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Farewell Blues

R.I.P. HRH Queen Elizabeth ll (1926 - Sept. 8, 2022).
R.I.P. Trevor Tomkins (1941 - Sept. 9, 2022).
R.I.P. Gordon McGregor (Sept. 11, 2022).
R.I.P. Ramsey Lewis (1935 - Sept. 12, 2022).
R.I.P. Pharoah Sanders (Oct. 13, 1940 - Sept. 24, 2022).
R.I.P. Sue Mingus (April 2, 1930 - Sept. 24, 2022).

Bebop Spoken There

Larry Klein: "- in a certain way - Leonard [Cohen] is the greatest songwriter ever." - (Jazzwise October 2022)

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

14602 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 880 of them this year alone and, so far, 80 this month (Sept. 26).

From This Moment On ...

September

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 28: Battle of the Bands @ NE Volume Music Bar, Yarm Lane, Stockton. Doors 6:00pm. Tickets: £5.00. adv., £6.00. on the door. Participants inc. Milne Glendinning Band.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 28: Black is the Color of My Voice @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. One woman stage play (the life & times of Nina Simone).
Wed 28: Laura Jurd @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 29: Ushaw Ensemble @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 29: Czajka & Puchaz + Mark Solborg + Anthropology @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Thu 29: ‘58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: Peter Morgan Trio @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 30: Adam Johnson @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 30: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 30: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 30: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 30: Pete Churchill & Noel Dennis: Exploring the Jazz Metaphor in Leadership & Management @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 2:30-4:00pm. Workshop.Tickets: £3.30 (inc. bf). A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 30: FILM: Bird (Dir. Clint Eastwood) + Swing Bridge (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 6:30pm.
Fri 30: Orphy Robinson + Maniscalco-Bigoni-Solborg + Nicole Mitchell + Binker Golding-Alexander Hawkins-John Pope-Paul Hession @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle (7:00pm). A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 30: Ushaw Ensemble @ St Mary’s Church, Holy Island. 7:30pm.
Fri 30: Alter Ego @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Fri 30: King Bee @ The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Independent, Sunderland. 9:00pm. £22.50. DJs + King Bee.

October

Sat 01: Dale Storr @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 01: Nicole Mitchell & Alexander Hawkins @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sat 01: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Pete Churchill. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 01: Orphy Robinson (in conversation); Beck Hunters w John Pope & Laura Cole; Daniel Levin; Black Top w Mariam Rezaei @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 6:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sat 01: Simon O'Byrne @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Solo guitar & vocals.
Sat 01: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 9:00-9:45pm. A Great Market Caper multi-bill event. Superb Chicago blues band. Doors: 6:30pm. Tickets: £10.00. + bf.

Sun 02 RUTH LAMBERT TRIO @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 02: Helena Anahita Wilson @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sun 02: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 02: Zoë Gilby Trio w Noel Dennis + John Garner & John Pope + Dilutey Juice @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. £7.00.
Sun 02: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 02: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 02: Lindsay Hannon's 'Tom Waits for No Man' @ Three Tanners Bank, North Shields. 6:00pm. Free.
Sun 02: Celebrating the Life & Music of Pharoah Sanders @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £8.00. on the door. Feat. Sue Ferris, Paul Gowland, Tom Atkinson, Jude Murphy, Jeff Armstrong.
Sun 02: Shifa + Bex Burch & Leafcutter John + Farida Amadou @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.

Mon 03: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 04: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).
Tue 04: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Dean Stockdale, Paul Grainger, Tim Johnston.
Tue 04: Blue Jazz Quartet w Rivkala @ The Ship Isis, Sunderland. 7:30pm. Free.

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Birdland for .99 cents!

(Press release)

New York, NY - On July 1, 2021 Birdland, the jazz corner of the world and a New York institution, will open its doors to the public for the first time since March 2020. To mark the grand reopening, Birdland is bringing back 1949 prices as a thank you to returning patrons. Catch Birdland favorites Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble, Jim Caruso’s Cast Party, The Lineup with Susie Mosher, and David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band all month long for only .99 cents when booked in advance! 

