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Robert Shrimsley: "In the cool Olympics, clarinetists rarely make it past the qualifying rounds" - i newspaper Sept. 26, 2020.

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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".

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11,802 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 1042 of them this year alone and, so far, 69 this month (Sept. 25).

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SEPTEMBER

IT IS ADVISABLE TO CHECK IN ADVANCE WITH THE VENUE THAT THE GIG IS ON

SUNDAY 27

Happy Birthday Ruth Lambert.

Vieux Carre Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Tel: 0191 691 7090. Free.

OCTOBER

THURSDAY 1

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

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Maine St Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside Road, Sunniside NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:00 -10:00pm. Free. Note earlier start/finish. CANCELLED! Back on October 8

Smoove & Turrell (Unplugged) - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 7:00pm (6:00pm doors). £25.00. Limited capacity, book at www.hoochiecoochie.co.uk.

FRIDAY 2

Smoove & Turrell (Unplugged) - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 7:00pm (6:00pm doors). £25.00. Limited capacity, book at www.hoochiecoochie.co.uk. SOLD OUT!

TBC - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity. A Blind Pig Blues Club event.

SATURDAY 3

Emma Wilson Blues Band - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7DN. 8:00pm. Limited capacity, in the first instance register for the live stream (£5.45.) at: www.jazzcoop.

SUNDAY 4

Vieux Carre Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Tel: 0191 691 7090. Free.

Gerry Richardson Quintet - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7DN. 8:00pm. Limited capacity, in the first instance register for the live stream (£5.45.) at: www.jazzcoop. The band’s 25th anniversary celebrations!

Friday, May 29, 2020

Kai Hoffman: Livestream - May 29

Kai Hoffman (vocals); Roger Lewyn (piano).

I missed the first 53 minutes thinking I'd be just in time to catch Kai's last number. 

I was wrong! I caught her last five numbers!

I blinked! Was this Kai? Last time I saw her was upstairs in Ronnie's where she was launching an album. On that occasion she was the archetypal blonde bombshell and the party was like something out of Some Like it Hot (BBC2 tomorrow, 3:40pm) with Kai in great voice.

This was back in 2013 and the American expat has toned down her hair but not her voice!

As I said, at the beginning, I was expecting one number and got five!

Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets; There Will Never be Another You; I Will Survive - don't cringe, forget all the karaokes that had you sneaking out of the lounge and seeking refuge in the bar. Instead, remember Gloria Gaynor's original version. This is as good an alternative as you're gonna get. We'll Meet Again - course we will, er won't we? Done here as a sort of doo-wop shuffle.

Finally, that good old Newcastle/New Orleans/Wallsend number - The House of the Rising Sun.

Before closing, a massive shout to Roger Lewyn who, although unseen, contributed massively - he's a man who plays mighty fine piano, yes sirree! Kai being American I thought I'd throw in a couple of phrases I picked up from watching B-movies just to make her feel at home.

Kai is back next Friday at 7:30pm.
Lance.

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