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Bebop Spoken There

John Scofield: "I like architecture that lends itself to improvisation." - (Jazzwise November, 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

13,837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1254 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 23).

From This Moment On ...

October

Tue 26: Classic Swing @ Ship inn, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the band’s weekly residency will be fortnightly until further notice.
Tue 26: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the Black Swan’s fortnightly jam session.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

November

Mon 01: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

CD Review: Hot Fingers - By a Waterfall.

Thomas 'Spats' Langham (gtr/bjo/uke/vcl); Danny Blyth (gtr/mand/clt/bs clt); Malcolm Sked (bass/tuba) + Emily Campbell (vcl); Mike Piggott (vln).
(Review by Lance).
Last night Hot Fingers wowed the Customs House (review to follow) and no doubt they will do the same tonight at Trinity Church and Centre, Gosforth.
By a Waterfall recorded in 2009 and released a couple of years later features the trio augmented by vocalist Emily Campbell and violinist Mike Piggott.
The addition of the Grappelli-like fiddle of Piggott gives a Djangolic aura to much of the CD which isn't dispelled by Langham's dexterous solos - he does Django to perfection executing those dazzling fingerlickin' runs so beloved of Hot Club exponents. And of course there are the Langham vocals - always exceptional. Blyth's support on rhythm guitar and mandolin adds to the evocative atmosphere of a club in1930s Montparnasse as does his all too rare bursts on clarinet. Sked is the backbone on either double bass or tuba keeping it all together.
Emily Campbell has a pleasant voice - not really a jazz voice - I get the impression of someone coming into the idiom from say the folk or traditional music world. Perhaps even a classical or theatre background. Nevertheless, she does it well and adds an extra dimension to a very listenable CD.
Lance.

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