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Bebop Spoken There

John McDonough (reviewing Bright Red Dog’s In Vivo): “When you improvise on nothing, that’s what you get”. - DownBeat August 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.

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).

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Pink Lane Jazz Co-op: Lindsay Hannon and The Blue Jazz Quartet @ Salsa Cafe, Westgate Road, Newcastle (Part 1)

Lindsay Hannon (vocals); Chris Finch (keys); Jeff Smith (saxes); Dave Parker (bass) Michael Howard (drums) Minus Karen Rann (sop. sax, but away doing an art commission)
(Review by Ann Alex).
I entered to see lots of people eating deliciously at small square tables, but there were seats at the front for those who only wanted to listen.  A lively atmosphere with pleasant food smells and a younger audience than at many jazz gigs.  The band began with three instrumentals, an angular tune - Work Song; Beautiful Love; and Alice In Wonderland. Jeff was in fine soloing fettle, there was a drum and bass section in the second tune, and Chris played lovely lyrical keys, as we've come to expect.  
Lindsay then stepped up with a well improvised At Long Last Love and A Foggy Day In London Town, using neat short phrases, a good variation from the drawling way this song is often sung.  Then came one of Lindsay’s masterpieces, Willow Weep For Me, with heartfelt almost-shouts, a song which always reminds me of Ophelia in Hamlet.  I loved Song For My Father, Latin beats of course, and a drum solo which gave Michael a chance to shine, well to beat, anyway.  The first half ended with Love Me Or Leave Me, with adventurous time variations.  Part 2 to follow.
Ann Alex.

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