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Bebop Spoken There

Sylvie Courvoisier: "It was a big theater, packed, more than a thousand people, a lot of them coughing." - (JazzTimes January/February 2021).

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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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13,107 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 526 of them this year alone and, so far, 81 this month (April 16).

Bar Manager Required

The Jazz Co-op are looking for an experienced bar manager who can be available to start when The Globe reopens in May.

Preference will be given to a suitably qualified person who lives relatively near to The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD.

Interested parties please follow this link.

Coming soon ...

April 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at The Holystone.

May 20 Maine Street Jazzmen are back at Sunniside Social Club.
May 23: Vieux Carré Hot Four are back at The Spanish City.

June 2: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club.
June 7: Jazz in the Afternoon are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club.

Monday, November 30, 2020

James Pearson Presents a Portrait of Dudley Moore: Live stream from Ronnie Scott's - Nov. 30

James Pearson (piano/voice); Sam Burgess (bass); Matt Skelton (drums)

(Screenshots courtesy of Ken Drew).

An absolute delight! An insight into what a great pianist Dudley Moore was and what a great pianist James Pearson is!

Ronnie's house pianist took us on an enjoyable voyage through the late multi-talented pianist's career which ranged from Magdalen College, Oxford, to Hollywood studios via various TV shows.

It was an illustrious career which, at the same time, tended to overshadow his standing in the jazz world - at least with the general public.  Pearson's playing and his narrative helped to even the balance.

Love Walked In set the pattern for an hour plus of Errol Garner by proxy and more, much more.

Moore composed several themes for television such as Beyond the Fringe and Not Only But Also which were recreated perfectly by tonight's trio. 

Other numbers were Dudley Dell, Song For Suzy (Suzy Kendall - one of his wives) and a bossa nova - Waterloo. Pearson expressed some curiosity as to why Waterloo was a bossa. Well, I suppose that if you were a transpontine resident and were going to Brazil then you'd get the Tube from Waterloo to Heathrow (change at Green Park) and you'd soon be flying down to Rio!

Not Only, But Also and a song by Fran Landesman - Before Love Went Out of Style - kept me enthralled. This latter tune was an absolutely beautiful ballad reading by Pearson and a reminder that Ms. Landesman composed more than that tune.*

There were many more moments including Burgess' arco solo on It's Easy to Say but the highlight of the evening was, apart from the Theme from Arthur, Colonel Bogey played as a Beethoven sonata! This was the most incredible jazz/classical pastiche the like of which I've never heard and probably never will again!

Bravo Dudley! Bravo James! and top marks to Sam and Matt.

Streams like this make lock-downs livable and help to remove the tears from tiers.

Lance

* Spring Can Really Hang you Up the Most.

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