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Farewell Blues

R.I.P. HRH Queen Elizabeth ll (1926 - Sept. 8, 2022).
R.I.P. Trevor Tomkins (1941 - Sept. 9, 2022).
R.I.P. Gordon McGregor (Sept. 11, 2022).
R.I.P. Ramsey Lewis (1935 - Sept. 12, 2022).
R.I.P. Pharoah Sanders (Oct. 13, 1940 - Sept. 24, 2022).

Bebop Spoken There

Larry Klein: "- in a certain way - Leonard [Cohen] is the greatest songwriter ever." - (Jazzwise October 2022)

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

14581 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 859 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Sept. 21).

From This Moment On ...

September

Sat 24: Revolutionaires @ Ushaw, Durham. Rhythm & blues. 6:00pm.
Sat 24: Archipelago + SA Malley + Taupe @ Bobik’s, Punch Bowl, Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sat 24: Knats @ Arthur's, Fenwick's, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Sun 25: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 25: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. CANCELLED!
Sun 25: Skylla + Pete Wareham-Ruth Goller-Will Glaser @ Bobik’s, Punch Bowl, Jesmond, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 26: Lewis Watson Quartet @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Tue 27: Beth Clarke @ British Legion Club, West Jesmond, Newcastle. 1:00-4:00pm. Free.
Tue 27: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).
Tue 27: Black is the Color of My Voice @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. One woman stage play (the life & times of Nina Simone).

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 28: Battle of the Bands @ NE Volume Music Bar, Yarm Lane, Stockton. Doors 6:00pm. Tickets: £5.00. adv., £6.00. on the door. Participants inc. Milne Glendinning Band.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 28: Black is the Color of My Voice @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. One woman stage play (the life & times of Nina Simone).
Wed 28: Laura Jurd @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 29: Ushaw Ensemble @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 1:10pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 29: Czajka & Puchaz + Mark Solborg + Anthropology @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Thu 29: ‘58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: La Sonora Boreal’s Latin Jam Session @ The Globe, Newcastle (7:45pm). Free (donations). Latin jazz performance & jam session.
Thu 29: Peter Morgan Trio @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 30: Adam Johnson @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 30: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 30: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 30: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 30: Pete Churchill & Noel Dennis: Exploring the Jazz Metaphor in Leadership & Management @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 2:30-4:00pm. Workshop.Tickets: £3.30 (inc. bf). A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 30: FILM: Bird (Dir. Clint Eastwood) + Swing Bridge (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 6:30pm.
Fri 30: Orphy Robinson + Maniscalco-Bigoni-Solborg + Nicole Mitchell + Binker Golding-Alexander Hawkins-John Pope-Paul Hession @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle (7:00pm). A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 30: Ushaw Ensemble @ St Mary’s Church, Holy Island. 7:30pm.
Fri 30: Alter Ego @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Fri 30: King Bee @ The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Independent, Sunderland. 9:00pm. £22.50. DJs + King Bee.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Livestream: SSBB, Beth Macari @ Tyne Theatre, Newcastle - July 18

The Tyne Theatre and Opera House, known to cinema goers back in the day as "The Stoll", proved the ideal setting for a livestream, socially distanced, concert by the Strictly Smokin' Big Band.

The building has certainly had an illustrious past but tonight was very much about the present as, let's face it, few of us can forecast the future. Not even Alfie Joey, the jovial compere who seemed to have recovered from the loss of his night club and Rita Hayworth - well he did get Kim Novak and a puppy in exchange - who gave the SSBB an enthusiastic introduction before handing over to Alice Grace and the band for Route 66.

Great as these streams are, just as at a live gig there is more to it than what comes out of the bell end. Acoustics are important on a live gig, and there are also imponderables whilst listening at home. Music that sounds great when heard through a sooper dooper Bose sound system loses something when heard through a couple of lo-fi speakers attached to your computer that you picked up at a car boot sale. And, just as sporting events aren't the same without the roar of the crowd so it is at a jazz gig. Nothing is worse than sitting down after the greatest solo you've ever played only to be greeted with silence. Tonight, although I applauded the solos with the greatest of gusto I doubt if I was heard 8 miles up river.

Nevertheless, taking all this into consideration it was a cracking night!

Alice, despite being heavy with child, as the saying goes, was in good voice and, as well as Route 66, also delighted us with Get Happy, Puttin' on the Ritz (hence the aforementioned usage of the words "sooper dooper") and Stevie Wonder's Sir Duke - this too was sooper dooper!

Not to be outdone, the band sooper doopered on Tickle Toe, Whisper Not and the Billy Taylor tune with the long title.

Time for a break and a set by Beth Macari. The songs were unfamiliar to me but this girl is a great singer - more soul/pop/funk than jazz - and I enjoyed her set. Nice to see jazz refugee guitarist Stuart Davies in the band.

So far we've had social distancing, sooper dooper, Sir Duke and now Stuart Davies - strange.

The big band's second set got underway with Alice singing: Almost Like Being in Love, Willow Weep For Me, Oh What a Beautiful Morning, Lost in a Memory of You and The Late Late Show.

Leader Lamb blew trumpet on, of all things, Satisfaction. A strange choice and, although he played it well, he probably wouldn't have pulled Bianca.

Alice and her "Pal Joey" finished off a most enjoyable evening with a duet on A Slow Boat to China.
Lance
PS: Apologies for not making more of the soloists but, needless to say, Jamie Toms and Steve Summers did most of the solo work apart from blasts by dep Forster and trombones Kieran and Chris - they were simply delightful!

Michael Lamb MD, Pete Tanton, Gordon Marshall, Dick Stacey (trumpets); Mark Ferris, Kieran Parnaby, Chris Kurgi-Smith, John Flood (trombones), Jamie Toms, Matt Forster, Sue Ferris, Steve Summers, Laurie Rangecroft (reeds); Pawel Jedrzejewski (guitar); Graham Don (piano); Michael Whent (bass guitar); Guy Swinton (drums); Alice Grace (vocals).

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Beth Macari (vocals); Jonny Winter (keys); Stuart Davies (guitar); Phil Bell (perc).
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Alfie Joey (compere/vocal).

2 comments :

NeilC said...

I thought this was excellent thoroughly enjoyed SSBB you'd never think they'd been away. I thought the talented Beth Macari provided a really wonderful set in the interval and offered an intimate alternative to the boldness of the big band . Unfortunately this is how gigs will be for some time. It was strange for me and to be honest I clapped instinctively after each song , I cannot imagine how it was for the band and Beth to be met with silence when normally be applause and cheering however, it was just great to see live music again albeit in a screen . It was I suppose like going to a large outdoor event ,arriving late and having to stand so far back from the stage you can only see the band on the obligatory big screen like you see at Glastonbury .

Russell said...

The morning after the night before on BBC Newcastle's breakfast show presenter Alfie Joey described the SSBB's performance as 'absolutely sensational'and referred to the 'brilliant Beth Macari'. Well, Sinatra fan Joey should know, he was the on-stage compere.

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