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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Holland: "Back then, one of my first gigs was with Wally Fawkes and Johnny Parker at the Crown and Anchor in Islington, playing music that went back to the days of King Oliver. And I've always enjoyed the joyousness of that music, and the sound of everybody fitting together beautifully, improvising together." - Jazzwise, August 2021.

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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

Wed 28: Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Assembly Rooms, 40 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3ET. 9:20pm. £8.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event (www.durhamfringe.co.uk).

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

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

Sat 31: Lindsay Hannon @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Lindsay previews new, original material.

Sat 31: jaktar + Johnny Richards @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion.

August

Sun 01: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 01: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Leeds College of Music graduate guitarist (Masters, Jazz Performance & Composition).

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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