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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.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

CD Review: Everybody Knows – The Brianna Thomas Band

Brianna Thomas (voice); Connun Pappas (piano, Rhodes); Ryan Berg (bass); Kyle Poole (drums); Marvin Sewell (guitars); Fernando Saci (percussion)

Here we have yet another skilled woman singer with a stellar band, giving us nine standard jazz and contemporary songs and two from Thomas herself. The album is enjoyable generally but I found some of the interpretations too dramatic for my taste. Other listeners may of course relish a bit of drama. I liked best the blues numbers, a wonderfully raunchy My Stove's In Good Condition, lively guitar and piano to words such as 'If you don't like my peaches, why do you shake my tree?' (Ahem!) Then there is Ellington's Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues, sung slowly to guitar and piano.

The originals are How Much Forgiveness, a heartfelt piano-led song ending in a passionate crescendo of wordless repeated riffs; and I Belong To You, a sad love song to a tangoish beat which was one of the too dramatic offerings although it became more quiet at the end. Mississippi Goddamn (Nina Simone) is well performed, a protest song about equality, sung with genuine passion and  enhanced by a chorus of backing singers.

I was intrigued to find that there was little information supplied about the singer except to say that  this was Ms Thomas's sophomore release. However the CD packet gave extensive biographical details about these instrumentalists, who hail mostly from the USA.  Pappas also plays funk, Sewell learned to play informally 'on the streets'; Saci, from Brazil, is a world music percussionist; Berg hails from a musical family and Poole drums in all kinds of styles, including punk and hip hop.

A band of very diverse background.

The CD is available from the usual suspects.

Ann Alex 

Since I Fell For You; How Much Forgiveness; It's A Sin to Tell A Lie; My Foolish Heart; Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying; I Belong To You; It Had To Be You; My Stove's In Good Condition; Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues; Mississippi Goddamn; The More I See You.

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