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Bebop Spoken There

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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

13,508 (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

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).

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Paloma Faith w. Guy Barker Orchestra @ Sage Gateshead. October 30

Paloma Faith (vcl); Naomi Miller, Sabrina Ramikie (backing vcls); Guy Barker (MD) + 42 piece orchestra.
(Review by Lance).
Anyone expecting to hear the jazz trumpet of Guy Barker would be disappointed. Guy's role tonight was that of MD and arranger - a job done brilliantly.
Those who came to hear a sensational soul/jazz/rock singer strutting her stuff, and I guess the three tier full Hall One were there for just that, most certainly weren't - disappointed that is.
From the moment La Paloma made her entrance looking ravishingly gorgeous in a slinky, figure-hugging gown slit tantalisingly high at the back (another inch and...) to the final encore the audience were her slaves.
"Everybody stand" she commanded.
We stood. 
We clapped hands, shook it about a bit, and joined in the spirit. Her vivid red hair topped with matching hairpiece (I guess) stood out as did her distinctive voice. The jazz content came in an up-tempo version of Love Me Or Leave Me with a big fat trombone solo and the dramatic Wild is the Wind. For the rest they were songs familiar to the fans and put over with panache.
The girl's got personality plus with an engaging EastEnders accent.
Her two backing singers, Naomi and Sabrina, did the job and had their own solo spot in the short first set.
Naomi gave us Dusty's Son of a Preacher Man and Sabrina sang Carole King's You Make me Feel Like a Natural Woman. Both impressed.
The 42 piece orchestra worked hard, strings, brass and reeds blending well together although solos were few. From my seat in the stalls the only musician I recognised was Alan Barnes on second tenor although I found out later that it was Ralph Salmins on drums and Ben Castle on clarinet who were featured in the opening Sing, Sing, Sing.
An apt title as that is exactly what the star did - sing, sing, sing - did she not!
I arrived as a curious observer and departed - a converted believer!
Lance.

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