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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).

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sean Noonan’s Memorable Sticks @ The Jazz Cafe September 22

Sean Noonan (drums,vocals), Johnny Richards(keyboards), Mick Bardon (bass)
(Review by Steve H).
Brooklyn’s Sean Noonan took to the stage wearing his customary gold boxing gown. On reaching the drum kit, he disrobed revealing his prize-fighting outfit. Noonan is a one-off maverick who entertains and enthrals in equal measures. This particular trio seemed to feature every style of music imaginable: punk, rock, pop, vaudeville, cabaret, hard bop, bebop etc etc. A mesmerising cornucopia of styles and genres, yet amazingly enough it works brilliantly. It’s the equivalent of being on a jazz fairground waltzer as one is thrown around at a great and dizzying pace. 
Noonan is not only a great entertainer but also a phenomenal drummer and was wonderfully abetted by Johnny Richards on keys and Mick Bardon on electric bass. The pair manage to keep deadpan throughout despite the bandleader’s cavalier antics. Lyrically, Noonan may not be Joni Mitchell or for that matter Bob Dylan, but he still pens memorable stuff such as on the song    A Sunny Day  - take my hand and tap dance on thin ice and I would forgive anything for a man who composed  the song TAD The Aqua Diva – wonderful stuff.
Steve H.

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