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Bebop Spoken There

Steve Race: "The personnel is different, notably in the inclusion of Ben Webster, always, to my mind, a rather half-hearted tenor player" - - New Musical Express, 16-9-1949.

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).

Friday, September 05, 2014

Did The Venerable Bede like Jazz?

Three Italian musicians (sorry don’t know your names) on keys, clarinet and trumpet, Hildy Harland (vocals)
(Review by Ann Alex.)
It must be the sort of unusual entertainments that I attend, but I find that jazz keeps popping up in the most unlikely places.  This time it was at an event at Bedes World last night, involving readings and plainsong about Bede’s life and writings.  These were performed by a group which meets there regularly, Benedict Biscop Gregorian Choir.  Very interesting stuff as you can imagine. Plainsong must surely be one of the most spiritually serene forms of music ever, and Bede was the foremost intellect of his day (673-735).  The Jarrow monastery was the place to be in those times.
This music was followed by The Bede Concerto, a piece for keyboards and synthesizer by musician Ron Smith, which was a contemporary classical piece in 3 movements, illustrated by photos from the museum. 
Just as it was time for home (or so I thought) up stepped the Italian jazz musicans, who are actually part of a visiting 35-strong wind concert band from Tuscany, who normally play a wide range of all sorts of music.  Autumn Leaves was followed by a tricky tune that I should have recognised but didn’t, so it was probably from the bebop era. It Had To Be You had the trumpet musically flirting with the clarinet, the male and female players chasing each other round the stage, heads together then apart.  Up stepped Hildy, who gave us a lovely rendering of Summertime (sorry Lance!), sweet-voiced but with delicious rich low notes.  This was an eye-opemer as I saw this singer at my local pub a few months back, doing her first ever gig, and she’d improved so much that it was an absolute joy.  The short concert ended with a spirited Girl From Ipanema.
You can catch the whole band in a concert at South Shields Town Hall this evening, (Friday).
Ann Alex

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