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Jack Teagarden: "I never did like anything Ellington ever did. He never had a band all in tune, always had a bad tone quality and bad blend" - Metronome, April 1947.

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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.

Postage

13,490 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 908 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (July 23).

From This Moment On

Fri 23: Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord @ Gala Theatre & Cinema, Durham. 1:00pm. Tickets: £6.00. + £2.00. bf. Tel: 03000 266 600.

Fri 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.

Fri 23: Helen Anahita Wilson & Shahbaz Hussain @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. SOLD OUT!

Fri 23 - Sun 25: The Globe Summer Festival @ The Globe, Newcastle. Multi-genre bill (jazz inc. Tenement Jazz Band, Nishla Smith). Various ticket options (live stream option available) see: www.jazz.coop.

Sat 24: Youth Ensembles present St Cuthbert Suite @ Sage Gateshead. 7:30pm. Composer Paul Edis conducts Folkestra, Jambone, Quay Voices & Young Sinfonia in a new arrangement of his St Cuthbert Suite. AVAILABLE ONLY AS A PRE-RECORDED STREAM ON YOUTUBE AT 7:30PM.

Sat 24: Simon O'Byrne & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 25: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 25: Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl Hotel, Newcastle. 3:30pm.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Rico Tomasso & Nick Dawson streaming live - August 21

Enrico Tomasso (trumpet/flugel/vocal); Nick Dawson (piano/vocal)

I hadn't checked out Rico for awhile leaving it up to Russell to do the honours. However, Russell was doing the honours elsewhere tonight so the ball was in my court and, to tell you the truth - I had a ball!

When he announced the first number as Moon Song my heart leapt. I've loved that song ever since I heard Sinatra sing it on the wonderfully titled Moonlight Sinatra. Sinatra may be the better singer but Rico blows better trumpet.

Moon River didn't do much for me although the arrangement was clever mixing 3/4 6/8 & 4/4. 


I Get Ideas has a lyric that leaves little to the imagination as to what those ideas are and, by the end of the song, I think those ideas were mutually agreed upon! Apart from that it's a nice tune and Rico gave it the Armstrong treatment.

Tonight's guest accompanist was pianist Nick Dawson who almost stole the show with his pianistic dexterity. Imagine if Teddy Wilson had had a couple of extra fingers on each hand!  Nick has another secret weapon - his voice!

He did okay singing April Showers but his masterpiece was Polka Dots and Moonbeams. They don't come much better than this.

We also heard Fools Rush In, Avalon and Limehouse Blues and looked on enviously as Rico downed a pint of Old Speckled Hen.

Tonight's episode lasted an hour and it wasn't 60 minutes too long!

Next week, Rico is mooting the idea of a live one in the kitchen with Simon Picton on guitar, banjo and whatever comes to hand.
Lance

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