conducts Folkestra, Jambone, Quay Voices & Young Sinfonia in a new arrangement of his St Cuthbert Suite. AVAILABLE ONLY AS A PRE-RECORDED STREAM ON YOUTUBE AT 7:30PM.

Sat 24: Simon O'Byrne & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 25: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 25: Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl Hotel, Newcastle. 3:30pm.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Friday, May 20, 2011

R.I.P. Kathy Kirby

Not a jazz singer by the widest stretch of the imagination but Kathy Kirby was, nevertheless, one of those charismatic personalities that were around the scene in the 1960s. Plus her association with the Machiavellian Ambrose helped create an aura that interested those of us who viewed the era through our spare pair of non-jazz glasses whilst listening to Radio Caroline.
The girl could sing there was no doubt about that, I'm sure that, had she had the inclination or the opportunity to dip her er toes into the jazz stream after the glory days were over, and the tragedy of her existance unfolded, Kathy had enough real life material to sing the blues as heartfelt as any mama from downtown Kansas City.
There is something macabre and fascinating about our attraction to reading about falling stars - when I say "our" I don't, of course, mean "you and I" but "them".
So it's goodbye Kathy - I wasn't your 'Secret Love' (I remained true to Doris) but I liked you a lot.
Kathy Kirby died May 19, 2011 aged 72.
Lance.

2 comments :

Peter (Tubby) Ayton said...

I worked/backed Kathy way back at the Fiesta club at Norton - she was a nice lady, a really good singer, and a true professional.

Anonymous said...

The first TV show I ever did was with kathy.... a nice Lady.... Mal Maddock

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