Birdland’s July schedule includes performances by Emmet Cohen Trio, Matt Munisteri with Jon Erik-Kellso and the EarRegulars, Allan Harris Septet, Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet, Ken Peplowski Quartet, Joe Alterman Trio and Orrin Evans Quartet

All performances will take place upstairs in Birdland Jazz Club with the exception of the Allan Harris Septet, which will take place downstairs in the Birdland Theater. The venue will adhere to the reopening guidelines as set forth by the City of New York, New York State, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). 

See below for the full schedule and visit www.birdlandjazz.com for more information. 

July 2021 Schedule: 
 

July 1 (Thursday) 7:00
July 2-3 (Friday - Saturday) 7:00 & 9:30
Emmet Cohen Trio

Pianist Emmet Cohen is one of the most dynamic young artists on the New York City jazz scene. With a "nimble touch, measured stride and warm harmonic vocabulary," (Downbeat) Emmet developed a global following with his popular "Live From Emmet's Place" pandemic livestreams. A Mack Avenue recording artist and Yamaha endorser Emmet Cohen has appeared at major international jazz festivals, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, and more, with jazz legends Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Jimmy Cobb, George Coleman, Jimmy Heath, Houston Person, Christian McBride, and Kurt Elling. His new album Future Stride was awarded four stars by The Guardian and is available everywhere now. Emmet Cohen (piano) Russell Hall (bass) Kyle Poole (drums)
$30

July 7 (Wednesday) 7:00

Matt Munisteri with Jon-Erik Kellso and The EarRegulars
Renowned brassman Jon-Erik Kellso and virtuosic guitarist Matt Munisteri formed the EarRegulars in 2007. Known for their popular residency at local jaunt The Ear Inn, these two master musicians perform swinging, melodic classic jazz with an ever-changing roster of players. Listeners will hear everything from New Orleans style through the Tin Pan Alley classics, the swing era, and mainstream jazz in this high-energy, uplifting show. Matt Munisteri (guitar, vocals) Jon-Erik Kellso (trumpet) Jay Rattman (sax, clarinet) Pat O’Leary (bass)
.99 cents advance; $10 at door

July 8-10 (Thursday - Saturday) 8:30 - Birdland Theater
Allan Harris Septet

Soulful crooner-guitarist Allan Harris will celebrate the release of his smashing new album Kate’s Soulfood! His most ambitious ensemble project to date, Kate’s Soulfood is a love letter to his beloved Harlem neighborhood and marks an exciting new page in Harris’ storied career. Described by The Miami Herald as possessing a voice with “the warmth of Tony Bennett, the bite and rhythmic sense of Sinatra, and the sly elegance of Nat ‘King' Cole,” Harris has garnered wide acclaim from critics and legions of fans from all over the world. Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Harris has remained in the public eye due to his weekly live stream concert series “Harlem After Dark, Unplugged”. These virtual performances regularly attract thousands of fans and have become a staple in many music lovers’ homes. Allan Harris (vocals, guitar) Arcoiris Sandoval (piano) Marty Kenney (bass) Norman Edwards (drums) Bruce Harris (trumpet) Irwin Hall (sax) Jhair Sala (percussion) Gregoire Maret (harmonica)
$30

July 15 (Thursday) 7:00
July 16 (Friday) 7:00 & 9:30
Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet

A rare NYC appearance by trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet! Heralded in the press as "the most fun of the Marsalises... the family trombonist, record producer, and family wise guy too," since the age of 17, Delfeayo Marsalis has produced more than 120 recordings, garnering one GRAMMY® award and several nominations. He has toured internationally with jazz legends such as Ray Charles, Art Blakey, Max Roach, Elvin Jones and Slide Hampton, before leading his own quintet and big band around the world. Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet blends a funky New Orleans style with a contemporary jazz twist that keeps toes tapping and fingers snapping, from brass band to Bird to Mingus and more.
$30

