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Farewell Blues

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Bebop Spoken There

Kenny Barron: "During the pandemic I got to do a lot more cooking. As long as you can read you can cook." - (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

14865 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1114 of them this year alone and, so far, 20 this month (Dec. 6).

From This Moment On ...

December

Wed 07: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 12 noon-3:00pm.Free. New!
Wed 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 07: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 07: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 07: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Last one of the year, resuming Jan 26.
Thu 08: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 08: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm.
Thu 08: Christmas Crooners @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Thu 08: Musicians Unlimited @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. £5.00. on the door.

Fri 09: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £25.00. 'Afternoon Jazz with Festive Lunch'.
Fri 09: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 09: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: Jason Isaacs @ Northern Rugby Club, Gosforth, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £25.00 (inc. two course Xmas meal). Isaacs performing with backing tapes.

Sat 10: Lindsay Hannon & Martin Douglas: Life Drawing & Improvised Music @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. TBC.
Sat 10: Alan Barnes Octet: A Jazz Xmas Carol @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £20.00. All-star band!

Sun 11: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 11: Spanish City Rollers @ Northumberland Square, North Shields. 12:30pm. Free. Community band inc. Graham Hardy.
Sun 11: Am Jam @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free. Jam session, all welcome.
Sun 11: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Xmas party feat. Mick Donnelly Quartet. 4:00pm. Tickets: £6.00 (admission from 12 noon).
Sun 11: Paul Skerritt @ Liberty Brown's, Sunderland. 1:00pm.
Sun 11: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Sun 11: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 11: DC Blues Band @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free. Blues Band.
Sun 11: Jason Isaacs @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 5:30pm. SOLD OUT!
Sun 11: Boys of Brass @ Stack, Seaburn. 6:00pm. Free.
Sun 11: Elda with Faye MacCalman + John Pope & John Garner @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 12: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 12: Central Bar Quintet plays Kind of Blue @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 7:30pm. Concert performance + jam session. £5.00 (free admission to sitters-in).

Tue 13: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (table reservations 0191 386 5556). Feat. Johnny Murphy (keyboards).
Tue 13: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Murray Wankling, John Pope, John Bradford.
Tue 13: Abbie Finn Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:30pm. Xmas party.
Tue 13: King Bees @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Superb Chicago Blues Band.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Dee Dee Bridgewater – Cadogan Hall, EFG London Jazz Festival 2017 - November 16

(Review courtesy of Leah Williams, photo credit Giedrė Čėsnaitė)
The one and only Dee Dee Bridgewater doesn’t need any introduction but we were given one anyway, in which she was described as a “music chameleon”. Never was this description so aptly used as, every time I’ve seen her live, it has been something completely different and last night was no exception. Around this time last year, she was at Ronnie’s singing songs in dedication to Billie Holiday and the mood was powerfully melancholic with Dee Dee’s voice out in full jazz standard force. Last night, she was on stage celebrating the release of her new album Memphis….Yes, I’m Ready, looking back at the blues and soul music of her birth town Memphis, Tennessee.

Quite a departure from the classic jazz that won her the 2017 NEA Jazz Master title. The truth is though, Dee Dee is one of those rare, gifted vocalists who could, as the saying goes, sing the phone book and people would be queuing up to hear. Whether gently crooning or belting out some soul, every note is faultless and full of inspiring energy and love of music. 

Last night was a dazzling performance, in more ways than one. Coming out on stage sparkling in every which way possible, the show was high-octane energy from start to finish. She was joined on stage by the fantastic musicians of Memphis Soulphony and two backing singers. She preceded the performance by recognising that this new music was a bit of a risk for her, and one that she hoped would pay off. There was no trepidation or holding back though. She didn’t tone things down or create some kind of jazz hybrid versions of the songs to try and appease the more judgemental listener. This album is one in which she’s allowed herself to unleash her soul diva completely, immersing herself in the groundbreaking music of the 60s.

Still, in her own words, this music was being “revisited and revamped” and of course the Dee Dee stamp was fully recognisable. This project is obviously a labour of love and one that is intensely personal for her. It was mostly music she had heard on the legendary radio station WDIA (the first station to exclusively programme black music) and on which her own father, Matthew Garrett, was a featured DJ for a time. We were treated to timeless numbers such as Gladys Knight’s Giving Up, Ann Peebles’ I Can’t Stand the Rain, and — as a fantastic encore finale — Otis Redding’s Try a Little Tenderness. In between there were reinventions of perhaps lesser known songs from The Soul Children and The Staples Singers

On this journey with Dee Dee, we were let into details of her life as a child and teenager and this side of her musical roots and heritage. It was very exposing and endearing and one that you couldn’t help but appreciate and connect with. As usual, she gave her all to the audience and to each piece, with some incredible vocals and interaction with the band members. There were some joyous moments of unanimous scatting with the guitar and musical dialogues with the sax that in particular both impressed and appeased our jazz expectations slightly. 

Perhaps the highlight of the night, though, was when, after talking about the tendency (her own included) to throw underwear at the stage at Al Green concerts, some enterprising guy (“Craig from Canada” we later found out) took his own boxers down and threw them at Dee Dee’s feet. Upon discovering them, what did she do? Why, put them on of course! And then proceeded to do the entire concert wearing them over her outfit. There are not many singers out there who would do this and it is her ability to truly have fun and not take herself too seriously that puts Dee Dee up there at the top of the entertainer ranks. And, well, why shouldn’t she? She hasn’t got anything to prove. Her talent goes far beyond any clothing choices, after all.

It would be amiss not to mention the opening set, which was performed by the Camilla George Quartet. Camilla, alto saxophonist and composer, is a rising star on the London jazz scene and it’s easy to hear why, listening to her play live. This short but oh-so-sweet set was the perfect opener, creating a real buzz in the hall. Pieces were cleverly chosen, two newer tracks and one from recently released album Isang, to show the young saxophonist’s range and capabilities and give much deserved room to her incredible band. Special mention has to go out to Sarah Tandy on piano, whose playing was quite mesmerising and got a deserved big reaction from the audience. 
Leah
Band line-up:




Keys Dell Smith
Guitar Charlton Johnson
Bass Barry Campbell
Drums Carlos Sargent
Trumpet Curtis Pulliam
Tenor Sax Bryant Lockhart

Singers:
Christina Matoboo
Monet Owens

Camilla George Quartet:
Alto sax Camilla George
Drums Winston Clifford
Piano Sarah Tandy
Bass Dan Casimir

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