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Faye McCalman: "For a while I would hear other artists and feel that I need to be like that person, have what they have; but then I realised that everyone has their own thing and what I connect with most is when I can tell an artist is just being themselves." - (Jazzwise July 2021)

Archive quotes.

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.

Postage

13,367 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 785 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (June 16).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Sat 19: Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Sun 20: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 20: Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: www.jazz.coop. SOLD OUT. Livestream available from £7.50.

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Thu 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside 1:00pm).

Thu 24: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 25: Hot Club du Nord @ St Mary's Parish Hall, Barnard Castle. 7:00pm. Tickets: £15.00. + bf. A Barnard Castle Rotary Club event.

Fri 25: Archipelago + Faith Brackenbury @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. & £8.00. Echoes to the Sky album launch. A GCT Jazz Club-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Fri 25 Alter Ego @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington (8:00pm). POSTPONED!

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

A Tale of Two Pianos

Actually, a tale of three pianists - Paul Edis, Kit Downes and Bill Evans.

Paul Edis was doing his annual Jazzy Christmas, this year on YouTube without his other nine accomplices. Also, on Kansas Smitty's F/b page, Giacomo Smith was talking to pianist Kit Downes about the late Bill Evans - a pianist dear to both Paul and Kit's hearts.

Paul, as it said on the tin, dealt out the Xmas classics as well as the Xmas cracker jokes. Kit talked rather than played although he did give us a couple of splendid Evansian examples with My Heart Sings (also the title of Peter Pettinger's Evans' biography) and My Romance.

As I flipped back and forth between channels I wished that Paul could have been zoomed into the conversation. However, that was mere wishful think although a thought for the future...

Back in Lapland, we heard Paul's seasonal selection in the form of Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow; Driving Home For Christmas; Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas; Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree; I'll Be Home For Christmas; Walkin' in the Air; Winter Wonderland and O Tannenbaum.

This latter tune, which the Dixielanders know as Maryland My Maryland and trade unionists as We'll Keep the Red Flag Flying Now featured Paul on flute, clarinet, keys and vocal - Paul certainly kept the jazz flag flying!

Two excellent live streams which, for me, complemented each other.

Lance (Screenshot of Paul courtesy of Jerry)

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