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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.

Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

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15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Clare Teal @ the Gala Theatre, Durham - Feb. 14

Clare Teal (vocal); Jason Rebello (piano); Tim Thornton (bass); Ben Reynolds (drums).
(Review by Lance)

After the final do-wa-do-wa-do-wa brought the classic Ellington number - and the show -  to a close the capacity audience at Durham's Gala Theatre stood up as one and ovated in appreciation. Deservedly so, Clare Teal had just wowed them as she invariably does with her warm and, often funny, show.

I use the word funny as, should she - God forbid - ever give up music a  career in stand-up would pay the bills. Not that that is likely, after last night's performance. Her jazz chops are still the tops even though Barnsley's First Lady appears to be dipping her toes into more contemporary material.

Good on her! However, whatever she touches the jazz element is never far away.

A Wonderful Day Like Today set the mood and who cared about the threat of Hurricane Dennis? This was a wonderful day despite the, hopefully not prophetic, title that followed - Nothing's Gonna be Alright. You've Changed was another sad song of a broken relationship but so beautifully sung.

Blossom Dearie was represented by They Say It's Spring and Maxine Sullivan with Charlie Shavers' arrangement of If I Had a Ribbon Bow originally done for Maxine with the John Kirby Sextet.

The tempo upped dramatically with The Way You Look Tonight giving a new meaning to the line "Keep that breathless charm"! The trio driving her on - my favourite number of the night although most of the other tunes weren't far behind.

A Paul McCartney number that I didn't recognise, then Tainted Love and a surprisingly effective I Will Survive.

During the interval, as the John Duck pub appeared to be closed, I stayed in the theatre bar for a glass (plastic) of a pale ale that was potable.

Second half opened with The Song is You followed by Elton John's We All Fall in Love Sometimes, Lost on You, It's Raining then the inevitable My Funny Valentine. Not my favourite Rogers and Hart song but, after hearing Clare's version, it could be.

Let's Do It has a zillion verses yet our singer managed to produce a line of her own - "Beatles and Animals Do it"!

We were in the home straight now, Mack the Knife à la Ella in Berlin, Elvis' Don't and, finally It Don't Mean a Thing.

A final word on the trio without who nothing would have happened. Rebello is undoubtedly at the pointy end of the jazz pianists' echelon. He swings, he's sensitive and sympathetic to his surroundings. Indeed the same could be said of both Thornton and Reynolds - more than mere accompanists but iconic figures in their own right. For good measure they even provided some backing vocals - on the Elvis number Clare referred to them as The Jasonaires!

After the show, Clare took time out to pose for a photo with an aging blogger!
Lance.

6 comments :

Liz said...

I was there in spirit Lance, so reminiscent of when she came to York last June. She consistently comes up with the goods. Her flirty presence on stage just adds to the mix, and her anecdotes are a delight.Here is a performer who gives 100%. Like you I appreciated the musicians, their backing on "Don't" was a joy. Long may she continue to tour!

Steve H on F/b. said...

Well at least one of you looks happy!

Steve T said...

Mostly agree but I don't think the 'new' stuff stood up to the standards, which ranged from good to spectacular.
Had she wanted to demonstrate how pop songs were better in the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s, the Paul McCartney song (presumably Linda not Lemon) would make a splendid example. Tainted Love and I Will Survive were exposed as rather naff novelty records, though her scatting and (presumably) Spanish almost saved the latter, and the Elvis, more or less on the axis between old and new - and with access to 'proper' songwriters - was a poor choice which didn't suit her voice.
Somebody said to me she talks too much, but I confessed that was a large part of the attraction for me, and somebody else questioned whether her canny Northern (well - Yorkshire) lass persona was a disguise with a diva hidden beneath. If so, all credit to her, she does it very well.

Steve T said...

PS. During the show, she asked the band what the first record they bought was and confessed her own and I can't believe the current hegemony in this country has Sting and Macca cooler than Fred Astaire. When did that happen?

Daryl Sherman (on F/b) said...

So great to see you Lance! Hugs from NYC!

Steve T said...

Fellow Steve, she's quite a long lady and I think Lance was straining to get on to his tip-toes. Lance, everybody who contributes to and reads Bebop Spoken Here knows you're a giant.

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