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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

14250 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 469 of them this year alone and, so far, 69 this month (May 19).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Fri 20: Andrea Vicari Trio @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Vicari (piano), Andy Champion (double bass), Abbie Finn (drums).
Fri 20: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: Swing Bridge @ Garden House Coffee, Hallgate, Hexham. 4:05pm.
Fri 20: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 20: Customs House Big Band w Ruth Lambert @ Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm.
Fri 20: Andrea Vicari Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club. Vicari (piano), Andy Champion (double bass), Abbie Finn (drums).

Sat 21: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Market Place, Darlington. 11:00am - 3:00pm. All star line-up!
Sat 21: Elkie Brooks @ Whitley Bay Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra @ The Hippodrome, Darlington. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 22 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 22: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 22: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 22: Abstract Orchestra plays J Dilla @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Sun 22: Panharmonia @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 23: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 25: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 25: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 25: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 26: Deep Pope + Garner & Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.00.
Thu 26: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 26: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 26: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Paul Edis: Lockdown Live #14 - June 19

Paul Edis (piano, vocals)

Strike Up the Band commanded George Gershwin and so began today's 'Lockdown Live' lunchtime set by Paul Edis. YouTube the platform, pianist Edis the performer, no fewer than eleven tunes this sunny Friday afternoon with PEAS* members looking in from near (sunny Ashington, Gateshead and Newcastle) and far (rainy season Saigon).


The first of two vocal numbers - Sammy Fain and Paul Webster's Secret Love - continued the one hour piano  masterclass. If there was a remake of Calamity Jane who would play the Doris Day role and would Dr Edis be cast riding shotgun on the Deadwood Stage? From the wonderfully ridiculous, technicolor Wild West to the prodigiously talented Michel Petrucciani. French pianist Petrucciani died way too young (your reviewer caught him in concert at the Jazz Cafe, Camden in a triple bill with, if memory serves, John Scofield and Tommy Smith) and today's selection - Looking Up - was a request by Colin Muirhead. Be sure to log on to Colin's Jazz on the Tyne programme at: www.capne.org (Saturdays, noon and Wednesdays 9:00pm for a quick repeat) broadcasting from Hive Radio's Jarrow studio.

Bill Evans' Very Early (Edis is a fan of fellow pianist Evans), another Colin Muirhead request, this time for My Foolish Heart (Victor Young/Ned Washington) with our host taking the opportunity to plug and praise Jo Harrop and Jamie McCredie's recently released album Weathering the Storm which includes a sublime version of the GASbook number, followed by a 'guess the composer' tune...Make Me Rainbows. Any ideas (it won't help but Edis briefly quoted Satin Doll)? Dr Google came to the assistance of one YouTube watcher...John 'Johnny' Williams (of Star Wars fame and, undoubtedly, fortune). At its conclusion Edis glanced at a screen: Ah, Dr Google, that's cheating! said our London lockdown performer in the middle of his fourteenth consecutive weekly Friday live stream set.

Baroque contrapuntal keyboard brilliance framed Miles' Solar, the kind of playing that elicits cheers at high-octane jam sessions (remember them?), Lerner and Loewe's Almost Like Being in Love. These Foolish Things (comp. Jack Strachey/lyrics Holt Marvell - thanks to Dr Google) offered Edis a second opportunity to sing a number and the love theme continued with There is no Greater Love (comp. Isham Jones/lyrics Marty Symes) with another sleight-of-hand quotation thrown in for good measure, this time I'm Beginning to See the Light. Today's session (hard to believe it was week number 14!), with our exiled north-eastener in playful mood throughout, drew to a close with Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields' On the Sunny Side of the Street. More next week, one o'clock sharp.

PEAS = Paul Edis Appreciation Society.      
Russell  

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