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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 11, 2021

Tom Seminar-Ford live streaming from Ronnie's - Jan. 11

(Screenshots by Ken Drew)

Tom Seminar-Ford is a name you're unlikely to forget in a hurry. And so TSF was just that, a 'name', one to be checked out. This evening's live stream from Ronnie's provided the opportunity to do just that. Tom Ford, as the band leader called himself, employs two very familiar names - Daisy George and Jas Kayser. Add Robbie Moore, playing old school Fender Rhodes, to the mix and you've got a quartet. But...what were they going to play?

Ford's music could be described as 'uncategorisable' but that's not much use in a review. So, here goes. Original? Hmmm. An amalgam of styles/influences, certainly. A set of seven songs, Ford content to describe his material as 'songs' rather than 'compositions' or 'numbers'. There was a vocal element to some, there was no shortage of instrumental virtuosity. Guitarist Ford deployed various pedals, as did bassist Daisy George and Robbie Moore at the Rhodes.  

From the opening FX7 to the closing Latin number (Ford didn't spell out its Portuguese title!), this was a display of effortless guitar playing. Think Joe Pass (as on  Relax, Study, Chill), Gary Boyle, Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin and you'll get some idea where Ford is coming from. Song book accompaniment, fusion chops, Ford is some player. 

Daisy George playing electric bass - what a treat! Hip-hop, funking lines all night long. Jas Kayser - right in the groove. Incidentally, Jas is a Berklee graduate and so is TSF. Small world. Ford introduced two guest vocalists - Simon Junior rapping (at one point three mics failed him), Poppy Ajudha in soul sister mode.  

This Ronnie's live stream was beset with technical glitches as never before. The audio was fine throughout, the picture freeze threatened to be terminal. As and when the audio-visual was restored there was something like a fifteen minute period in which the stream was in near darkness, then, the bright lights of 47 Frith Street shone once more. Tom Seminar-Ford is definitely one to catch live, it'll be an experience.  
Russell
    
Tom Seminar-Ford (guitar, vocals); Robbie Moore (Fender Rhodes); Daisy George (bass); Jas Kayser (drums) + special guests Simon Junior (vocals); Poppy Ajudha (vocals)  

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