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Lakecia Benjamin: "From my early days with Clark Terry, he told me 'they see you before they hear you'... I'm just not from that school of thought where I'm gonna wear my jeans and T-shirt on stage and that's going to be respectable." - (Jazzwise, February 2023)

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!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Jazz Coop Livestream: Liane Carroll - June 14

Liane Carroll (vocals, keyboard)

Yes, the singing and playing was enjoyable, but what made this event really good for me was Liane's lovely personality, friendly, chatty and approachable, if you can say that about an online performance. Many others enjoyed the evening too, 66 were waiting on YouTube before the start and the comments box displayed people's eagerness. Numbers built up to 102 maximum, so imagine the Jazz Coop trying to fit all those into the Globe!

Liane treated us to no less than 11 songs in the hour, plus a medley and an encore, along with anecdotes about her life and comments about the songs. And of course her skilled keys playing was full of enthusiasm and aplomb. No messing around and time-wasting, so I'd better do the same, and simply list the set.

Almost Like Being In Love: the second chorus was sung as scat with no accompaniment, clever stuff, a very lively version.

You Don't Know Me: a very impassioned second chorus on this one

Bring Me Sunshine: from the Seaside album, reminding Liane of happy childhood memories of watching comedy on TV

Autumn Leaves; Falling In Love With Love and St Louis Blues (as per Bessie Smith)

My Baby Just Cares For Me (with the well-known Nina Simone piano intro and outro) which morphed into Sinner Man

Here's To Life; I Get Along Without You Very Well - two ballads sung with feeling, and connected with her mother as she was dying

Untitled, I think Liane forgot to tell us, but something about walking through raindrops,
No Moon At All done as a tango, great fun

Ever Since I Put Your Picture in a Frame (Tom Waits)

The medley included Liane's own song Dublin Morning; Suzanne (Leonard Cohen); Summertime (sung to a tinkling piano that even Lance would have enjoyed); My Favorite Things and also a song about dying which was cheery, which morphed into something lively about California Shoeshine Boys (Laura Nyo), which sounded like fun.

The evening was beautifully rounded off with a song for Black Lives Matter, Harvest For The World. Then Liane wished us 'Peace and Love' and was then, unfortunately, gone.

Soon to return I hope, sometime, some place.
Ann Alex

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