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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

13837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 56 of them this year alone and, so far, 56 this month (Jan. 16).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

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.

Sun 23 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 23: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 23: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio + Knats @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. POSTPONED!.

Tue 25: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 10:00am - 12 noon. Rehearsal session (open to the public). .
Tue 25: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Murray Wankling, Paul Grainger, King David Ike-Elechi.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Ray Gelato & The Giants live streaming from Ronnie Scott's - Sept. 28

Ray Gelato (vocals, tenor sax); Oliver Wilby (tenor sax, alto sax); Daniel Marsden (trumpet); Andrew Rogers (trombone); Gunther Kurmay (piano); Manuel Alvarez (double bass); Ed Richardson (drums) + Emma Smith (vocals).


Way back in the day, musicians like Louis Jordan and Louis Prima had the absurd idea that jazz should not only be entertaining but also a fun thing for both band and audience. The critics disagreed. Jazz was an art form to be listened to in concert halls and in reverential silence.

Ray Gelato, like his inspiration Prima, disagreed, and tonight at Ronnie's he made his point with a non-stop show that was full of fun along with a band that jumped (and danced!) Gelato can sing and knock out a chorus or two on tenor sax and he was surrounded by a team of ace players.

Wilby shone on both alto and tenor, Marsden blew some wild screamers as well as tightly muted trumpet, not unlike you know who, and Rogers filled out the front line only occasionally stepping forward for some gutsy solos.

Down below, Kurmay made sure that none of the 88 keys were left untouched, Alvarez dug in deep and Ed Richardson's solo on Cuban Pete almost stole the show - almost!


That accolade went to guest vocalist Emma Smith who sounded as good as she looked which, take it from me, is praise indeed! Duetting with the leader on That Old Black 
Magic Emma gave us the taste but it was her Annie Ross style take on Doodlin' that earned her the tiara.

However, this wasn't about who was better than who this was  about keeping the jazz flag flying and maybe reaching a few who wouldn't normally venture into Ronnie's or any other jazz joint. Hopefully, in the future when ...

Lance

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