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Bebop Spoken There

Charles McPherson: “Jazz is best heard in intimate places”. (DownBeat, July, 2024).

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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!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

Postage

16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...

July

Thu 18 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle NE1 7BJ. 2:30pm. £4.00.
Thu 18: Theo Croker @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Brad Linde’s Continentals @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Eva Fox & the Jazz Guys @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 18: Ray Stubbs R&B All Stars @ The Mill Tavern, Hebburn. 8:00pm. Rhythm & blues.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Darlington Big Band.

Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 19: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Nomade Swing Trio @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. £10.00. Tickets from Tully’s of Rothbury or at the door (cash only). A Coquetdale Jazz event.

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: The Ronnie Scott’s Story @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Rico's Pop up Louis with Simon Picton - Mar. 19

Rico Tomasso (trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals); Simon Picton (guitar, banjo)

Sweet and Lovely for starters, Rico trumpet, Simon Picton accompanying our host on banjo. Rico said how much he enjoyed his trip to Aberdeen to record an online festival gig with Ali Affleck and Brian Kellock (available a week on Sunday, ten quid plus booking fee). 

More banjo - what's going on?! - on Blue Drag, Rico taking a vocal. Our man claims Irish heritage...any excuse to sup a Guinness a couple of days after St Patrick's Day (see photo)! 

Georgia on My Mind with Picton double-tracking on guitar, Rico hitting the high notes. The established format of the Popup Louis live stream is for Rico to play a tune, talk a little, engaging with his audience, flitting from one thought to another, this evening remembering Laurie Chescoe, who has just died, and the great Len Skeat. 

Rico sang You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me for no other reason than he liked the tune (the best possible reason!) Rodgers and Hart's It's Easy to Remember (And So Hard to Forgot) prompted Rico to switch to flugelhorn, a really nice tune. Reverting to trumpet, Rico played Edgar Sampson's Blue Lou, Picton rhythmic support and a tasty solo to boot. Rico's vocal on Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You promised to be a highlight and, sure enough, it was, our man using his plunger mute to good effect. To close, All of Me. A good session.  

Next week marks the first anniversary of Rico's weekly Popup Louis sessions. That's some achievement with no more than a handful of absences during the year due to that rare bird, Rico playing a real gig! To celebrate the milestone, it's a Hot Five session with some of the best in the business including Michael McQuaid, reeds, and Andrew Oliver, piano.      
Russell

Set list: Sweet and LovelyBlue DragGeorgia on My MindYou Brought a New Kind of Love to MeIt's Easy to Remember (And So Hard to Forget)Blue LouGee Baby, Ain't I Good to You; All of Me.  

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