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Bebop Spoken There

Greg Abate: "So many sounds are ugly now. There are no harmonics, no chords. What do people hear these days? Why do things have to change from that good music?" (JazzTimes June/July 2022)

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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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Postage

14378 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 597 of them this year alone and, so far, 2 this month (July 2).

From This Moment On ...

July

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Ruth Lambert & Martin Craggs @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 07: Lara Jones + Echo Juliet @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 07: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 08: Alex Clarke Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 09: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Zoë Gilby Duo (12 noon); Vieux Carré Jazzmen (1:35pm); Harmony Brass (3:10pm); Ruth Lambert Quartet (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Jazz Café Jam Session - April 17

Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (bass); Rob Walker (drums) + Paul Gowland (alto); Ben Richardson, Joel Brown (piano); John Pope (bass); Charlie Gordon (guitar); Matt Lack, John Bradford(drums); Kate O'Neill, Weiting Huang; James Shouten, Chloe Watson, ?? (vocals).
(Review by Lance)
Tonight's jam had a plethora of pianists, a drove of drummers, a swarm of singers, even a brace of bassists (a very rare occurrence ) but only a solitary saxophonist. Fortunately, the saxophonist was Paul Gowland who is worth ten men whether you want ten men or not - tonight we did. His Autumn in New York, Cottontail and Someday My Prince Will Come were simply superb.
Accompanied by young Joel Brown the pairing worked well (not forgetting the trojan work put in by Paul Grainger and Rob Walker's drum solo on Cottontail).

Prior to Joel, Alan Law had dazzled with Herbie Hancock's Driftin'; Lulu's Back in Town and his own arrangement of a French chanson - Souvenir de Paris? - un tour de force. Ben Richardson threw his hat into the ring with Softly as in a Morning Sunrise and There will Never be Another You. Like the other two pianists, Ben performed miracles on a piano that needs a little tweaking by the tuner.
First of the singers was a newcomer to the Caff - Kate O'Neill from down south (Middlesbrough to be precise). I was delighted when Kate opened up with Carl Sigman's Crazy he Calls me. A tune recorded at one time by Billie Holiday and sung well by the lady from Teesside. It also served as a reminder that Daryl Sherman, currently on a UK tour, is centering her show around the music of Carl Sigman - details
Kate did some off-mic scatting which deserved to be better heard. Not many can sing Loverman successfully but this girl was the exception with some great jazz phrasing. Later, she sang Close to You that I only heard briefly as, unfortunately, it was time for me to take a train.
Let's hope we hear her again.
Surprise! Surprise! A male singer appears and, apart from the occasional visit by Paul Skerritt, this doesn't happen very often.
James Schouten was out on parole from the Royal Academy of Music where he is studying opera.
The arias he chose tonight were Misty by Garner and Fly me to the Moon by Richard Branson.
A powerful voice that filled the room with or without the mic he also had a stage presence that will stand him in good stead when singing Largo Al Factotum. It didn't do him any harm here either. I look forward to Act 2.
Another voice with volume was that of Chloe Watson (got the name right this week) who reprised At Last à la Etta. She even managed to drown out the boisterous birthday party down at the other end of the room.
Rather more reticent was Weiting Huang who sang Quiet Nights and the girl who sang Blue Moon - sorry, I didn't catch your name. Both showed promise.
Apart from Rob Walker, we had Matt Lock and John Bradford on drums. Both did the job without any pyrotechnics - just solid timekeeping that didn't cause any disruption.
Oh yes, I almost forgot, there was also Charlie Gordon on guitar. He played mainly rhythm but, when called upon, proved to be a fluent soloist.
Paul Grainger must have fingertips like a cobbler's thumb when he goes home after a night of nonstop pizzicato so that when John Pope arrived Paul must have experienced similar feelings to Baden-Powell when Mafeking was relieved.
Another good one!
Lance

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