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Bebop Spoken There

JD Allen: "...art in itself is now a luxury that you need a lot of finances to do." - (DownBeat October 2021)

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! --

Postage

13,822 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1239 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 18).

From This Moment On ...

October

Mon 18: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 18: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Wed 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 20: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 20: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 20: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 8:00pm.

Thu 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 21: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra.
Thu 21: Alter Ego @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle 7:30pm.
Thu 21: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 21: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 22: Mick Shoulder Quartet @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Quartet featuring Alex Clarke (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist).
Fri 22: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: Paul Edis Trio w Ruth Lambert @ St Cuthbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 22: Michael Feinstein @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 22: Peter Morgan Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 23: Mary Coughlan @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 23: Têtes de Pois @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 24 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 24: Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 24: Milne Glendinning Band @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Jazz at Lincoln Center: Voices of Freedom - Mar. 26

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Betty Carter Billie Holiday Abbey Lincoln Nina Simone

A celebration of four iconic figures presented by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. At intervals three singers would join the ensemble during a performance of some fifty minutes. Trombonist Chris Crenshaw assumed the role of MD and 'scriptwriter', the orchestra's personnel remarkably stable over a decade and more. 

(Screenshot by Russell)
This was the orchestra's first performance at the prestigious New York City concert hall since February 2020, a venue Wynton Marsalis and the LCJO like to call 'The House of Swing'. Live streaming to upwards of seven hundred online patrons, Melanie Charles was the first of three vocalists to join the band. Backlash Blues as sung by Nina Simone, arranged for Ms Charles by trumpeter Marcus Printup, with Ted Nash, tenor sax, featuring in an exchange with Printup. 

(Screenshot by Russell)
Betty Carter's Droppin' Things (arr. Crenshaw) brought Ashley Pezzotti to the stage. Emotive, bold, Ms Pezzotti is likely to be able to handle operatic material. The third of the evening's vocalists, Shenel Johns, sang Freedom Day, as performed by Abbey Lincoln on Max Roach's We Insist! album. Ms Johns impressed, big time! 


The band (all chairs occupied by stellar musicians) didn't get much of an opportunity to stretch out, but, what a band! A muted Marsalis momentarily growled, Victor Goines did have a blow, and drummer Obed Calvaire, surrounded by reams of sheet music, briefly broke free to craft a fine solo. Wynton Marsalis, the driving force behind the LCJO, arranged Strange Fruit for our three vocalists. It proved to be an uplifting experience as Marsalis' arrangement, perhaps inspired by Mingus' Fables of Faubus, presented an interesting reading of Billie Holiday's historic song. Russell
                                   
Melanie CharlesShenel JohnsAshley Pezzotti (vocals); LCJO: Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Printup, Kenny Rampton, Ryan Kisor (trumpets); Walter Blanding, Sherman Irby, Ted Nash, Paul Nedzela, Victor Goines (reeds); Chris Crenshaw, Vincent Gardner, Elliot Mason (trombones); Dan Nimmer (piano); Carlos Henriquez (double bass); Obed Calvaire (drums)

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