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Bebop Spoken There

Raymond Chandler: “ I was walking the floor and listening to Khatchaturian working in a tractor factory. He called it a violin concerto. I called it a loose fan belt and the hell with it ". The Long Goodbye, Penguin 1959.

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!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

Postage

16350 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 230 of them this year alone and, so far, 27 this month (April 11).

From This Moment On ...

April

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 18: NONUNONU @ Elder Beer Café, Chillingham Road, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 18: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm). £8.00. + bf. Support act TBC.
Thu 18: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band night with Just Friends: Ian Bosworth (guitar); Donna Hewitt (sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums).

Fri 19: Cia Tomasso @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. ‘Cia Tomasso sings Billie Holiday’. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Tweed River Jazz Band @ The Radio Rooms, Berwick. 7:00pm (doors). £5.00.
Fri 19: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Levitation Orchestra + Nauta @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £11.00.
Fri 19: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.

Sat 20: Record Store Day…at a store near you!
Sat 20: Bright Street Band @ Washington Arts Centre. 6:30pm. Swing dance taster session (6:30pm) followed by Bright Street Big Band (7:30pm). £12.00.
Sat 20: Michael Woods @ Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Acoustic blues.
Sat 20: Rendezvous Jazz @ St Andrew’s Church, Monkseaton. 7:30pm. £10.00. (inc. a drink on arrival).

Sun 21: Jamie Toms Quartet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 21: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Holy Grale, Durham. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: The Jazz Defenders @ Cluny 2. Doors 6:00pm. £15.00.
Sun 21: Edgar Rubenis @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blues & ragtime guitar.
Sun 21: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 21: Art Themen with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. +bf. JNE. SOLD OUT!

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30-3:30pm. £12.00. ‘St George’s Day Afternoon Tea’. Gig with ‘Lashings of Victoria Sponge Cake, along with sandwiches & scones’.
Tue 23: Jalen Ngonda @ Newcastle University Students’ Union. POSTPONED!

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: Sinatra: Raw @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. Richard Shelton.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.

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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