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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

Fri 27: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm. SOLDOUT!
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Hip Hop Hooray @ Bar 52, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Fri 27: John Dikeman, Pat Thomas, John Edwards, Steve Noble @ Lit & Phil. 7:30pm. £10.00.
Fri 27: Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £10.00. on the door. A Swung Eight event.
Fri 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Ragtime & stride piano. 8:00pm.

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.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
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.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Album review: Amber Weekes - 'Round Midnight Re-Imagined

Hazel's Hips - a bump and grind number written by Oscar Brown Jr. got me fascinated from the off to the extent that I was thinking about those hips of Hazel more than I perhaps should have been! Incidentally, Weekes' performance is dedicated to a thwarted romance between the then unknown Sidney Poitier and her Aunt Dolores who, at the time, was waitressing at a luncheonette he frequented. 

Summer Samba - as nice and frothy as it usually is with the bonus of a violin solo by Mark Cargill who also did the string arrangement.

Christo Redentor/I Want Jesus to Walk With Me - a doomy religious mix redeemed (no pun intended) by Phil Upchurch's guitar work. Duke Pearson composed the former tune.

Sistermoon/Summertime - another mix (Sting meets the Gershwins) that's given an emotive take. Given the right singer, the much maligned Porgy and Bess opus works. Amber Weekes is very much the right singer for this and, indeed, all 12 tracks.

My Romance - again beautifully sung.

Don't You Feel my Leg - Danny Barker had a hand (in the music) and Lu Barker provided the raunchy lyric: Don't you feel my leg, 'cos if you feel my leg, you'll want to feel my thigh, and if you feel my thigh, you'll want to go up high... Phil Upchurch once again plays some bluesy guitar.

The Bar Suite: Three classic saloon songs of loving and losing. Something Cool; One For my Baby; The Man That Got Away. You've heard them by Christy, Sinatra and Garland and they are, of course, the definitive versions. But, possibly, only because they got there first.

Lovers; 'Round Midnight and More Than You Know round off a superb album by a singer, not unknown to our reviewers and one to check out. If she turns up on a NYC livestream log in even if it means staying up into the wee small hours.

It's been a good year for singers so far and this one ranks alongside all of them.

Lance

Try/buy. 

Amber Weekes (vocals); Danny Grissett/Eddy Olivieri (piano); Trevor Ware (bass); Sherman Ferguson (drums); Louis Van Taylor (alto sax); Phil Upchurch/Greg Cook (guitar); Scott Steen (trumpet); Mark Cargill (violin/producer/string arrangements/conductor + strings.

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