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Lakecia Benjamin: "From my early days with Clark Terry, he told me 'they see you before they hear you'... I'm just not from that school of thought where I'm gonna wear my jeans and T-shirt on stage and that's going to be respectable." - (Jazzwise, February 2023)

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.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Paul Moran: 'Smokin' B3' livestream from 606 w. Special guest Jo Harrop - April 10

(Collage by Lance)
Paul Moran (B3); Jim Mullen (guitar); Mez Clough (drums) + Jo Harrop (vocals).

Difficult to be objective when you've been a fan of three of the four players for a varying number of years - next time round it will be four out of four as this was the first time I'd heard Clough and he slotted in easily.

The B3 can be a lethal beast in the wrong hands (and feet) and I've heard some great pianists fall flat on their bass (pedals) unable to adapt to the vastly different technique required.

(Screenshot by Lance)
No such problems tonight, Moran has the beast well and truly tamed playing material from his  'Smokin' B3' albums volumes 1 & 2, he had the 'crowded' - if only! - 606 clientele clamouring for more.

He strides the thin borderline between jazz, soul and funk in the manner of his idols so effectively that he can now be regarded as more than just a mere clone but a voice in his own right.

(Screenshot by Lance)

With Jim Mullen, will he be upset if I describe him as one of the Grand Old Men of British Jazz? (I hope not because he is just that and much more) on guitar alongside newcomer, to me that is, Mez Clough on drums, this was as good a groove as you're likely to hear either side of Detroit - maybe even better!

(Screenshot by Lance)
Then, as if this wasn't enough, bring on Jo Harrop. Was this really Jo Harrop? - had she just been auditioning for the Judy Garland role in Easter Parade (We're a Couple of Swells)? It didn't matter, she still looked and sounded great on a couple of Dukies - Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues and I Got it Bad as well as Marvin Gaye's We Gotta Find a Way, Stevie's Until You Come Back to Me and Dusty's Son of a Preacher Man.

Amazing how those old sixties classics, such as Preacher Man, grab me more now than they did then! The instrumentals included Lee Dorsey's Working in a Coal Mine; Fats Domino's Blueberry Hill; The Chi-lites' Have You Seen Her? as well as One Note Samba; Work Song; Where or When? and some Moran originals - Groovin' Groove; Fried Chicken and his arrangement of The Theme From Mission Impossible.

One thing isn't very clear, There were only 4 comments and I supplied 2 of them - I guess the music left everyone spellbound! Lance

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