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Bebop Spoken There

Veronica Swift: "I don't want to call myself a jazz singer anymore. I'm a singer and a storyteller.'" - (JazzTimes, December 2021)

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! --

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13823 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 42 of them this year alone and, so far, 42 this month (Jan. 12).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Sat 15: Elsadie & the Bobcats @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm..

Sun 16 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 16: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 16: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 16: Garner-Pope Duo @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 17: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Will Barry & Joe Webb: Live stream @ Kansas Smitty's - Nov. 21

Will Barry, Joe Webb (pianos).

Piano duo gigs either work or they don't! The players have to be on similar wavelengths but far enough apart to avoid a car crash. Barry and Webb met the criteria.

The opening All the Things You was an absolute delight. Close your eyes and this was Johnny S. Bach hitting the Kronenbourg and letting the contrapuntal lines flow! Imagine the MJQ playing in jeans and sweatshirts and you've got it!

Like Someone in Love preceded Sonny Rollins' No Moe which incorporated a few bebop moments. This is turning into quite an incredible session. Who's the better pianist? I don't know, guess I'll have to spin a coin! Here goes - you won't believe it but the coin's landed standing on its edge!

Will plays solo on Prelude to a Kiss. Duke could certainly pick the titles and Will Barry certainly did it justice.  Rob Luft provided Tanpura before the two pianists strode - and I use the word advisedly - into Ain't She Sweet

Amazing! Stylistic borders mean nothing to these two guys - they've got it covered!

I thought I knew all of the standards but, such is the vast diversity of them they are infinite. I'd never heard Beautiful Moons Ago, a song guitarist Oscar Moore wrote when he was with the Nat Cole Trio. It's well worth checking out and tonight's version was just perfect.

Time for a solo by Joe. What would it be? Monk, Duke, Herbie, Oscar? No, he opted to go back to the very roots of jazz piano - Jelly Roll Morton and Mr Jelly Lord! What did I say? Stylistic borders mean nothing to these guys!

To finish off with, the two aces kicked last April into next year with I'll Remember April. Better to remember April like this than the real April when showers were the least of our worries!

Lance

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