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Bebop Spoken There

Maurice J. Summerfield: "Over dinner one night Barney [Kessel] told me about his seminar The Effective Guitarist, and in 1972 my company presented the first of twelve annual UK seminars in Newcastle upon Tyne." - (Just Jazz Guitar, September 1997)

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

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. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewwitt (alto sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Dilutey Juice @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Smoove & Turrell @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £25.00.
Fri 03: TBA @ Prohibiton Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Rivkala @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sun 05: Jive Aces @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 05: Dale Storr @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Strictly Smokin' Lockdown Live #2 from Prohibition Bar - Nov. 15

Alice Grace   (vocals);   Steve Summers  (tenor/sop sax); Graham Don (keys); Michael Whent (bass guitar)

If last week's session was less than perfect then this week's was, if it were not a contradiction, more than perfect! The in house piano had been kicked into touch and Graham Don opted for his Yamaha keyboard. Motor bikes, saxophones, keyboards - Yammies are the business as Graham proved, not that I'm suggesting he arrived on a motor bike. 

I don't know if Steve Summers' latest acquisition - a curved soprano sax - came from the far east but it certainly sounded good. Or it may have just been the player. As in everything, what comes out is what you put in, sometimes unfortunately, but not in Steve's case. He was on form blowing either sop or tenor.

Michael Whent, the quiet man of the SSBB, just sits back and lets the big hitters out front have their moments of glory. Glory that would be vastly diminished if he wasn't there laying down a solid foundation as a launchpad. Today, despite the reduced numbers, he continued in that role keeping it all together.

Needless to say, Alice, unencumbered by last weeks out of tune piano, was at her peak and her singing was just what we have come to expect from her - class!

Some great songs; Devil May Care; Social Call - I remember the first time I heard it. I was sitting in the Spice of Life and Paul Pace spun the Jon Hendricks' version over the PA system. I bought it the next day only to find out when I got home that I already had it on a Cannonball Adderley CD! Since then it's been one of my favourite numbers and Alice's version does it no harm at all!

'Round Midnight saw Steve bring the sop into play and he blew it again on No More Blues. Alice's final number was Cheek to Cheek which was merely superb.

As well as the vocals, there were instrumentals; Solar; The Jody Grind and another favourite - Nica's Dream.

Next week Alice, Graham and Steve step down and hand over to saxman Jamie Thoms, Michael Whent and Pav on guitar.

Lance

PS: Forgot to mention Have You Met Miss Jones? Great vocal, swinging tenor.

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