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Veronica Swift: "I don't want to call myself a jazz singer anymore. I'm a singer and a storyteller.'" - (JazzTimes, December 2021)

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! --

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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: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Murray Wankling, Paul Grainger, King David Ike-Elechi.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Spike Wilner Trio live streaming from Smalls, NYC - April 22

Spike Wilner (piano); Tyler Mitchell (double bass); Anthony Pinciotti (drums) + Mike Fahn (valve trombone); Joe Magnarelli (trumpet)

On the eve of Spike Wilner's new album release, the man who runs Smalls and Mezzrow in Greenwich Village, pulled rank to play a gig at the latter venue. The pianist's regular trio partners, Tyler Mitchell, bass, and drummer Anthony Pinciotti, were there with him and later in the set he would be joined by two special guests. 

A Brubeckian waltz time-like number - Odalisque - opened the set, a set played out in front of a real, albeit small, audience, max fifteen lucky people, rather than the usual seventy plus who would cram in to the 183 West 10th St basement performance space. Wilner engaged the faithful few, seemingly reluctant to mention he had new a album to promote! 

Wilner's Adagio from the new album (Aliens & Wizards) sounded all the better, no doubt due to the presence of a living, breathing audience, the musicians communicating with little more than a glance, a nod. The trio's swinging set met with vociferous applause (it had been a long time!) and it got better still with the introduction of two special guests. First up, valve trombonist Mike Fahn (Bob Cooper, Pete Christlieb, Maynard Ferguson, Tom Kubis and countless others) slotted in nicely to play It Could Happen to You, joined by Smalls' regular trumpeter Joe Magnarelli (Lionel Hampton, Jack McDuff, Toshiko Akiyoshi, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra etc). 

The guest horns would feature on one more. Setting a swift tempo, Mezzrow's boss called a blues in Eb, effortlessly comping between Magnarelli and Fahn's solos before the horns momentarily stepped aside, leaving the stage to the trio to show how its done. To close out the set Wilner played Round Midnight. It had been another excellent night in NYC. More from the Smalls-Mezzrow set-up tonight and every night until further notice! And, in case you missed it, Spike Wilner's new album - Aliens & Wizards - is available from today on the Cellar Music Group label. Recommended.         
Russell   

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