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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.
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Postage

13,822 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1239 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 18).

From This Moment On ...

October

Mon 18: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 18: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Wed 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 20: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 20: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 20: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 8:00pm.

Thu 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 21: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra.
Thu 21: Alter Ego @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle 7:30pm.
Thu 21: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 21: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 22: Mick Shoulder Quartet @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Quartet featuring Alex Clarke (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist).
Fri 22: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: Paul Edis Trio w Ruth Lambert @ St Cuthbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 22: Michael Feinstein @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 22: Peter Morgan Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 23: Mary Coughlan @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 23: Têtes de Pois @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 24 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 24: Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 24: Milne Glendinning Band @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Book Review: Ronnie Scott's 1959-69. Photographs by Freddy Warren

(Review by Lance)

Jazz and photography have had a long and mutual love affair with each other. Nothing captures the memory of a gig better than that of a photo of a saxophone player in full flight, each bead of perspiration caught by the camera, or that of a trumpet player, eyes closed, cheeks extended, heading for the moon. Somehow, a hambone video taken by someone in the audience and posted on YouTube rarely does credit to the performance or the performer. 

With a photo, particularly if you were present, it brings it all back and even if you weren't there it helps you to visualise it.

This latest addition to the ranks of jazz photo albums can sit proudly alongside the collections of such as William Claxton, David Redfern, Val Wilmer and many others.

Freddy Warren was a regular at Ronnie Scott's from the days, or rather nights, at Gerrard St to the current venue in Frith St., for 20 years taking atmospheric shots of the legends who appeared there.

Sadly, after some years of ill health, Freddy Warren died in 2010 during a fire at his home.

Freddy's nephew, Simon Whittle, rescued as many photos and negatives as he could from the charred remains of the apartment in Euston and the result is what eventually emerged in this collection.

They're mainly - but not all - in black and white and perfectly capture the era not least because when a musician hasn't got a horn in his hand he's holding or smoking a cigarette!

Ronnie Scott's, as we all know, has presented just about every great jazz musician and many of the players and singers from those early years are captured here.

Amazing shots of Basie, Cannonball, Tony Bennett, Lockjaw, Dizzy, Duke, Ella, Miles, Bill Evans, Tubbs, Buddy Rich, Stan Getz, Ben Webster and a whole lot more.

Also fascinating are the clips of the MM ads from those early days that adorn the inside of the book's hardback covers.

I'd have liked to have had a few more words accompanying the pictures but, as the man behind the lens is no longer with us, that's just wishful thinking. Besides, if a picture paints a 1000 words etc.

It's much more than a coffee table book, it's a musical history book to adorn your shelves but don't put it so high that you can't reach it!

The Guardian posted some shots from the album here and there is an exhibition currently running at the Barbican Library in London until January 4, 2020.

It's available via the usual online outlets and from all good bookstores

To purchase individual photos go here.
Lance

Freddy Warren, Graham Marsh, Simon Whittle - Ronnie Scott's 1959-69. Reel Art Press ISBN: 978-1- 9095266-3-1. £29.95 

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