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Victor Wooten: "People don't expect to have bass players get together and sound like music and not just like a bunch of elephants" (JazzTimes April, 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! --

Postage

14226 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 445 of them this year alone and, so far, 45 this month (May 13).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Sun 15 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 15: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne, nr. Newton Aycliffe. 1:00pm.
Sun 15: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 15: James Kitchman & Bruno Heinen @ Hexham Abbey. 7:30pm. £12.50. (ticket inc. admission to Abbie Finn Trio concert). Hexham Jazz Festival.
Sun 15: Trish Clowes’ My Iris @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. adv., £12.00. door.
Sun 15: Abbie Finn Trio @ Hexham Abbey. 9:00pm. (£ see above). Hexham Jazz Festival.

Mon 16: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 16: Swing Manouche @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Tue 17: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Abbie Finn.

Wed 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 18: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 18: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 18: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 19: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 19: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 19: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 19: 58 Jazz Collective @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. TBC.

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: 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.

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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