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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

Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra live streaming from Frith Street - Nov. 26

A second superb big band in four days live streaming from Ronnie's. Monday evening it was Matt Roberts' BigISH Band, this evening the 'house orchestra' showed what it could do, then some! Directed by wise-cracking MD Pete Long, the Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra blazed a trail - excellent ensemble work with killer solo contributions from across all sections. 
Hotshot trumpeter Freddy Gavita set the standard for his fellow soloists on Dave O'Higgins' Rack and Ruin. At its conclusion, MD Long exclaimed: Hot Tomato!  Gavita featured again on Social Call (Alice Grace sang the number at a recent Prohibition Bar live stream gig) as did 'bone men Callum Au and Dan Higham and, topping off Gigi Gryce's eternally popular number, Sam 'Sammy' Mayne stepped up to deliver the first of several paint-stripping alto sax solos. Hot tomato? You bet!

Scanning the sections, it looked like a who's who of the London jazz scene; the trumpets all first call, the in-demand Mr Au in the 'bones, heavyweights Alex Garnett and Dave O'Higgins playing tenor, the aforementioned Mayne on alto, Robin Aspland at the Yamaha grand, the brilliant Ed Richardson behind the traps, and, for good measure, a brace of top class big band vocalists, Ms Georgia Jackson and Mr Iain MacKenzie.

A few bars of  C Jam Blues brought Georgina Jackson to the stage to sing a knockout version of I Told Ya I Love Ya, Now Get Out (comp. Lou Carter, Herb Ellis, Johhny Frigo). Anything June Christy and Anita O'Day could do, Ms Jackson can do too. What's more, our singer is one helluva trumpet player! Talking of trumpet players...Mark Armstrong (Jazz Professor,  Royal College of Music, Artist Director, NYJO) blew the roof off on this one and he made it look so effortless, Long mischievously describing Armstrong as Britain's 'poshest Geordie'! 

Ms Jackson sang and blew on Fever, Sam Mayne blew on Joe Lippman's big band arrangement of What is This Thing Called Love? for Charlie Parker, and Armstrong and Aspland starred on Steve Pierce's arrangement of Herbie Hancock's Wiggle Waggle

The band's other vocalist, Iain MacKenzie, joined the party in time to close out the show with two or three numbers including a swinging In the Still of the Night. MD Long suggested the online audience might like to buy the boys a drink by way of donating a few pennies. The evening had indeed been one hot tomato!    
Russell    

Pete Long (MD); Nathan Bray, George Hogg; Freddy Gavita, Mark Armstrong (trumpets); Andy Flaxman, Callum Au, Dan Higham, Mark Frost (trombones); Adrian Revell, Sam Mayne, Dave O'Higgins, Alex Garnett, Paul Nathaniel (saxophones); Robin Aspland (piano); Steve Pierce (bass); Ed Richardson (drums); Iain MacKenzie (vocals); Georgina Jackson (vocals, trumpet). 

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