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Farewell Blues

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Bebop Spoken There

Kenny Barron: "During the pandemic I got to do a lot more cooking. As long as you can read you can cook." - (DownBeat December, 2022)

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

14865 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1114 of them this year alone and, so far, 20 this month (Dec. 6).

From This Moment On ...

December

Thu 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Last one of the year, resuming Jan 26.
Thu 08: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 08: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm.
Thu 08: Christmas Crooners @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Thu 08: Musicians Unlimited @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. £5.00. on the door.

Fri 09: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £25.00. 'Afternoon Jazz with Festive Lunch'.
Fri 09: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 09: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: Jason Isaacs @ Northern Rugby Club, Gosforth, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £25.00 (inc. two course Xmas meal). Isaacs performing with backing tapes.

Sat 10: Lindsay Hannon & Martin Douglas: Life Drawing & Improvised Music @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. TBC.
Sat 10: Alan Barnes Octet: A Jazz Xmas Carol @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £20.00. All-star band!

Sun 11: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 11: Spanish City Rollers @ Northumberland Square, North Shields. 12:30pm. Free. Community band inc. Graham Hardy.
Sun 11: Am Jam @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free. Jam session, all welcome.
Sun 11: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Xmas party feat. Mick Donnelly Quartet. 4:00pm. Tickets: £6.00 (admission from 12 noon).
Sun 11: Paul Skerritt @ Liberty Brown's, Sunderland. 1:00pm.
Sun 11: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Sun 11: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 11: DC Blues Band @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free. Blues Band.
Sun 11: Jason Isaacs @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 5:30pm. SOLD OUT!
Sun 11: Boys of Brass @ Stack, Seaburn. 6:00pm. Free.
Sun 11: Elda with Faye MacCalman + John Pope & John Garner @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 12: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 12: Central Bar Quintet plays Kind of Blue @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 7:30pm. Concert performance + jam session. £5.00 (free admission to sitters-in).

Tue 13: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (table reservations 0191 386 5556). Feat. Johnny Murphy (keyboards).
Tue 13: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Murray Wankling, John Pope, John Bradford.
Tue 13: Abbie Finn Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:30pm. Xmas party.
Tue 13: King Bees @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Superb Chicago Blues Band.

Wed 14: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 14: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 14: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 14: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Friday, September 04, 2020

Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club to finally reopen on 19 September 2020


(Press release)
 On August 1st  the world-famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club was to throw open its doors for the first time in 137 days having been closed due the global Corona Virus pandemic.  The government had announced that indoor live music venues could re-open, but then, just a day before the first act was to take to the stage, it was to postpone its decision and the club remained closed.


Following the huge disappointment from staff and customers alike, Ronnie Scott’s  are thrilled to announce it is to finally re-open on September 19th
The Soho-based club will open with a reduced capacity of 50% , and with all the safety measures you would expect - deep cleaning, 100% fresh air air-conditioning, sanitizer stations in key areas, thermal checks on arrival and strict social distancing measures in place. It is particularly proud of the elegant screens that separate some seating areas which actually compliment the décor!  Modelled on the heady jazz joints of yesteryear and blessed with a warm, intimate setting and a unique seating layout, Ronnie Scott’s is able to observe distancing guidelines without losing any of the cosy atmosphere that audiences love.

Despite government restrictions being relaxed on August 15, the club made the decision to delay opening rather than risk further cancellations. The delay allowed the club to review its covid-safety measures with the benefit of hindsight, observing the practices of others in the hospitality sector. 

As Fred NashRonnie Scott’s General Manager explains, “ We are proud to have scored 100% in a covid-safety audit without compromising the great atmosphere of the club and not putting in measures which are quite frankly, weird or unnecessary.  We’ve all experienced strange trips to a pub”, he continues, “ where you have to navigate a seemingly pointless one-way system, download an app to order a drink only to find it doesn’t work .  We believe we can welcome customers back safely whilst maintaining the old- school hospitality values we are known for.  We’re certain that when our customers return, they will  feel we have got it just right”.

The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, the last act to play before the closure, will  be the first to take to the stage on September 19.  Featuring vocal sensation, Natalie Williams and the club’s Musical Director, James Pearson, the band present the ‘The Soho Songbook’; classic music from the jazz greats.  Over the coming weeks, the club presents it usual mix of established jazz royalty and rising stars covering bebop to contemporary and cutting edge . Confirmed artists include jazz vocalist and Puppuni Sister, Emma Smith playing tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, young lion, Mark Kavuma, a prominent trumpet player on the British jazz scene, old-school jazz funksters, James Taylor Quartet, scalding hot saxophonist and rapper and Soweto Kinch and  genre-blurring pianist, Ashley Henry .
As Fred Nash observes, “We hope our customers, and our members, have missed live music as much as we have.  I think it is what everyone needs right now”
Ronnie Scott’s would like to thank everyone at The Music Venue Trust and UK Hospitality who have worked tirelessly with the government on helping to get businesses like theirs , to open again, safely. 

SEPT/OCT LISTING
Sat 19 Sept                        The Ronnie Scott’s Allstars perform the Soho Songbook
Sun 20 Sept (lunch)          Tom Seals
Sun 20 Aug (evening)      The Ronnie Scott’s Allstars perform the Soho Songbook 
Weds 23 Sept                    Emma Smith with Jamie Safir Trio - Portrait of Ella
Thurs 24 Sept                   The Ronnie Scott’s Allstars – ‘Time Out - A Musical Portrait of Dave Brubeck'
Fri 25 Sept                         Natalie Williams Soul Family
Sat 26 Sept                         Natalie Williams Soul Family
Sun 27 Sept (lunch)          100 years of jazz piano with James Pearson
Sun 27 Sept (evening)     Ray Gelato and the Giants
Mon 27 Sept                      Ray Gelato and the Giants
Thurs 1 Oct                        James Taylor Quartet
Fri 2 Oct                             James Taylor Quartet
Sat 3 Oct                            James Taylor Quartet
Sun 4 Oct (lunch)        Paul Ryan and Jamie Safir: 'Celebrating Tony and Bill 45 Years on’
Sun 4 Oct (evening)       Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion Quintet        Wed 7 Oct            Pete Long and Simon Spillett present 'A Celebration of The Jazz Couriers'
Thurs 8Oct                         Jason Rebello
Fri 9 Oct                             Ian Shaw
Sat 10 Oct                          Reuben James
Sun 11 Oct (lunch)           Celebrating Doris Day’s life in film, TV and on record
Sun 11 Oct (evening)       Cassidy Janson
Mon 12 Oct            The Horne Section - 10th anniversary celebration
Tues 13 Oct            The Horne Section - 10th anniversary celebration
Thurs 15 Oct                     Soweto Kinch
Fri 16 Oct                           Lianne Carroll
Sat 17 Oct                          Lianne Carroll
Sun 18 Oct (lunch)          Down for the Count
Sun 18 Oct (evening)      Tom Seals
Fri 23 Oct                          Ashley Henry
Sat 24 Oct                          Ashley Henry
Sun 25 Oct (lunch)       ‘Song for My Father': Celebrating The Music of Horace Silver                      
Sun 25 Oct (evening)       Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion Quintet   
Wed 28 Oct                       Byron Wallen
Thurs 29 Oct                     Omar Puente Cuban sextet
Fri 30 Oct                          Mark Kavuma Milestones and more
Sat 31 Oct                          Citrus Sun

Tickets and more information available www.ronniescotts.co.uk

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