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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Barnes: "Normally you can cobble a set together with five guys on the back of an envelope over the first pint and it's just fine. Livestreaming isn't like that." - (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.


13,381 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 799 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (June 20).

From This Moment On


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

Sun 20: Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: 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. POSTPONED!

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!

Sat 26: Tyne Valley Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham (3:45pm).

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Phoebe Katis: Soul-pop & folk - LIVE Concert at Home, Newcastle University- Dec 10

Phoebe Katis (voice, piano); Seth Tackaberry (bass guitar); Luke Tomlinson (drums) 

A set of original songs by Phoebe Katis. Billed as 'soul-pop and folk' it neatly summed up what Katis is about. Soulful pop with a folky edge. Eleven songs, opening with the title track of Katis' second studio album, It's Okay to Cry, Katis demonstrated she's as good as any singer-songwriter you'd care to name.
As a lyricist Katis is a cut above, as a vocalist she is in possession of an enviable range balancing delicacy with, for the most part, restrained power. Hope We're Happier from Katis' first album followed by Honesty, which will be on the next album, the lack of jazz content would usually be reason enough for BSH to respectfully give this live stream a miss. However, Katis' trio mates were none other than 2018 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist, bassist Seth Tackaberry and drummer Luke Tomlinson who has been making a name for himself on the London jazz scene. 

Katis thanked Newcastle University for extending the invitation to travel to Tyneside to perform a concert in the middle of a pandemic and, with that, went out on an uptempo number - Sweet Reunion - which had something of Roy Hargrove's Strasbourg St Denis about it. An enjoyable forty five minutes. 

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