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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.
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Postage

13,645 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1264 of them this year alone and, so far, 91 this month (Oct. 27).

From This Moment On ...

October

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Spooky Jazz @ The Shed, Wylam Library..
6:00-7:30pm. Free, collection for Parkinson's UK.
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

November

Mon 01: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 03: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 03: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 03: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 03: Washboard Resonators @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Monday, November 09, 2020

Hand to Mouth - Live stream @ The Globe - Nov. 8

Lindsay Hannon (vocal); Bradley Johnston (guitar).

No doubt about it, Hand to Mouth are a class act, in fact they don't come much classier. Bradley can turn his hand to just about anything from Django to Pat Metheny or, as was the case last night, Joe Pass. Likewise, Lindsay's mouth can encompass the world between old-time Mississippi blues singers to Joni Mitchell and beyond or, as was the case last night, Ella Fitzgerald and Carmen McRae.

Sound and camera work were perfect - the duo deserved nothing less - and when Bradley, tuxedoed and looking every inch the consummate professional that he is, opened up with a beautifully melodic When You Wish Upon a Star the die was cast. The Disney classic segued seamlessly into The Very Thought of You and Lindsay, looking fantastic and sounding as though she were singing for me alone (me and everyone else who had logged in that is) confirmed that this was going to be a night to remember.

The guitar solos were imaginative, the vocals sublime, the material pure magic. What I would have given to be sitting at a front row table, a bottle of Wainwright's and this. It would certainly beat a book of verse and a jug of wine, maybe even with a thou thrown in! As it was, a can of Hobgoblin and a live stream such as this made up for it.

All Too Soon - immortalised by Ivie Anderson with Duke and Peggy Lee with George Shearing - achieved further immortality with Lindsay and Brad. I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues; Take Love Easy; Down With Love; 'Tis Autumn (what a gorgeous tune!); I Can't Give You Anything But Love; I Can't Escape From You; Dindi; Some Other Time and, finally, Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You.

Marks out of ten? - Eleven!

Lance.

(Photos courtesy of Debra Milne.)

PS: Another treat next Sunday - the Dean Stockdale Trio.

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