July 17 (Saturday) 7:00 & 9:30
Ken Peplowski Quartet

Ken Peplowski’s body of work includes approximately 50 CDs as a soloist and nearly 400 as a sideman. Collaborations with music luminaries Charlie Byrd, Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney, the Cincinnati Pops under Erich Kunzel, Hank Jones, Peggy Lee, Bill Charlap, Benny Goodman, Woody Allen and Madonna have secured his reputation as one of the world’s top clarinetists, as have his headliner spots at the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note, and Dizzy’s Club—and his induction into the Jazz Cruise Hall Of Fame in 2013. Growing seemingly ever stronger, Peplowski continues to dazzle audiences. This performance will feature pianist Ted Rosenthal, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Matt Wilson.
$30

July 22 (Thursday) 7:00
July 23-24  (Friday - Saturday) 7:00 & 9:30
Joe Alterman Trio

A Birdland favorite, pianist Joe Alterman leads his trio in celebration of his new release Live at Birdland. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Alterman studied music at New York University, where he received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees. In addition to performances with Houston Person, Les McCann and his own trio, among others, Alterman has performed at many world renowned venues including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Birdland and New York’s Blue Note, where Alterman has opened, many times, for Ramsey Lewis. Just over 30 years old, Alterman has released four critically-acclaimed albums to date. Dick Cavett has referred to Alterman as “one fine, first class entertainer” and Ramsey Lewis has called Alterman “an inspiration to me” and his piano playing “a joy to behold.”
$30

July 29 (Thursday) 7:00
July 30-31 (Friday - Saturday) 7:00 & 9:30
Orrin Evans Quartet

After three years with The Bad Plus, the 2x Grammy nominated pianist and composer Orrin Evans steps out on his own. His newest project is The Magic of Now, a new quartet album due out later this year with Smoke Sessions Records. Evans’ hard-hitting group features stalwart players Vincente Archer and Bill Stewart, plus fast-rising star saxophonist Immanual Wilkins. Wilkins’ debut album Omega (released last year on Blue Note) was called “the most important debut jazz recording in years” by JazzTimes. Orrin Evans (piano) Immanuel Wilkins (alto saxophone) Vincene Archer (bass) Bill Stewart (drums)
$30

Regular Engagements - All 1949 Special Pricing!

July 4,11,18,25 (Sundays) 7:00 PM
Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble

Pianist, composer and educator Arturo O'Farrill—leader of the "first family of Afro-Cuban Jazz" (NY Times)—leads an Octet version of the GRAMMY® award winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO), who bring together the drama of big band jazz, the culture of Latin music, and the virtuosity of eighteen of the world’s most accomplished solo musicians. Twelve years of critically-acclaimed performances internationally have firmly established the ALJO as the standard-bearer for creative interpretation of Latin jazz greats such as Tito Puente, Frank “Machito” Grillo, and Chico O’Farrill, as well as the driving force behind new commissions from Latin music’s most talented composers and arrangers.
.99 cents advance; $10 at door

July 5,12,19,26 (Mondays) 8:00
Jim Caruso’s Cast Party

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party is a wildly popular weekly soirée that brings a sprinkling of Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City every Monday night. Since 1993, it's been a cool cabaret night-out enlivened by a hilariously impromptu variety show. Showbiz superstars, backed by Billy Stritch on piano, Steve Doyle on bass and Daniel Glass on drums, hit the stage alongside up-and-comers, serving up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle.
.99 cents advance; $10 at door

July 6,13,20,27 (Tuesdays) 7:00
The Lineup with Susie Mosher

The Lineup with Susie Mosher is a wild, anything-goes variety show featuring entertainers from the Broadway, cabaret and comedy scenes. Actress/singer Mosher hosts the spontaneous extravaganza at 9:30pm every Tuesday, and each Lineup is unique and promises to deliver an unforgettable night of quintessential NYC entertainment.
.99 cents advance; $10 at door

July 14,21,28 (Wednesdays) 7:00 - Birdland Jazz Club
David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band

Inspired by the noble jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and their colleagues, David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band breathes life and passion into America’s own great art form. Now in its 17th year of residency at Birdland, the weekly post-workday engagement is the city’s best musical bargain! Tuba player David Ostwald leads a rotating lineup of New York’s best “hot jazz” performers.
.99 cents advance;
$10 at door

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