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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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13858 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 77 of them this year alone and, so far, 77 this month (Jan. 23).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio + Knats @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. POSTPONED!

Tue 25: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 10:00am - 12 noon. Rehearsal session (open to the public) .
Tue 25: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Murray Wankling, Paul Grainger, King David Ike-Elechi.

Wed 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 26: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 26: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public). CANCELLED!
Wed 26: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm .
Wed 26: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 27: Tobias Sarra & John Garner @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm .
Thu 27: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 27: Knats’ Night: Knats + Swannek @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:30pm. Free.
Thu 27: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm. CANCELLED! .
Thu 27: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 28: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: Ian Millar & Dominic Spencer @ Bishop Middleham Village Hall, Ferryhill. 8:00pm. £10.00.
Fri 28: Struggle Buggy @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blues band.

Sat 29: Lindsay Hannon & Martin Douglas @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Life Drawing & Live Music. Enrol at: www.cobaltstudios.co.uk.

Sun 30 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 30: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 30: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 30: Hot Club du Nord @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 31: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Monday, April 09, 2018

GIJF Day 3: Georgie Fame w. Guy Barker Big Band - Sage Gateshead, April 8.

(Review by Lance/Photo Courtesy/copyright of William Ellis)
As John Cumming of Serious said when introducing the final Sage One concert of the Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2018, "Georgie Fame was the 1960's pop star who most combined jazz and the pop music of the day" (or words to that effect) and I had to agree with him which was why I was eagerly sitting in Row S awaiting the appearance of the 74-year-old, still swinging (we hoped), superstar.
We weren't disappointed. He may have shuffled on like a man in the September of his years but the voice was still in midsummer. It was Yeh Yeh it was, which was the opening number.
This was better than the 1964 chart-topping single - this one had an extended tenor solo by Paul Booth.
The lyric to Yeh Yeh was by Jon Hendricks who was never far away spiritually. Hendricks also provided the vocalese lyric to Sometimes I'm Happy which was based on a Lester Young solo.
Screamin' Jay Hawkins' I Put a Spell on You had Fame reminiscing about Radio Caroline and meeting The Animals when they first came down to London. Strangely, given that he was in the northeast, he made no reference to the duo he formed with Alan Price some years later. Graeme Blevins blew cool tenor on this one.
Harry South arranged Basie's Little Pony with, once again, Hendricks supplying the words to the Wardell Gray tenor solo. Sammy Mayne had a blast on alto.
Guy Barker had certainly put together an all-star crew and guitarist Jim Mullen was featured on a Fame original, Blues at the Bull (Barnes). Despite recent ill-health (I'm told), Jim was in fine form and, on his day, there's none better - this was his day. Barnaby Dickinson also kicked in.
The star edged Jim Watson off the piano stool for an original, rather beautiful, ballad - I'll Sing You. GASbook material if ever there was, sung in a voice that has lost none of its once youthful charm. Gardner-Bateman on alto and a chorus or two of Jumping With Symphony Sid didn't do any harm either.
Cool Cat Blues and more tenor from that coolest of cats Paul Booth.
The LHR/Basie songbook provided Down for the Count and Blues Backstage (Blevins tenor). Interval time. A brief hello/handshake with Paul Booth. Some BSH PR work by Tony Eales with a couple from Darlo and a chance to gloat over the GBBB personnel with Russell and Patti.
Back into Sage One and an original entitled Vinyl which recalled memories, not only of the comeback kid format - AKA LP - but also of Ray's Jazz Record Shop in London.
Although the music up to now had been unashamedly jazz I still wasn't sure if it was a jazz or a pop audience. I got the answer when the unmistakable intro to The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde brought in that  1967 hit. Poppers would have applauded upon recognition whereas jazzers would save their applause for the solos - it was a jazzers' night!
Like Yeh Yeh this was even better than the original. Apart from the song I love the narrative lyric: Bonnie and Clyde got to be Public Enemy Number One, Running and hiding from every American lawman's gun etc."
And so the night rocked on. Everyone having a ball. A few memories about the late Steve Gray from Middlesbrough who collaborated with Fame on several projects. A song called Will Carling so named because it sounded a bit like Li'l Darlin' and a musical, Singer, based around Madeline Bell.
Papa's Got a Brand New Bag had Booth and Blevins in a two-tenor madness lift-off whilst City Life had some blistering trumpet from Tom Rees-Roberts.
Declaration of Love was so romantic and the final Rockin' Chair saw Georgie Fame alone at the piano as, one by one, the band packed up and left.
Stage-managed, I know, but still quite poignant.
An evening to remember what with Sheila Jordan in the afternoon, Georgie Fame in the evening and The House of the Black Gardenia in between it had been a Day to Remember!
Oh and yes, before Georgie Fame appeared, the GBBB gave an inspired performance of a Basie/Hefti style arrangement of I Can't Stop Loving You - and neither can we stop loving Georgie, Guy and the band!
Come back again soon.
Lance.
Georgie Fame (vocal/piano); Guy Barker (trumpet/MD); Nathan Bray, Tom Rees-Roberts, Pat White (trumpets); Winston Rollins, Barnaby Dickinson, Nichol Thomson, Mark Frost (trombones); Sammy Mayne, James Gardner-Bateman (altos); Graeme Blevins, Paul Booth (tenors); Colin Skinner (baritone); Jim Watson (piano); Alec Dankworth (bass); Jim Mullen (guitar); James Powell (drums).

1 comment :

Unknown said...

Totally agree Lance,a fantastic night. If there's a cooler 70 something guy in the world I'd be amazed. What a tremendous singer . You tend to forget how good some of the old guys are but Mr Fame underlined the ability it takes to sustain a very high level of musicality and singing
An all star band produced some terrific solos. Jim Mullen played an excellent solo as well
John Forster.

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