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Pat Thomas: “He’s definitely one to watch, he's going to be a breath of fresh air for the jazz scene. What I like is he [Xhosa Cole] plays like Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins - you don't hear anybody come from that. He knows tunes like "Fried Bananas" by Dexter Gordon and he can play free as well." - (The Wire September 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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Postage

13,698 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Sept. 17).

From This Moment On ...

September

Fri 17: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: Abbie Finn's Finntet @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington. 8:00pm.

Sat 18: Baghdaddies @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 18: David Gray Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 19: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 19: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Westbourne Road, Hartlepool TS25 5RB. 1:00pm. South Durham Social Club aka Steelworks or Steelies. New venue for Teesside's premier big band.
Sun 19: Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 19: Green Tangerines + Knats @ Punch Bowl Hotel, Newcastle. 3:30pm.
Sun 19: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 20: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public)
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Celebrating TITTB's 20th anniversary & Dave Weisser's forthcoming birthday! Limited gig tickets (£1.00.). Free live stream. www.jazz.coop.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall 8:00pm. .
Thu 23: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside, Gateshead. 8:30pm. .

Fri 24: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: FILM: Jazz on a Summer's Day + Swing Bridge Trio (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 7:00pm.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

London Jazz Festival - Jazz Voice 2013 @ The Barbican Centre

Clare Teal, Jane Monheit, Omar, Annabel Williams, Krystle Warren, Vive, Eoka, Noel McKoy (vcls). Guy Barker (MD) + 40 piece orchestra; Victoria Wood (compere).
The 21st LJF got off to a cracking start with a hand-picked program of quality jazz singing. Over the past few years the Jazz Voice concert has been the traditional official opener to ten days of top jazz performances spread over a large number of venues.
Clare Teal gave us a cracking rendition of Secret Love and anyone who muttered "Not Secret Love again" hadn't heard this version! Surprise MC was Victoria Wood who ensured that the show was not without humour. Jane Monheit came on and not only gave a stunning version of Born To Be Blue but also looked stunning with the most gorgeous red lips I've ever seen!
Next up were a few names that were unfamiliar to me. Omar, This Masquerade; Annabel Williams, I'd Rather Go Blind; Krystle Warren, I Let a Song Go Out of my Heart; Vocal group Vive whose line-up included Emily Dankworth granddaughter of John and Cleo, This is my Father's World; Eoka, Gatekeeper and Noel McKoy who closed the first set with Stevie Wonder's Livin' For the City.
Unfamiliar names but ones we're going to hear more about in the future.
To give a brief respite to the vocals the orchestra gave out with a rocking Trumpet Blues and Cantabile.
Interval and a return to the hospitality area.
The second set began with an extended instrumental - Wayne and Q - based on the lawsuit involving rapper Lil Wayne and Quincy Jones and featured many numbers associated with them including Soul Bossa Nova.
Eoka returned for Lazy Afternoon, Omar told us about The Man and Krystle was joined by Vive for Miss Celie's Blues and Amelia. Jane sang A Gente Merece Ser Feliz; Annabel did You Got the Love; Clare impressed on I'll Never Stop Loving You before Noel, Annabel and Omar rocked us out with a James Brown Medley.
There may have been moments when the jazz content was debateable but we didn't care it was a memorable start to what I'm sure will be a wonderful festival.
Earlier on the free stage Kai Hoffman gave a solid performance that set up the mood for what was to follow.
Lance.

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

Got enough space mate?

Phox said...

It takes all sorts – and dare I say opinions can even depend on whether best seat tickets come free and with a glass of wine in the organisers’ lounge before the concert and again in the interval for rosy glow. For these concerts I pay my own arm and a leg prices. So I reckon I am entitled to say - after going to most of the previous concerts - that this year’s Jazz Voice was a big disappointment. The clue is in the name: Jazz Voice. Guy Barker, his arrangements and band/orchestra remain a shining light but this year’s choice of songs, singers and clumsy over-amping really jarred. I go to rock and orchestral rock and Vegas schmaltz events, but by choice. This year’s Jazz Voice was an unhappy mix of great jazz (notably Krystle Warren), tinges of Vegas glitz (some from the usually wonderful Jane Monheit) and cover-rock (the James Brown Medley and much more of the same with on London Jazz Festival - Jazz Voice 2013 @ The Barbican Centre

Lance said...

Sorry 'Nony technical glitch! - bear with me, my last PC was an abacus..

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