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Lakecia Benjamin: "From my early days with Clark Terry, he told me 'they see you before they hear you'... I'm just not from that school of thought where I'm gonna wear my jeans and T-shirt on stage and that's going to be respectable." - (Jazzwise, February 2023)

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

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Friday, January 12, 2018

CD Review: Ed Jones - For Your Ears Only

Ed Jones (tenor/soprano); Ross Stanley (piano); Riaan Vosloo (bass); Tim Giles (drums); Brigitte Beraha (vocal).
(Review by Lance).
Ed Jones first appeared on my radar with Killer Shrimp at the Corner House in May 2008. This was one of the earlier postings on BSH (Yes we're 10 years old this year - we should have a party!) and Jones, I quote, "Swung his ass off". He also played a significant part with Incognito for a number years (Incognito are back at Hoochie on Friday, January 19) and, on this album, his talents are, unlike some of his progressions, far from diminished.
Wayne Shorter is ever an inspiration but perhaps Brian Blain summed Ed Jones up to perfection when, on LondonJazzNews (one of the newer fellows), he posted '...all the swagger and sound of Rollins in his prime'.
Most of the compositions are by Jones. Vosloo has one and Beraha combines with Jones for Starbright which is dedicated to Shorter.  It's an ethereal, winsome ballad that captures the mood. 
Apart from the rip-roaring tenor and the probing soprano moments, by the leader, Stanley proves to be as powerful a pianist as he is an organist (it doesn't always follow), bass and drums do some kicking when the boot needs putting in, making this an album to check out and, if your local jazz club has a date to be filled they could look no further
There's a tour afoot that begins in April (apart from a gig on January 26 in The Crypt of St. Giles Church in Camberwell).
Unfortunately, this tour, so far, doesn't go further north than Scarborough, Leeds or Manchester. Once again Newcastle has missed out but, the CD will go a long way to making up for it and the above venues aren't too far away to hear it live.
Lance.

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