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Bebop Spoken There

John Scofield: "I like architecture that lends itself to improvisation." - (Jazzwise November, 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

13,837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1254 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 23).

From This Moment On ...

October

Tue 26: Classic Swing @ Ship inn, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the band’s weekly residency will be fortnightly until further notice.
Tue 26: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the Black Swan’s fortnightly jam session.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

November

Mon 01: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Friday, May 15, 2020

EP Review: Liza Pulman – The Heart Of It


Liza Pulman (voice); Joe Stilgoe (piano); Tony Levin (bass); various others on piano, bass, trumpet, guitar, alto sax, finger clicks.

The most interesting of the 4 EP tracks are I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling and Bye Bye Blackbird. The latter is a very slow version sung to piano and bass, with the actual verse cropping up mid-song, a pleasant change from the usual verse then chorus. The former is the most jazz-like track, a jaunty 1940's style rendition with trumpet and sax solos, great fun.


Unchained Melody and My Favourite Year were beautifully sung but not to my taste at all as the style was musical theatre, which I find rather artificial and over-emotional. Stilgoe and Levin, stars in their own right, add additional class to the recording and, like the singer, have no problem adapting to the varied styles required.

Liza Pulman hails from a theatrical background as her father was a screenwriter and her mother worked as an actress. She trained at the Guildhall School of Music and has performed opera at Glyndebourne and also in musical theatre. You may have seen her on television or even live, as she is one third of the singing and comedy group Fascinating Aida.

The EP is available digitally at www.lizapulman.com/music. The full album comes out in Spring 2021 and there will be a performance in London at the Riverside Studios April 19 – 25, 2021
Ann Alex

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