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Bebop Spoken There

Victor Wooten: "People don't expect to have bass players get together and sound like music and not just like a bunch of elephants" (JazzTimes April, 2022)

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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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14226 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 445 of them this year alone and, so far, 45 this month (May 13).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Wed 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 18: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 18: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 18: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 19: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 19: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 19: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 19: 58 Jazz Collective @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. TBC.

Fri 20: Andrea Vicari Trio @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Vicari (piano), Andy Champion (double bass), Abbie Finn (drums).
Fri 20: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: Swing Bridge @ Garden House Coffee, Hallgate, Hexham. 4:05pm.
Fri 20: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 20: Customs House Big Band w Ruth Lambert @ Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm.
Fri 20: Andrea Vicari Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club. Vicari (piano), Andy Champion (double bass), Abbie Finn (drums).

Sat 21: Elkie Brooks @ Whitley Bay Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra @ The Hippodrome, Darlington. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 22 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 22: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 22: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 22: Abstract Orchestra plays J Dilla @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Sun 22: Panharmonia @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 23: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 25: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 25: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 25: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

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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