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Bebop Spoken There

Veronica Swift: "I don't want to call myself a jazz singer anymore. I'm a singer and a storyteller.'" - (JazzTimes, December 2021)

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! --

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13823 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 42 of them this year alone and, so far, 42 this month (Jan. 12).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Sat 15: Elsadie & the Bobcats @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm..

Sun 16 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 16: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 16: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 16: Garner-Pope Duo @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 17: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Lindsay Hannon sings the blues @ Prohibition Bar - August 21

Lindsay Hannon (vocals, ukulele, shakers)

Chaplin had the run of the place. First in, dodging the track and trace formalities at the door, Lindsay Hannon's canine companion staked out his territiory. Later he would be joined by his four-legged friend Elvin and his well-behaved master (a drummer of renown on his adoptive Tyneside). Proprietor Mitch had thought it through, unobtrusive Covid-secure measures were in place, this was as relaxed an environment as one could expect given the on-going pandemic.

Shown to a stage-side table by the ever-obliging Mitch, the beer of choice just had to be Prohibition Bar's Prohibition 33 Pale Ale (Allendale Brewery, 4%) brewed to commemorate and  celebrate the end of America's National Prohibition Act on Dec 5, 1933. Cheers! As Lindsay took to an adapted, Covid-secure, stage (a perspex screen separating performer from audience) the audience was shocked, yes, shocked, to learn our blues mama was drinking Diet Coke!  

No introduction, straight in, Lindsay was singin' the blues. Standing behind the screen, was she in the dock? In the pen? Oh, what had she done to deserve this?! In these stange, Covid-secure times, the idea was for the musician to perform at  'background' level volume and we, the audience, were to applaud quietly, politely. At the conclusion of the first number a collective amnesia set in as cheers, hollers and whistles reverberated around the room. Oops! Sorry guv'nor, we simply forgot ourselves! 

Vera Hall, Ozella Jones, names flagged-up during Lindsay's series of superb online, lockdown performances, were in the house, in spirit, of course. What had these women done to be treated so bad? Lindsay sang their song, telling it like it was/is. I'd Rather Go BlindJohn Henry (he of the hammer), Gallows Pole (traditional, from Leadbelly to Led Zeppelin) with audience participation, Lindsay interpreting Don't Explain, this is what we'd been missing, live performance, the connection between performer and audience.

Here we were in a Newcastle juke joint just off the mainline, listening to the story tellers - Bessie Jones, Tom Waits, Lindsay Hannon - digging deep, turning stones, revealing the oft hidden worlds of many across the US of A, across the globe and right here in our own backyard. Time for another bottle of the 33.     
Russell

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