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Bebop Spoken There

Charlotte Keefe: "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.

Postage

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).

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

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).

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

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Jalen sings the Blues @ Kansas Smitty's - Jan. 12

Jalen N'Gonda (vocal); Alec Harper (tenor sax); Dave Archer (guitar); Will Sach (bass).

A tribute to Billie Holiday? Which of our lady singers will be up to face such a daunting task?

None! Oh, I see, you've actually got a guy doing it? Does he realise it's Billie not Billy? He does? Well in that case I'll bid you ... oh, it's Jalen? Well, maybe he could cut it ...

And cut it he did!

Jalen N'Gonda has a range that can seemingly  cover just about everything in between Paul Robeson and Maria Callas. A couple of weeks back it was Johnny Hartman and this week it's Billie.

To his credit, he didn't attempt to emulate Billie - he hasn't lived long enough to absorb the elements that made Billie sound like she did - but, in his own way, conveyed the spirit of Lady Day. He didn't sing the blues and nor did Billie - she just lived them!

God Bless the Child; You go to my Head; How Deep is the Ocean?; Tenderly; How am I to Know? Big Stuff and I've Got a Right to Sing the Blues - all did Billie proud.

The band also paid tribute with Alec Harper conveying the spirit, if not the sound, of Lester Young on Lover Come Back to me; I Wished on the Moon and What a Little Moonlight Can do.

Tremendous!

Lance

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