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Bebop Spoken There

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

13823 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 42 of them this year alone and, so far, 42 this month (Jan. 12).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Sat 15: Elsadie & the Bobcats @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm..

Sun 16 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 16: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 16: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 16: Garner-Pope Duo @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 17: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

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.

Friday, November 27, 2020

Film preview: High Society - BBC 2 (Nov. 28)

CK Dexter-Haven faces a race against time to try to win back his ex-wife, Tracy Samantha Lord, before she marries again. A light-weight, typically preposterous Hollywood musical plot, made all the more preposterous by the (mis?) casting of the film's undoubted stars. Bing Crosby was some twenty six years older than his co-star Grace Kelly. Would Kelly have fallen for Crosby in the first place? Unlikely, all the more unlikely with Frank Sinatra, playing Mike Connor, looking a better bet, sharing the on-screen musical action with Crosby and Kelly. 

The music is top notch, it couldn't be anything other with Cole Porter, Johnny Green and Nelson Riddle on board. The songs are great - Well, Did You Evah? Now You Has JazzWho Wants to Be a Millionaire?, True Love, I Love You Samantha,
High Society Calypso
and You're Sensational - and with Louis Armstrong and his Band (All-Stars) on screen High Society is well worth catching on BBC 2 tomorrow morning (Saturday11:30) with a quick repeat on BBC 4 next Thursday (December 3) at 8:00pm.    
Russell

1 comment :

Liz said...

And there was Celeste Holm, she was the photographer friend of Frank Sinatra.Not a great actress, but she fitted the part. I have a " still" pic which Kevin bought me & had framed of "High Society" It is a limited edition , and original . They used to post these stills in glass fronted boxes outside the cinemas to advertise forthcoming films.

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