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Bebop Spoken There

Maurice J. Summerfield: "Over dinner one night Barney [Kessel] told me about his seminar The Effective Guitarist, and in 1972 my company presented the first of twelve annual UK seminars in Newcastle upon Tyne." - (Just Jazz Guitar, September 1997)

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

15080 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 99 of them this year alone and, so far, 99 this month (Jan. 30).

From This Moment On ...

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. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewwitt (alto sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Dilutey Juice @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Smoove & Turrell @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £25.00.
Fri 03: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibiton Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Rivkala @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sun 05: Jive Aces @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 05: Dale Storr @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 05: Jam No.13 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students alike).

Mon 06: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 07: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums). Jam session reverts to a first & third Tuesday in the month schedule.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Film preview: "Ronnie's"


If you profess to be a jazz fan and haven't been to Ronnie Scott's at least once in your lifetime  then your street cred is questionable and if you have been only once then your cred is open to even further investigation as Ronnie's isn't a one off drop in place unless you're from the Antipodes or maybe Mars and even then the chances are you will be back.

It's that kind of place.

If you doubt my word then check out a new documentary that's about to premiere on Friday Oct. 23 on the Everyman Cinema circuit - God and Boris permitting.

It's probably the best factual jazz film since Jazz on a Summer's Day and, over the years, most of the artists who appeared in that film have, along with just about every other great jazz musician, performed at Ronnie Scott's. Many of them can be seen and heard via rare archived footage, during the course of the film

It relates the story of the club and its founders, Pete King and Ronnie Scott, who set out to bring the atmosphere of the modern jazz clubs on New York's 52nd St. to London's Soho. First on Gerrard St and then at it's current location in Frith St. However, readers of BSH will know all this so let's cut to the film.

Written and directed by Oliver Murray it's a compelling story of a man and his dream. A dream that came true and continues to this day 20 years after his death. Of course Ronnie Scott was more than just a club owner he was also one of the great British tenor saxophone players. That too is an important part of the story.

To list the who's who of artists seen and heard on the film is near impossible however, the IMDb listing below provides that information and more - much more. 

Put October 23 in your diary now - underline the entry, put it in bold CAPITAL LETTERS. Fingers crossed, it's not to be missed!

Lance

Trailer.

IMDb link.

2 comments :

Dave said...

I’ve only been once and wasn’t impressed. I’ve always been annoyed by the way Ronnies distorts jazz in this country. It’s too small, yet attracts the biggest names so then it has to overcharge for tickets. I suspect that half the audience are journalists on freebies and they’re not going to complain, are they? That also bumps up the prices. When you add on at least a 100 quid for travel and accommodation it’s even less affordable for those of us in the North East. I’d rather be at Sage 2, the Lit and Phil or the Bridge and leave Ronnies to the southerners and their funny ways.
Cheers
Dave

Anonymous said...

One reason for the two different views of Ronnie Scott's club is that in fact there are two 'Ronnie's' (not to be confused with 'the' two Ronnies). Ronnie the First is now a mythical place but it did actually exist in the old days where you could get in for free if you arrived at 9pm when it opened and could stay until 3am listening to the best jazz musicians in the world. Two impecunious Dublin teenagers, myself and my jazz-loving mate, Bren thought nothing of getting the bus down to Dun Laoghaire to catch the overnight mail boat to Holyhead and then an assortment of trains to London and tube to Leicester Square to get to Ronnie the First. The first time we went we, of course, arrived at 9pm and bagged a front row table and heard three staggeringly good sets by Ben Webster until 3am. And we were left completely undisturbed by management or staff even though we could just afford a coke each at what seemed then the extortionate price of half a crown a glass. What made the experience even more memorable was that Ronnie Scott himself was the compere and in the flesh he was even funnier than in his hilarious autobiography 'Some of My Best Friends Are Blues'.
Our accommodation that night was in what could only be described as a doss house in Covent Garden.
Since that time anyone who risked travelling with me through London ended up in Ronnie the First unless they were deaf or had a certificate proving they would turn into a pumpkin if they were out after midnight.

What the previous commentator needs to realise is that without the dedication of Ronnie Scott (and Pete King) in bringing over established US jazz giants and having a club where they could play, in the early days we wouldn't have been able to hear these people live as there was no reciprocal arrangement for musicians from the US to play in the UK, and vice versa.

However, my guess is that he actually visited Ronnie the Second which came into being when Pete King sold the club in 2005 (Ronnie Scott had died some years earlier). It is true that the prices are much more expensive and the atmosphere inside is not nearly as good but, too be fair, the club does still get very high quality musician and you can experience them in a 'club' setting (rather than the concert hall set-up of the Sage, for instance). However the biggest changes for me are that it is now much more 'corporate' and having two sessions each evening means you can just hear one set of the main artist/band. Some of these changes are, of course, inevitable in our financialised world and it is obviously expensive to run a club in a city like London so it is still great that Ronnie the Second exists even if some of us pine for Ronnie the First (but I would now be happy to give the doss house a miss).

JC

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