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Veronica Swift: "I don't want to call myself a jazz singer anymore. I'm a singer and a storyteller.'" - (JazzTimes, December 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

13823 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 42 of them this year alone and, so far, 42 this month (Jan. 12).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Sat 15: Elsadie & the Bobcats @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm..

Sun 16 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 16: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 16: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 16: Garner-Pope Duo @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 17: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

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.

Monday, August 31, 2020

Van the Man (at 75) and Paul Moran

Late Sunday evening two BBC 4 programmes about Van Morrison caught the eye. The first, - Van Morrison: Up on Cypress Avenue  - was a repeat showing of an in concert performance in 2015 to celebrate Van's 70th birthday. It was a sunny August day in Van's home town of Belfast as he played to a sell out crowd on Cypress Avenue, a location made famous thanks to the Irishman's album Astral Weeks


Van the Man dipped into his vast back catalogue to entertain those lucky enough to have bagged a ticket (they sold out in minutes of going on sale). As ever, Van played a number of rhythm and blues-inspired classics, in doing so acknowledging his debt to, and love of, black American musicians and their music. The man's ace band included his long time MD, Mr Paul Moran. 

Regular readers of BSH will be well aware that Paul hails from South Tyneside. It must be quite the life touring the world with one of the enduring figures in popular music. And, if you would like to catch up with Van, Paul and the guys, they'll be rocking up at Gosforth Park on Thursday evening at the Virgin Money Unity Arena. Please note - an extensive list of Covid-secure terms and conditions can be found on the event organiser's website. Please read before booking! See www.virginmoneyunityarena.com 

Following the in concert programme the Beeb screened an hour's worth of Van at the BBC including footage from Bob Harris-era Old Grey Whistle Test, numerous appearances on Jools Holland's long-running series, a session with Lonnie Donegan and an all-star set at the 1995 Mercury Music Prize shindig with the likes of Guy Barker, Georgie Fame and Alec Dankworth having a ball. Today (August 31) is Van Morrison's birthday, seventy five years young. Happy birthday, Van!       
Russell

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