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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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13837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 56 of them this year alone and, so far, 56 this month (Jan. 16).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

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.

Sun 23 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 23: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 23: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio + Knats @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. POSTPONED!.

Tue 25: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Murray Wankling, Paul Grainger, King David Ike-Elechi.

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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