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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.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Lindsay Hannon: Lockdown Session - April 20

Lindsay Hannon (vocal/ukelele).

Surely the most difficult musical task is to sing unaccompanied. Alone, without guitar or keyboard to keep you on track, it can be so easy for intonation to aft gang agley as R.Burns* once said. 

Lindsay Hannon has no such worries - every note she hits is pitch perfect even when singing some low down dirty blues she's in tune apart from when the song demands that she isn't.

Tonight her subject was death - a subject we're very familiar with these days although it has been a vital part of music since time immemorial. A grand opera wouldn't be a grand opera if the hero or heroine didn't pop their clogs in the final scene. 

This wasn't grand opera but it was grand singing in any genre.

Travellin' Shoes, one of two Bessie Jones' numbers opened the stream, preceded by a slurp of a potion from the Allendale Brewery. If you're going to sing the blues you've got to live the blues although it has to be said that Lindsay's pad and the Allendale booze looks to be infinitely preferable to drinking muddy water and sleeping in a hollow log.

Another Man Done Gone. I can't comment too much on this one as Facebook had done gone spasmodically into freeze mood. The unfrozen parts sounded good.

More Bessie Jones with Death Have Mercy.  I must admit that, prior to Lindsay, I was unfamiliar with Bessie Jones. Lindsay drawing attention to the gospel/folk singer who died in 1984  prompts me to investigate further.

Drown in my Own Tears - Janis Joplin. Some might query Lindsay's statement that Joplin never had a band that gave her the backing she needed. Others might wonder if any band could. Nevertheless, Lindsay did the job with just her own ukulele for backing - our gal don't need no holding company!

Lindsay's back next week at the same time (7:15pm) with more beer and blues.
Lance.

*Robbie Burns, the Scottish poet and not to be confused with local bluesman Ray Burns although he too may have  made a similar remark and both men often appear to have shared the same tailor.

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