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Bebop Spoken There

Alex Bryson: "When the right lick is played at the right moment it can feel like the best thing ever, even if you've heard it a million times before." (Jazzwise July 2022)

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:"Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

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14336 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 555 of them this year alone and, so far, 55 this month (June 19).

From This Moment On ...

June

Sat 25-Sun 26: Harambee Pasadia Festival @ The Hub, Shaw Bank, Barnard Castle DL12 8TD. www.harambeepasadiafestival.com. Line-up inc. Kevin Haynes Groupo Elegua, Hannabiell & the Midnight Blue Collective, Knats. Tickets from £20.00. adult, £10.00. teen (12-17).
Sat 25: Wild Women of Wylam @ Daniel Farm, Wylam. 7:00pm. £20.00. (inc. food).
Sat 25: Julija Jacenaite @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 26 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Outdoor (indoor if inclement weather).
Sun 26: Mississippi Dreamboats @ Springwell Village Community Venue, Gateshead. 2:30pm. A ‘1940s’ Weekend’ event (from 1:00pm).
Sun 26: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 26: Los Chichanos @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 27: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 28: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Dean Stockdale, Paul Grainger, Sid White.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 30: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 30: Lights Out By Nine @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:30pm. Free.
Thu 30: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

July

Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: Swing Manouche @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm (doors). £20.00.
Fri 01: 1920s Speakeasy w live jazz @ The Exchange, North Shields. 8:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Fri 01: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Blind Pig Blues Club. 8:00pm.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Album Review: Alyssa Allgood – What Tomorrow Brings

Alyssa Allgood (voice); Mike Allemana (guitar); Dennis Carroll (bass); George Fludas (drums)

No sooner do I make a statement on BSH, than something happens to contradict me! I included There Are Such Things in my list of 10 favourite songs, and said that I hadn't come across the song very much, then up it pops as the first track on this enjoyable CD. Such is a reviewer's life!

The album consists of eight classic songs, some new to me, and four original songs written by Ms Allgood and/or bass player Carroll. Two tracks stand out: Noel Coward's Mad About The Boy, not the usual jolly version, but sung slowly to dreamy eastern-tinged accompaniment, with a playful bass solo. And there is a poignant For All We Know, just voice and guitar, a heartfelt ballad, with  the guitar rippling 'like the ripples in a stream', straight through once, the shortest track.

The original songs are about various aspects of love and Time Found concerns the passing of time, a suitable subject to explore during the present pandemic.

The other tracks are well performed with lots of guitar soloing and interesting bass work from these Chicago musicians. The vocals are pleasantly expressive with some clever scat on a couple of tracks, but it is difficult for singers to stand out and be memorable, which is in some ways no bad thing. It means that there are simply so many good singers out there, and Ms Allgood is one of them.

The album is our singer's third studio release, said to mirror her personal journey during the last two years, during which she changed jobs and has been teaching jazz singing. Although based in Chicago, Allgood has made appearances in New York and Shanghai.

The CD is released on April 9 on the Cellar Music Group label and is available from the usual sources.  Ann Alex

There Are Such Things; Enclosure; Should've Been; Memories; This Bitter Earth; Mad About The Boy; Time Found; Bridges; Try Your Wings; Light Out Of Darkness; For All We Know; Passing Glance

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