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Faye McCalman: "For a while I would hear other artists and feel that I need to be like that person, have what they have; but then I realised that everyone has their own thing and what I connect with most is when I can tell an artist is just being themselves." - (Jazzwise July 2021)

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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.

Postage

13,367 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 785 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (June 16).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Sat 19: Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Sun 20: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 20: Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: www.jazz.coop. SOLD OUT. Livestream available from £7.50.

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Thu 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside 1:00pm).

Thu 24: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 25: Hot Club du Nord @ St Mary's Parish Hall, Barnard Castle. 7:00pm. Tickets: £15.00. + bf. A Barnard Castle Rotary Club event.

Fri 25: Archipelago + Faith Brackenbury @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. & £8.00. Echoes to the Sky album launch. A GCT Jazz Club-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Fri 25 Alter Ego @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington (8:00pm). POSTPONED!

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Matt MacKellar Band livestreaming from The Black Swan, Newcastle - April 27

(Screenshot by Ken Drew)
Matt MacKellar (drums); Andy Champion (bass guitar); Ben Lawrence (keys) + Evie Hill (vocals).

A few tech. probs. at BSH HQ meant I didn't make my entrance to the Black Swan's virtual Press Box until 10 minutes after the advertised start time. Fortunately, the band were still on the opener - Continuum - a somewhat introspective piece by Jaco Pastorius that set the mood for the evening. This wasn't going to be a putting the boot in set as much as a time for displaying the more melodic side of the contemporary scene.

(Screenshot by Ken Drew)
Surprisingly, although Matt was far from being a shrinking violet, there weren't any extended drum solos. Instead, he opted for making his presence one of awareness rather than overpowering, a virtue that many drummers don't possess in abundance.

Ben Lawrence, as we've come to expect over the years, treated the material with respect. His delicate touch enhancing numbers that could have been lessened by a more flamboyant player.

As befitted his physical stature, Andy Champion was a tower of strength holding it all together both solowise and with his prominent, underlying, riffs.

(Screenshot by Ken Drew)
Evie only got to sing a couple of vocals and she didn't go for any soft options - no Summertime or Cry me a River  with Evie! Instead we heard Disenchanted and Sweet Love. Neither of them easy songs to sing and she coped well. Look forward to catching her again. 


Matt dedicated a couple of songs to his dad - George would have been proud... 

Lance

Continuum (Jaco Pastorius)Roy Allan (Roy Hargrove)Disenchantment: The Weight (Nate Smith)Someday We'll All be Free (Donny Hathaway & Edward Howard)The Yellowjacket (Shaun Martin)Lost Painting (Ben Lawrence)Interlude (?) (H E R B)Sweet Love (Anita Baker)J-Dillalude (J Dilla)Overjoyed (Stevie Wonder).

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