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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

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.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
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.

Friday, November 27, 2020

Book review: The Art of Jazz: A Visual History

Album covers, concert posters, paintings, photographs, every jazz fan will have their favourites. Turning the pages (all 256 of them) of Alyn Shipton's new book, it is likely that some, perhaps all of them, will be represented across its eleven chapters. From its nineteenth century roots to the present day, The Art of Jazz: A Visual History is a beautifully illustrated chronological survey of the music. 

The format is simplicity itself: chapter one Jazz Begins, chapter two The Jazz Age, through the swing era, WWII, bebop to modern, the New Orleans' revivalists and on to Twenty-First-Century Jazz with much else between. More than three hundred pristine images make leafing through this hardback tome a pleasure. 

A noted author, broadcaster and musician, Shipton offers authoritative commentary as the reader's eye darts from the printed word to the visual image and back again. Chapter one, page seven, the very first photograph (Charles Peterson, photographer) shows Duke Ellington holding (perhaps not playing!) Sister Rosetta Tharpe's guitar as Rex Stewart , Cab Calloway, Ivie Anderson and an anonymous French fan look on. 

Chapter two, page 33, Mondrian's famous painting Broadway Boogie Woogie gets a page all to itself. WWII, page 97, film posters advertising Stormy Weather (Lena Horne, Bill Robinson, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller) and Cabin in the Sky (Ethel Waters, Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington), turn the page, sheet music for Fats Waller's The Spider and the Fly (Poor Fly, Bye-Bye)

Reid Miles' design for Horace Parlan's Blue Note album Us Three (page 157) reminds the reader of the classic 'brand' and on Atlantic, Ornette Coleman's Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation (chapter 8, page 188) makes the connection with the abstract expressionists of the time (Jackson Pollock's White Light, or part of it), an integral part of the label's vision. 

As a 'must have' book, or, at this time of year, an ideal gift, Alyn Shipton's book is highly recommended.
Russell   

The Art of Jazz: A Visual History by Alyn Shipton is published by Imagine (Charlesbridge Publishing)ISBN: 978-1-62354-504-8.  

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