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Kasia Delgado: "The naughtiest thing that I did at school was bunk off a maths lesson to practice my saxophone for a jazz band." - (i newspaper October 21, 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! --

Postage

13,837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1254 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 23).

From This Moment On ...

October

Sun 24 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 24: Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 24: Milne Glendinning Band @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 25: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 26: Classic Swing @ Ship inn, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the band’s weekly residency will be fortnightly until further notice.
Tue 26: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the Black Swan’s fortnightly jam session.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

NJF 2020: Lloyd Wright & Paul Booth - August 15

Today we should have been at a sold out Tyne Bank Brewery for day three of this year's Newcastle Jazz Festival. Sadly, the little matter of Covid-19 put paid to that! At the time of writing - approaching four in the afternoon - your scribe would have been about to sup pint number four, but, there's always next year. But wait! There is a festival of sorts today, albeit a one day online event. 

At precisely two o'clock Michael Lamb appeared on screen to introduce today's participants. First up, Lloyd Wright. Guitarist Lloyd, self-effacing as always, ran through a half hour set of choice standards. Sitting comfortably, Lloyd confided this was a first for him...playing a gig with no shoes on! Our man soon had us dancing Cheek to Cheek. Stevie Wonder's Isn't She Lovely? counted as a standard, so said Lloyd. Yeah, just about. Throughout, our man remained seated as he opted to use, sparingly, it should be said, his own rhythmic accompaniment tracks. There'll Never be Another You is good jam session fayre and it stood Lloyd in good stead as he looked into an unresponsive camera lens. Rest assured Lloyd we were on the other end applauding!

To close out his set Lloyd thanked a former guitar tutor - none other than Gary Dunn - for introducing him to Ike Isaac's St Anne's Court. This was a good choice, bluesy 'n' all. A good set.

Following Lloyd, long-time exiled north easterner, Mr Paul Booth similarly opted to play a set of standards. Tenor sax for the most part, with a couple of tunes on soprano, PB gave us  a reminder, as if it was necessary, that he has been A-list material since his teens. Now, some twenty five years on, there's none better. From Secret Love to Tenor Madness this was great tenor playing. As with Lloyd, Paul chose to use a loop pedal on one or two of his selections - either a saxophone line or hand clap. A double helping of soul - Body and Soul and Better Git it in Your Soul - demonstrated our man's versatility. Oh, yes...Paul, as is his want, blew some mini-sized digeridoo. 

A one hour break followed. At four o'clock Alyn Shipton is to chair a panel discussion on jazz in lockdown and the future of the music. Alyn's guests will be Paul Edis, Jo Harrop and Dennis Rollins.   
Russell     

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