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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! --

Postage

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.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Streaming Tomasso, Oliver 'n' Louis - April 17

It's Friday again and this week it's Rico Tomasso playing more Louis, today in the company of the man from Portland, Oregon, currently in Lockdown London, Mr Andrew Oliver. Convivial chat from Armstrong devotee Tomasso with some first rate trumpet playing a la Louis, pianist Oliver departing from his Jelly Roll specialism to adopt the role of Earl Hines, the half hour live stream flew by. 


Three numbers plus an insightful gem as told to Rico by Bob Wilber, tonight's session was oiled by another bottle of Old Speckled Hen and was that a bottle of Old Peculier in reserve? Rico mentioned he lived near to Fuller's Brewery, by coincidence your reviewer was supping a bottle of Fuller's 1845. Once in a While fom the 1926 studio date, Rico waiting for Andrew's recorded piano accompaniment to kick in, our man was beginning to get the hang of this live stream business. 

Perdido St Blues, a glug from the Speckled Hen then a marvellous story about Rico sharing a table listening to Bob Wilber tell a true story. Sidney Bechet went missing hours before Armstrong's '47 Town Hall concert. Wilber was there, at the time he was staying with Bechet, he was asked to stand in, he declined the invitation thinking this was too big a gig for him! What Rico didn't tell us, perhaps Wilber didn't tell Rico, was did he, Wilber, live to regret passing up the opportunity?

By popular request - lots of people have been watching the live streams - Rico and Andrew closed with Weather Bird. And that was it, at least from Andrew Oliver (he'll be back again at seven o'clock Saturday), although Rico Tomasso went out on a trumpet and vocal take on What a Wonderful World. Our host noted that Louis never played a trumpet part, he always sang the number. Your reviewer had never considered this. Yes, Rico was right, unless readers can prove him wrong. See you tomorrow (Saturday) 7:00pm.   
Russell

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