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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

Fri 27: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm. SOLDOUT!
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Hip Hop Hooray @ Bar 52, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Fri 27: John Dikeman, Pat Thomas, John Edwards, Steve Noble @ Lit & Phil. 7:30pm. £10.00.
Fri 27: Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £10.00. on the door. A Swung Eight event.
Fri 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Ragtime & stride piano. 8:00pm.

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.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
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, August 24, 2020

Live stream @ Ronnie Scott's - Polly Gibbons w. James Pearson Trio - August 24

Polly Gibbons (vocal); James Pearson (piano); Tom Mason (bass); Saleem Ramon (drums).

Remembering Polly's knockout gig with SSBB at Hoochie back in 2018, I looked forward to her live stream at Ronnie's. I checked in at Facebook - briefly - before, along with other disgruntled punters, we made our way to the warm, inviting arms of YouTube.

Polly was on stage, exquisitely gowned and trainered, singing Don't Be on the Outside. I remembered this as a bonus track from her album Is It Me? - It was her alright and, once I'd wiped the traces of F/b off my shoes I settled back to enjoy a splendid session. I sighed when the camera angled to shoot from James Pearson's left hand. In the distance you could see the very bar stool where I'd sat so many times - I wanted to be sitting there tonight.


The songs rolled so beautifully off her tongue and from the fingers of the boys.

Your Love is Enough For me; Say, Will You Be Mine?; Oh What a Beautiful Morning; Comes Love - this was a killer! voice and bass intro, clever update to lyric: 

Comes a Covid you can quarantine a room, Comes a mousie you can hit it with a broom: Comes love etc. Some fab piano from Pearson - tell me what's new?

A little funky number was how Polly described A Little Funky Number which was an apt description. Saleem took a drum solo that threatened to last forever as drum solos often, and sometimes do. Half of the audience (when there is an audience) gasp in awe and the other half go to the bar.  Despite my decision to open a virtual can, I think it was maybe 60-40 pro Saleem.

Then came the clinchers - the extra time goals that move your team into Europe.

Prince's Nothing Can Compare to You was good, I Want a Little Sugar in my Bowl even sweeter and Anything Goes simply fantastic. This was the ball that hits the back of the net from 40 yards out!

Oh yes, and just to clinch matters,  a groove on Swanee River made sure the world wasn't sad and weary - at least the old folks at home in this house weren't!
Lance

1 comment :

Russell said...

Agreed - Comes Love was tremendous with Pearson's piano playing a match for anyone.

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