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Dave Holland: "Back then, one of my first gigs was with Wally Fawkes and Johnny Parker at the Crown and Anchor in Islington, playing music that went back to the days of King Oliver. And I've always enjoyed the joyousness of that music, and the sound of everybody fitting together beautifully, improvising together." - Jazzwise, August 2021.

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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.

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13,490 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 908 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (July 23).

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).

Monday, November 18, 2013

A Unique Night of Blues and Gospel from The Holy Rollers – Salsa Café November 16

Kathryn Lowdon (Vocal) and Gypsy Dave Smith (Guitar and Vocal). (Review by Kath Jobes).
Memories of the Jazz Café as it was were tangible this evening as Gipsy Dave Smith kicked the evening off with Careless Love, followed by I’m The Whining Boy, and if I closed my eyes I would have believed that there really was a trombone introduction as the skill of this great performer excelled as he mimicked the sound of a trombone to open the number… Just wow! 
Kathryn Lowdon then joined Gypsy Dave for a Willy Johnson Number, Nobody’s Fault but Mine, and then the ‘little bitty mamma’ carried on with a grand tune - Skinny Leg BluesMary Don’t You Weep, Get Away Jordan and the Claude Ely gospel number - Ain't No Grave (Gonna Hold This Body Down) followed on and the first set ended on a Gypsy Dave Smith original - Blue World.
The second set was a marathon of tunes from this superb unique duo commencing with another original by Gypsy Dave, written in the winter of 86/87 in the cold hard snows called Dead End Street.  Ida Cox’s Four Day Creep  and Looky Looky Yonder were wilder and lively but the next number Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out was a little more subdued and led nicely into a sensitive and sentimental song that would bring a tear to your eye,  What Are They Doing There Now.
The sentimental theme continued with the Kris Kristofferson number, Help Me Make It Through the Night and then a song first recorded by Huddie 'Lead Belly' Ledbetter in 1933 – Irene Goodnight, punctuated by sound effects from the entertaining humour of Gypsy Dave. 
The pace picked up for a delightful Black Betty and a well-known rugby song, Swing Low Sweet Chariot which seamlessly joined with Lord Wont You Buy Me a Mercedes Benz, before flipping back to the original tune. 
Kathryn Lowdon showed her versatility as a gifted singer on Evil Girl Blues. The final number of the night was an animated Skillet Lickers gospel tune – Don’t You Hear Jerusalem Moan, what an unforgettable end to the evening … and Holy Moly did they Roll!
Kath J.

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