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Farewell Blues

R I P Terry Shannon - November 5, 1929 - October 29, 2022
R I P Oliver Soden - ? - November 6, 2022
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Bebop Spoken There

Michael League: "We flew back from Europe, and the second gig we [Snarky Puppy] did was in Arcata, California. There were two people. And one of them was the bartender." - (DownBeat December, 2022)

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!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

14806 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1074 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (Nov.24).

From This Moment On ...

November

Sat 26: Rat Pack - Swingin' at the Sands @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.
Sat 26: Jean Toussaint @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sun 27: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 27: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 27: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 27: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 27: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free. Sitters-in & audience welcome.
Sun 27: Nu Civilisation Orchestra @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 27: Jamil Sheriff's Five Gold Rings @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 28: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 28: Jeremy McMurray & Friends @ Billingham Catholic Club. 7:30pm. £5.00. at the door. A SVP fundraiser for Xmas food hampers.

Tue 29: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

Wed 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 30: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Wed 30: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 30: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 30: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

December
Thu 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 01: New York Jazz Night feat. Zoë Gilby @ The Keys, Yarm. 7:00pm. £30.00. (inc. meal). Tickets from Skiddle. Gilby w. Noel Dennis, Mark Williams & Andy Champion.
Thu 01: Bold Big Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Cluny 2.
Thu 01: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm. Paul Skerritt & James Harrison residency.
Thu 01: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 02: Swing Manouche @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 02: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 02: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 02: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 02: Durham University Big Band + Durham University Jazz Orchestra @ Kingsgate Bar, Durham Students' Union, Dunelm House, Durham. 7:00pm. £3.00. & £2.50. Fundraiser for Coppafeel.
Fri 02: Niffi Osiyemi Trio @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm.
Fri 02: Alligator Gumbo @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm. Xmas party.
Fri 02: Struggle Buggy's Almost Xmas Party @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Blind Pig Blues Club.

Monday, April 29, 2013

I'll Never Forget

(A Memory from Liz)
My heroes of popular music of the 40’s, 50’s and beyond were Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. Their interpretation of the great American Songbook backed by the wonderful arrangements by the top bands of the day gave the world enormous pleasure. So…I’ll never forget the time I saw these two giants of song live, in person, on stage.

First there was Ella; this was way back in the early 50’s. My dad asked me if I would like to see her live at Leeds Odeon. Although I had barely heard of her, I knew that she must be something special as my dad was an authority on jazz, and he knew all the best performers. We travelled there by train – it was the wettest night I can remember -  standing in a long queue and getting soaked! This concert was part of a tour by “Jazz at the Philharmonic” promoted, of course, by Norman Granz. Granz was associated with most of the great jazz performers of his time and was both loved and hated for his anti racist beliefs. He overruled segregation; always insisting that his artists were treated equally irrespective of race. Norman Granz managed Ella throughout her life.
Ella was pure magic that night, a young black woman with a God given voice, a natural, who had an amazing range. She could sing sweet and she could sing scat like I had never heard before. I was hooked; I don’t believe she has ever been bettered in her genre. Not for nothing has she always been dubbed “The first lady of song.“ I ultimately bought and collected her records over the years, never wasting an opportunity to listen to her on radio, later to watch her TV shows, and sing along with all of those wonderful songs she made so popular with her own inimitable style.
In the case of Frank Sinatra, I had idolised him from my teens, much like thousands of other young girls, and anyone who appreciated his extraordinary quality of voice and ability to interpret a lyric in the way the writer had meant it to be. I already had many of his LP’s by the 70’s when one day I read that he was to perform at the Royal Albert Hall. I just knew I had to see him. How I managed to get a ticket, let alone afford it, escapes my memory, but get a ticket I did.
My friend and I booked into a B and B and readied ourselves for the big night. I had this cream suit, it was a beauty, and I wore it with pride as it was a special sort of outfit, and very fitting that I should wear it in this night of nights.
We found our seats, we weren't together, but mine was very near to the stage and an armchair sort of affair, it was very grand. The place was packed to the rafters, banners were held aloft in the boxes, with messages such as “Hi Frankie”, and it was pure magic. We were restless in the first half of the show as it was the Brazilian Sergio Mendes and his band…but we hadn’t come to see Sergio, talented though he was, oh no!
When finally the second half began, there was a hush, and a voice from afar announced “Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr Frank Sinatra”…well we just went wild, and for a moment I thought I would faint with excitement, and had to take deep breaths to calm down, and then we were off, song after song, wonderful arrangements from the finest musicians. He went from slow and dreamy to fast and paced. All of the time he was on, gifts were being brought down from fans to the edge of the stage by the security men. There were dozens of presents and flowers too. It was amazing.
The rest is a beautiful blur. How fortunate I have been to see live two of the world’s finest performers of modern song. They have stood the test of time, and their music lives on.
Liz.

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