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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.
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13837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 56 of them this year alone and, so far, 56 this month (Jan. 16).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.

Sun 23 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 23: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 23: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio + Knats @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. POSTPONED!.

Tue 25: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 10:00am - 12 noon. Rehearsal session (open to the public). .
Tue 25: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Murray Wankling, Paul Grainger, King David Ike-Elechi.

Monday, April 26, 2021

EP Launch: Esther Bennett - Safe Places. April 25

(Screenshots by Lance)
Esther Bennett (vocals); Terence Collie (piano); Richard Sadler (bass); Sophie Alloway (drums); Matt Hodge (perc.) + Hannah Horton (tenor/baritone sax); Duncan Lamont Jr. (flute/soprano/tenor sax).

First time I heard Esther was back in 2010 at the Spice of Life. That night she sang On a Clear Day and jammed with some other songbirds on Route 66. Ten years elapsed before I heard her again, this time with Sarah Moule on an album dedicated to the songs of the late Duncan Lamont.

Tonight, or rather last night as I'm a day late with the review, Duncan Lamont Jr. was on the gig and, not surprisingly they played one of his dad's tunes - There Ain't Nothin' Like the Blues which was, in actual fact, on the aforementioned album.

However, the emphasis of this session was on Esther's new EP that features five of her original compositions: Wandering Lost; Yellow Label Stuff; End of Summer; Forever Now (subtitled Ode to Duncan) and Please (Save me). All interesting and varied and digitally available on Bandcamp for a deep sea diver (£5)!

Intermingled with the items from the album were choice interpretations of Just in Time; Rio de Janeiro; Stolen Moments; There Ain't Nothin' Like the Blues plus a trio instrumental which, I think, I recognised as Dolphin Dance.

Esther was in great voice, the backing superb and some impressive blowing on tenor and baritone by yet another fine female sax worker. Great gutsy sound, I'll be looking forward to hearing Hannah Horton again. Needless to say, Duncan lived up to the standard set by his father.

My only complaint was that the distant fixed camera didn't allow for any close-ups. The visual impact always adds to the occasion.  The event was promoted by Mood Indigo Events but I'm not sure where the actual location was - help!

Lance

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