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Farewell Blues

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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

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.

Sat 03: Jake Leg Jug Band @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 03: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Liane Carroll. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 03: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sat 03: Remi Harris & Tom Moore @ Amble Parish Hall, Northumberland. 7:30pm.
Sat 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. Xmas party.
Sat 03: Ray Johnson, Richard Herdman & Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Thursday, November 21, 2013

John Wilson Orchestra: That's Entertainment - A Tribute to the Golden Age of the MGM Musicals. Sage Gateshead

(Review by Lance)
This afternoon we abandoned the jazz hat and, instead, stepped out in top hat, white tie and tails - figuratively speaking. John Wilson and his huge orchestra - I lost count - presented That's Entertainment - A Tribute to the Golden Age of the MGM Musicals.
And what a tribute it was by an orchestra totally attuned to the task in hand. The Overture comprised a medley of songs from several of those glorious films whose heyday ran from the 1930s through to the 1950s and, in the process, set the scene for the two vocalists Anna Jane Casey and Matt Ford.
Cole Porter's Stereophonic Sound (Silk Stockings) made for an amusing (lyric-wise) opener by the duo, followed by Ford's sensitive interpretation of The Girl Next Door (Meet me in St. Louis). Casey, looking ravishingly thin in a tight red gown, sang Lady is a Tramp (Pal Joey) and Judy Garland's version of You Made me Love You/Dear Mr. Gable (Broadway Rhythm of 1938). Ford returned to join Casey for We're a Couple of Swells (Easter Parade), the orchestra played a sensuous version of Dancing in the Dark (The Bandwagon) before the two singers sang the song that reputedly has the longest ever title - How Could You Believe me When I Said I Loved You When You Know I've Been a Liar All my Life? (Royal Wedding).
Casey wrapped the set up with I Got Rhythm (Girl Crazy) which featured a lot of  fine playing from the various sections - the violins being particularly impressive.
Everyone was beaming (apart from the couple next to us who seemed to begrudge standing up to let us past!) it had been an absolute delight and there was more to come.
The duo made a brief appearance during the overture to the second set with a quick half chorus of Singing in the Rain (picture of same name), Ford sang You Were Meant For me (Singing in the Rain), Casey - now in a shimmering light coloured gown - gave us Love (Ziegfield Follies) and Can't Help Lovin' That Man of Mine (Showboat).
The orchestra returned to Cole Porter for a medley from High Society with Ford singing I Love You Samantha from the same show and a trumpet player whose name I didn't catch doing the Satchmo bit
Then a real show-stopper from Casey - Thanks a Lot But no Thanks (It's Always Fair Weather - sung in the film by Dolores Gray).
Gershwin's ballet suite from an American in Paris brought things to an official close but as always there was an encore and today it was Everybody Sing (Broadway Melody 1938).
And everybody was singing as they left (apart from the miserable gits sitting next to us. It had been a joyous afternoon and if I'd been able to get a  ticket I'd have done it all again in the evening. But, of course, the evening performance was sold out which was how the afternoon performance came about in the first place.
Yes, as I said, a joyous occasion. However, as so often happens, one discovers that joyousness is not infinite...
The Quaylink bus, normally a dependable mode of transport, turned up half an hour late causing problems for those with trains to catch from Newcastle.
Lance.
PS: In case anyone doesn't know it already, the scores were taken down and transcribed note for note by John Wilson, the originals having been destroyed when the heyday was over!

3 comments :

Liz said...

how come you write such a great review when all I could see was the occasional sight of that special pen?Yes a truly wonderful show, world class I would say, my fave was "Dancing in the Dark"and thanks Lance and friends for making this such a super afternoon...despite the late bus and missed train!Liz

Alphafemale (on Twitter) said...

the trumpet player is the lovely Mike Lovatt :-)

Liz said...

and what a pedigree he has!!

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