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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.

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.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Julian Siegel Quartet livestreaming from Ronnie Scott's - April 29

(Screenshot by Ken Drew)
Julian Siegel (tenor sax/bass clarinet); Liam Noble (piano); Oli Hayhurst (bass); Gene Calderazzo (drums).

A relatively straight ahead blowing session. I say relatively because there were moments when they strayed from the straight and narrow and I don't mean that in any derogatory sense. Quite the opposite in fact as these meanderings all added to the broad vista of the music. Vista is actually the title of a recent album of which several of the items played were drawn from and which I reviewed back in 2018. I liked it then and time has done nothing to change my mind.

(Screenshot by Ken Drew)
My first memory of hearing Julian was in the unlikely setting of the Highfield Hotel in the tiny village of East Rainton just outside of Durham. This was one of Paul Edis' early entrepreneurial ventures whereby he imported Julian from down there to play with Paul's trio up here. That was a great session and tonight showed that the saxophonist's prowess has in no way diminished.

Apart from his booting bebop enhanced tenor playing, he entrusted the more tender moments to bass clarinet and it sounded great - absolutely attuned to the mood of the particular piece.

(Screenshot by Ken Drew)
His cohorts too were of equal standing. Liam Noble, Oli and Gene. Remember their names when voting in the APPJAGs although Gene, born in the country formerly known as Trumpland, may not be eligible.

(Screenshots by Ken Drew)
I probably didn't catch all of the titles as, like most livestreams, the volume of the  music was inversely proportionate to the volume of the announcements - or maybe vice-versa.

It was a good set and a worthy eve of International Jazz Day show. Lance.

The Opener; I Want to go to Brazil; Song; Un Poco Loco; Something Like this; New One; Footprints; Fantasy in D; The Goose.

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