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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.

Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event. SOLD OUT!

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Monday, January 25, 2021

The Glenn Crytzer Quartet in the year 1931 - Jan. 24

Glenn Crytzer (guitar, vocals); Mike Davis (trumpet); Ricky Alexander (clarinet); Andrew Hall (double bass)

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, written in the aftermath of the Wall Street Crash, opened this week's NYC Sunday afternoon session by the Glenn Crytzer Quartet (2:30 EST, 7:30 GMT). Band leader Crytzer is well versed in all aspects of the live stream, ever the genial host, songs from 1931 in the spotlight. All of Me with Crtyzer taking a first vocal along with a rarely heard verse for good measure, followed by Just Friends, clarinetist Ricky Alexander soloing fluently.  
I Surrender, Dear from the year in question, one of many tunes associated with Louis Armstrong, Crytzer leading the way, Armstrong, aka Mike Davis, following on. As Time Goes By, Crytzer suggesting the tune was the one and only composition of note written by one Herman Hupfield, the boys in the band chipping in to the effect that if this was Hupfield's sole claim to fame, it was a good one! Thanks to the NYPD racing by with sirens blaring, Crytzer took not one, not two, but three takes, finally deciding to take it from the chorus -all together now: You must remember this...

Reminding his online audience that it's Hip to tip!, Crytzer said: Let's get right at it, the quartet playing Sweet and Lovely. And here's a rarity, ace trumpeter Davis struggled to hit the high notes! Making amends, Davis nailed a superb muted solo on the uptempo novelty number Egyptian Ella. Taking time out to let the guys catch their breath, Crytzer took a peek at the online chat. When I Take My Sugar to Tea resumed affairs, string bassist Andrew Hall swinging it, Alexander quoting Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, an appreciative nod from Davis. 

And on to the slowest tune in the Glenn Crytzer Quartet's lockdown pad - Dream a Little Dream of Me. Davis' pure tone, Alexander's woody reed, simple. And on to the last number of the NYPD-interrupted set (perhaps the cops were in hot pursuit of a twenty first century Lucky Luciano
!). Fats Waller's I'm Crazy bout my Baby

Next week Crytzer's quartet won't be live streaming from NYC. The boys have their first real, live gig of the winter down in Florida. Well, someone has to do it! 
Russell

Set list: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue SeaAll of MeJust FriendsI Surrender DearAs Time Goes BySweet and LovelyEgyptian EllaWhen I Take My Sugar to Tea; Dream a Little Dream of MeI'm Crazy bout my Baby.

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