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Bebop Spoken There

Jim Keltner: “I was snatched right out of the jazz world. I shouldn't say snatched, I went willingly, I ran. From $85 a week to $250 a week, that gets your attention." - (JazzTimes, September 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! --

Postage

13,715 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1132 of them this year alone and, so far, 76 this month (Sept. 21).

From This Moment On ...

September

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall 8:00pm. .
Thu 23: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside, Gateshead. 8:30pm. .

Fri 24: Perdido Street Jazzmen (with Frank Brooker reeds, Eugene Farrar trombone, Brian Bennett banjo & Phil Rutherford sousaphone) @ Darlington Market Square, Darlington. 11:00am.
Fri 24: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: FILM: Jazz on a Summer's Day + Swing Bridge Trio (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 7:00pm.

Sat 25: Silent Music Seeing Sound + Spinningwork @ Newcastle Arts Centre. 6:30pm. Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music (NFOJIM).
Sat 25: Knats @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 26: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. .
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 26: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. .
Sun 26: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:00pm.
Sun 26: Sax Appeal @ The Blue Bell, Hill Street, Corbridge NE45 5AA. 4:30pm. Free. .
Sun 26: David Gray Flextet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 26: Nubiyan Twist @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 27: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 30: Mainly Two @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 30: Shiver + Run Logan Run @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm. NFOJIM.
Thu 30: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 30: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Friday, December 11, 2020

Live streaming Christmas with the Ronnie Scott's All-Stars - Dec. 10

James Pearson (piano, Fender Rhodes, vocals); Sam Burgess (double bass, vocals); Chris Higginbottom (drums, vocals); Alex Garnett (tenor sax, vocals): Polly Gibbons (vocals)

It's that time of year. Tinsel time. Ronnie Scott's has a Soho rent to pay, how it'll be found in these pandemic times is anyone's guess, one thing's for sure, put on a Christmas show (two houses, several nights a week) and the punters will turn out. And turn out they did.
James Pearson has a plum job - MD at Ronnie Scott's. Kudos yes, but with it comes the responsibility of helping to keep the place solvent. The house trio has to be A-list and it is: Pearson, piano, Sam Burgess, bass, Chris Higginbottom, drums, this evening joined by Alex Garnett, tenor sax and vocalist Polly Gibbons fronting the whole shebang.  

I'll be Seeing You, Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams - songs for these pandemic times! But hey, these were upbeat numbers, Polly Gibbons saw to that. Dynamic, energetic, fearless, quite simply a darn good singer. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (it's that time of year), a Gibbon's arrangement of Cole Porter's Anything Goes, 'made better' said Gibbons by Pearson's rearrangement of her arrangement (!), Sing Sing Sing (Gibbons imploring the audience not to sing, this was to be Higginbottom's moment in the Frith Street spotlight), this was the All-Stars giving the punters what they wanted...a good time.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (earlier in the evening Emma Fisk beat them to it - see LL's review) with a fleeting quote - George Benson? - and onto some seasonal gospel with the boys in the band providing the backing vocals. As Gibbons exited the scene MD Pearson switched into MD-mode thanking one and all as the band took it out riffing on Birdland.                                                         
Russell 

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