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Bebop Spoken There

Charlotte Keeffe: "I don't know what I'm going to play any more than you [the audience] do." - (Jazz North East/Jazz Co-op gig June 13, 2021)

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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.

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13,359 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 777 of them this year alone and, so far, 51 this month (June 13).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Wed 16: Washboard Resonators @ Punchbowl Hotel, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm). SOLD OUT!

Thu 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside (1:00pm). Cancelled tfn.

Thu 17: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm). Cancelled tfn.

Fri 18: Jazz Jamaica @ Sage Gateshead (8:00pm).

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

Sun 20 Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: www.jazz.coop.

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

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

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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