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Farewell Blues

R I P Terry Shannon - November 5, 1929 - October 29, 2022
R I P Oliver Soden - ? - November 6, 2022
R I P Top Cat Daphne - ? - November 24, 2022.
R I P Louise Tobin - November 11, 1918 - November 26, 2022

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

14845 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1094 of them this year alone and, so far, 93 this month (Nov. 30).

From This Moment On ...

November

December

Sun 04: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 04: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 04: Remi Harris & Tom Moore @ Bowes & Gilmonby Parish Hall, Co. Durham. 7:30pm.
Sun 04: Liane Carroll @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. adv., £12.00. door.
Sun 04: Let Spin + Ceitidh Mac @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Mon 05: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 05: Sia Ahmad & Raymond MacDonald @ Blank Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Tickets: £5.00. from www.seetickets.com. Live recording session - note no late admissions. BYOB.

Tue 06: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (table reservations 0191 386 5556). Feat. Johnny Murphy (keyboards).

Wed 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 07: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 12 noon-3:00pm.Free. New!
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!

Sunday, September 15, 2019

CD Review: Patrick Barnitt – Sway

(Review by Ann Alex)

Patrick Barnitt grew up among his musical family in New Jersey USA where he played sax, bass, piano and also sang. He became an actor and then began singing in jazz clubs around LA. He has sung at the Dresden Hollywood night club for the last 25 years, whilst also playing many roles as an actor in films and TV, including appearances in Star Trek. Barnitt had always wanted to do a big band CD, and this is it.

And this is a very enjoyable CD, especially for those who like singers doing their stuff with a big band of stellar musicians. We get mostly jazz standards and Latin numbers and also interpretations of 3 pop songs, sung in a warm tenor voice. Standout tracks include Please Be Kind (new to me) with interesting lyrics such as 'Well this is my first affair, handle my heart with care'; Sway, which is done as a bolero-mambo, with Latin percussion; Ace Blues, which is a happy sort of blues with a rocky guitar solo; The Truth is a duet with Laura Pursell, each singer taking alternate lines, and a bluesy piano solo.

The best track on my reckoning is the last one, a heartfelt rendition of One For My Baby, a sad atmospheric ballad with strings and piano accompaniment. Touch Me (originally by the Doors) is the least successful track and doesn't quite come off, but that may be because I don't believe that anyone can do Doors songs as well as they did. The other tracks are The More I See You; I've Got You Under My Skin: Cascade; Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?; Quando Quando Quando; Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey?; Just In Time.
 Ann Alex

Patrick Barnitt – Sway is currently available in stores and online. 

Patrick Barnitt (vocals); Paul McDonald (piano); Ricky Z (guitar); Cooper Appelt (bass);Jake Reed (drums); Rusty Higgins, Mike Nelson (alto sax); Eric Morones, Brian Clancey (tenor sax); Ken Fisher (baritone sax); Bijon Watson, Walter Simonson, Jeff Jarvis, Barbara Loronga (trumpet); Paul Young, Duane Benjamin, Nick DePinna, Rich Bullock (trombone) + guests on various tracks: Stephen Oberhoff (piano, Hammond B3, keyboards, guitar, percussion, strings); Kendall Kay (drums); Celso Alberti (percussion, drums); Robert Kyle (flute, tenor sax); Everette Harp (sax); Laura Pursell (vocals); Meloney Collins, Kenna Ramsey, Laura Dickinson (backing singers)

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