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Bebop Spoken There

Maurice J. Summerfield: "Over dinner one night Barney [Kessel] told me about his seminar The Effective Guitarist, and in 1972 my company presented the first of twelve annual UK seminars in Newcastle upon Tyne." - (Just Jazz Guitar, September 1997)

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

15080 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 99 of them this year alone and, so far, 99 this month (Jan. 30).

From This Moment On ...

January

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. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewwitt (alto sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Dilutey Juice @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Smoove & Turrell @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £25.00.
Fri 03: TBA @ Prohibiton Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Rivkala @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sun 05: Jive Aces @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 05: Dale Storr @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 05: Jam No.13 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students alike).

Mon 06: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Spring is Here with Paul & Vasilis - April 23

(Screenshot by Russell)
Paul Edis (piano); Vasilis Xenopoulos (tenor sax)

Spring has sprung. Jazz gigs and residencies are beginning to be confirmed up and down the land. Here on Tyneside the first outdoor, socially distanced gig is just five days away, indoor events are set to resume from May 20. What this means for the live stream remains to be seen. 

On Friday evening Paul Edis and Vasilis Xenopoulos presented a third monthly live stream gig from west London. It could be that it turns out to be the duo's final stream with the prospect of a return to live performance looming on the horizon. Perhaps they'll live stream a gig, watch this space! For now, their late April edition live stream from Rokit Studios took as its theme 'spring'. Eight compositions - six of them with 'spring' in the title, two others making the set list due to the spring-time month of April being part of the song titles - were heard across the hour, Paul playing the studio's upright piano, Vasilis his trusty tenor sax. 

Clifford Brown's Joy Spring never fails to score with an audience and this evening's virtual assembly no doubt applauded long and loud. Geat playing by both men, it'll be a treat to hear them once again, live in concert. Michel Legrand's heart-rending You Must Believe in Spring tugged at the strings, Freddie Hubbard's Up Jumped Spring restored faith, and on to Spring is Here with quite brilliant piano playing by Paul, Vasilis in tremendous form, our duo making it all look so easy on this reading of Rodgers and Hart's classic number. 
  
A brisk take on I'll Remember April, Vasilis commanding on Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most, this is how to live stream! To close out a marvellous hour, It Might as Well be Spring (it is!) followed by Vernon Duke's classic April in Paris. Next month there could be a live stream, perhaps not. Stay tuned for up-to-the-minute news.   
Russell 

Set list: Joy SpringYou Must Believe in SpringUp Jumped SpringSpring is HereI'll Remember AprilSpring Can Really Hang You Up the MostIt Might as Well be SpringApril in Paris.

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