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Lakecia Benjamin: "From my early days with Clark Terry, he told me 'they see you before they hear you'... I'm just not from that school of thought where I'm gonna wear my jeans and T-shirt on stage and that's going to be respectable." - (Jazzwise, February 2023)

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!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Fri 27: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm. SOLDOUT!
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Hip Hop Hooray @ Bar 52, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Fri 27: John Dikeman, Pat Thomas, John Edwards, Steve Noble @ Lit & Phil. 7:30pm. £10.00.
Fri 27: Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £10.00. on the door. A Swung Eight event.
Fri 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Ragtime & stride piano. 8:00pm.

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Paul Edis: Music of Bill Evans - Sept. 8

Paul Edis (piano)

Pianist Paul Edis is a fan of Bill Evans and it often shows in his playing. Tonight's live stream focussed upon the compositions of the revered American pianist. Most, if not all, of the tunes in this one hour plus set have been performed by  Edis at some point down the years and hearing them again served to illustrate that our man from County Durham, currently exiled in London, continues to find something new in Evans' work.

In a set of a dozen or so numbers, our host's commentary on the life and work of his subject helped join the dots for those perhaps less familiar with Evans' place in the jazz pantheon. From the early days in NYC working in a trio with Mundell Lowe to, famously, Miles Davis, to the various trios - Scott La Faro and Paul Motian, Chuck Israels, Eddie Gomez - to recording with Stan Getz and a late period recording with Tom Harrell, this proved to be a good, representative survey.  

Very Early to start, followed by a contrasting Funkallero (Edis sounding  positively orchestral!), it quickly became clear that this Tuesday evening live stream should be filed under 'essential listening/viewing'. Waltz for DebbyRe: Person I Knew (Orrin Keepnews the anagramatic inspiration upon signing for Riverside), a request from George Milburn, Peace Piece (Edis noting Bernstein, Chopin and Messiaen were influential figures in Evans' development as a composer), things were shaping up nicely, another winning online concert by Dr Edis.

And then...Edis became distracted by an adjacent monitor relaying score updates from Sunderland's cup match versus Aston Villa's U23s (final score 8-1!) and a warning sign that the stream could be buffering. Intermittently the picture froze but crucially the audio just about evaded the gremlins that we have come to accept as part of the 'new normal' online gigging world.  

Walking Up and 34 Skidoo played as a back-to-back selection, then Laurie. At this juncture an online comment read: Outrageously wonderful playing. And with that Edis signed off with Children's Play Song. In a fortnight (September 22) Paul Edis' turns the spotlight on Thelonious Monk. Excellent, log-in at eight.   
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