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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.
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13837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 56 of them this year alone and, so far, 56 this month (Jan. 16).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

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.

Sun 23 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 23: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 23: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio + Knats @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. POSTPONED!.

Tue 25: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Murray Wankling, Paul Grainger, King David Ike-Elechi.

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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