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Charlotte Keefe: "I don't know what I'm going to play any more than you [the audience] do." - (Jazz North East/Jazz Co-op gig June 13, 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.


13,359 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 777 of them this year alone and, so far, 51 this month (June 13).

From This Moment On


Wed 16: Washboard Resonators @ Punchbowl Hotel, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm). SOLD OUT!

Thu 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside (1:00pm).

Thu 17: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 18: Jazz Jamaica @ Sage Gateshead (8:00pm).

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

Sun 20 Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential:

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

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

Saturday, May 01, 2021

Cyrille Aimée & Michaël Valeanu live streaming from Mezzrow, NYC - Apr 30

(Screenshot by Russell)
Cyrille Aimée (vocals, guitar); Michaël Valeanu (guitar)

It was International Jazz Day but it didn't seem to register with Mezzrow. Spike Wilner's Greenwich Village basement venue presents jazz seven nights a week, International Jazz Day or not. And on this day, vocalist extraordinaire Cyrille Aimée and partner, guitarist Michaël Valeanu, had a new album to promote. 

I'll Be Seeing You is Aimée and Valeanu's new recording, their first as a duo, although they have recorded together several times in various line-ups. Mezzrow opened its doors to an audience and it was a sellout. That tells only half the distancing measures limited numbers to just thirteen lucky people! 

An unannounced first number, Aimée singing in French, the title eluded your reviewer. The title track - I'll Be Seeing You (Sammy Fain-Irving Kahal) - didn't pose any problems, similarly, Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise, the latter's coda morphing into Hit the Road Jack. Aimée is a vocalist right out of the top drawer: animated, expressive, dynamic and utterly fearless, her voice her instrument, 'soloing' as any horn player would do. Wordless vocals, scat, Aimée is a captivating performer. Her partner, Valeanu, from Pigalle, Paris, is as good as any guitarist adopting the role of accompanist to, in this case, Aimée the vocalist.

A new tune, so new, our duo have yet to think of a title, featured Valeanu's classy guitar playing and Aimée's strummed guitar! Another number, again sung in French, sounded good but, as for the title...

An inventive and effective take on How Deep is the Ocean? drew appreciative applause from the lucky few and the set closer, the first track on the new album, Bye Bye Blackbird, once again featured the unmistakable voice of Ms Aimée. Russell

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