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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

14264 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 83 this month (May 26).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Thu 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 26: Deep Pope + Garner & Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.00.
Thu 26: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 26: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 26: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 27: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Fergus McCreadie Trio @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.

Sat 28: Whitley Bay Carnival: Northern Monkey Brass Band (1:00-1:45pm & 4:00-4:45pm); Baghdaddies (2:00-2:45pm & 5:00-5:45pm) @ Spanish City Plaza Arena, Whitley Bay. Northern Monkey Brass Band (2:30-2:45pm) @ Rainbow Corner (Marine Ave.), Whitley Bay.
Sat 28: Jack Logan & the Swing Section @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 29 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Hartlepool United Supporters’ Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Groovetrain @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 29: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Allendale Village Hall, Northumberland. 7:30pm.
Sun 29: Two of a Mind: Sue Ferris-Steve Summers Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.
Sun 29: Cedric Burnside @ Cluny, Newcastle. Superb Mississippi hill country blues!

Mon 30: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

June

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Sunday, August 09, 2020

Rico, Spats and Fats - August 8

Rico Tomasso (trumpet, vocals); Tom 'Spats' Langham (banjo, guitar, vocals)

A one hour special this week as Rico Tomasso invited Spats Langham to join him in a celebration of the music of Thomas 'Fats' Waller. Our genial host said Spats had come up with so many good tunes to play they decided to make it a full hour's worth of Fats Waller. This being Rico's show, Louis Armstrong was an ever-present guiding light (see photo of Waller and Armstrong).

Ain't Misbehavin' to Alligator Crawl and more, Rico and Spats were like two kids in a sweet shop. Spats provided Rico's rhythm (banjo and guitar) just as Fats' band supplied the rhythm to the prolific Jazz Age composer. Spats picked up his guitar on a leisurely Keepin' Out of Mischief Now and on Alligator Crawl effortlessly switched mid-tune from banjo to guitar just as Johnny St Cyr did all those years ago. Rico was impressed! 

Earlier in the week Langham emailed a file to trumpet ace Tomasso with the suggestion that they should play The Panic is On 'with the usual Waller mayhem'! Mr T liked the idea and more than rose to the challenge! Oh, our host almost forgot to mention this week's beer...Hobgoblin. 

Rico's presentational style is to balance levity with reverence. No one reveres Louis Armstrong more than Rico Tomasso and our man from Chiswick took the time to talk about Louis (as a boy Rico met his idol) and respectfully suggested he would like to sing Black and Blue. If there is one non-African American who could/should attempt the emotive number then Rico Tomasso could be the one to do it justice. Cradling his 1933 Selmer balanced action Louis Armstrong horn, Rico Tomasso sang with feeling. There couldn't have been a dry eye in the (virtual) house.  
Russell        

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