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Veronica Swift: "I don't want to call myself a jazz singer anymore. I'm a singer and a storyteller.'" - (JazzTimes, December 2021)

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! --

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13837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 56 of them this year alone and, so far, 56 this month (Jan. 16).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Mon 17: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

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.

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 @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

CD Review: Juliet Wood - Sconsolato

Juliet Wood (vocal); John Crawford (piano); Andres Lafone (bass); Andres Ticino (drums).

Juliet Wood, a new name to me, is a little bit different to most jazz singers inasmuch as her diction is near perfect whilst still retaining the jazz feeling.

A mix of the familiar and not so familiar, Juliet makes each song tells a story. 

Manhattan in the Rain, one of two Duncan Lamont songs, begins with our singer colliding with a man whilst running for a cab. They share the cab but does romance blossom?


Midnight Sun, the classic Johnny Mercer lyric where he manages a triple rhyme with red and ruby chalice, alabaster palace and Aurora Borealis!

Kirsty MacColl's In These Shoes has a Latin feel and the lyric is rather raunchy.

Jimmy Woode's Sconsolato is described by Ian Shaw as "beautifully arranged and beautifully sung". Well Ian knows a thing or two about these things and I'm not going to disagree. Sconsolato in Italian means sad and disconsolate (in case you're wondering).

Strayhorn's Chelsea Bridge is a wordless virtuoso performance worthy of Covent Garden (The Royal Opera House not the market).

Voice and bass bring in Fascinating Rhythm in reflective mode before breaking out into a brief  Latin shake it shuffle.

Kenny Barron's Journey Within (Voyage) enables our girl  to manipulate the tricky theme and change of rhythm with seeming ease.

A Slow Hot Wind by Mancini is another probing, melancholic song.

Hoagy's Lyin' To Myself is not too well known but it should be.

Hoagy and Mercer combine for I Walk With Music. Another hidden gem that brings out the best in Juliet - and vice versa,

Just as she started the lady finishes with another Duncan Lamont song. A tribute sung by a lady singer about another lady singer - Lady Day - Billie Holiday.

I know know I've concentrated on the songs and the singer but the album wouldn't mean a thing without the splendid support from the accompanying trio.

Well worth checking out and if she's on a gig (remember them?) or streams onto your smart phone or PC (remember them?) then seize the moment. If not, by the CD (remember them?)
Lance

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