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Bebop Spoken There

Roseanna Vitro: "Have you ever tried singing a bridge to a Charlie Parker song? It just looks like the craziest thing in the world to me.'" - (DownBeat, January 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! --

Postage

13848 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 67 of them this year alone and, so far, 67 this month (Jan. 20).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.
Sat 22: Ian Millar & Dominic Spencer @ Hamsteels Community Centre, Esh Winning. 8:00pm. £10.00.

Sun 23 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 23: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 23: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

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).
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.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ The Lit & Phil - Nov 15


 Jo Harrop (vocals); Jamie McCredie (guitar)
(Review by Russell)

Over the last decade or so, Jo Harrop has been a frequent visitor to her native north east to perform intimate duo gigs to large scale concert engagements. In contrast, Jamie McCredie hasn't played a jazz gig on home turf during that time. Vocalist Jo and guitarist Jamie live and work in London and this Lit & Phil lunchtime engagement was a first opportunity for a Tyneside audience to hear them working as a duo.

The one o'clock, one hour set turned out to be one of those 'extra seating' gigs such was the demand to catch Jo and Jamie's performance. A list of no fewer than fifteen tunes to work their way through, it was unlikely that all of them would make the cut. Old Devil Moon for starters - perfect, Jo sensational as always, Jamie outstanding. Ten years on, just how good was/is Jamie? We remembered him as a fine guitarist, perhaps we forgot/didn't take into account how much better he'd become over the last decade. 

TenderlyYou'd Be So Nice to Come Home To, the Ralph Burns/Woody Herman (Johnny Mercer lyrics) seasonally apposite Early Autumn, each and every number Jo pitch-perfect, Jamie endlessly inventive, the Lit & Phil audience attuned to every subtle shift, every nuance. 

Jobim's Once I Loved temporarily lifted the autumn gloom before we got to the heart of Jo and Jamie's set. Two numbers - Ain't Got Nothin' but the Blues followed by In the Wee Small Hours (David Mann/Bob Hilliard) - were as good as you'll hear. Jo can sing a blues, Jamie can play a blues - superb stuff. And then In the Wee Small Hours - Jo told the story of David Mann's son hearing Jo and Jamie perform the song and getting in touch to say his father would have loved their version. How good is that?!

Sure enough, time was pressing and one or two numbers fell by the wayside. Tom Waits' Take it with Me was retained, similarly What a Little Moonlight Can Do (with some rather shy audience participation). At five minutes to two our duo signed off with Victor Young's My Foolish Heart. If the art of jazz singing and immaculate jazz guitar playing is remotely your thing then do yourself a favour - the next time Jo Harrop and Jamie McCredie are in town make sure you're there, you'll be in for a treat.

If you're quick you could catch them tonight at Holy GrAle on Crossgate Durham. It's a 7:30pm start, eight pounds on the door. Please note the basement venue is on the small side, arrive in good time or you won't get in!    
Russell

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