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Bebop Spoken There

John Scofield: "I like architecture that lends itself to improvisation." - (Jazzwise November, 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! --

Postage

13,837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1254 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 23).

From This Moment On ...

October

Tue 26: Classic Swing @ Ship inn, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the band’s weekly residency will be fortnightly until further notice.
Tue 26: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the Black Swan’s fortnightly jam session.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

November

Mon 01: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Ella Hohnen-Ford - June 20

(Screenshot by Russell)
Ella Hohnen-Ford (vocals); Giacomo Smith (clarinet); Will Arnold-Forster (guitar); Will Sach (double bass) + Kit Downes (piano)

North London, Sunday, 7:30. Ella Hohnen-Ford invited some of the boys over to play a few tunes. The Wills - Messrs Arnold-Forster, guitar, and Sach, bass - were joined by Kansas Smitty's Main Man, Mr Giacomo Smith playing clarinet. Later they would be joined by a special guest.

Under a Blanket of Blue for starters. Simply fabulous. 'Deed I Do with Ella's assured scat singing raised the bar, this was as good as anything you're likely to hear in London, NYC or anywhere else you care to mention. After a while the evening's special guest joined the party. Kit Downes knows a tune or two and fitted in with consummate ease accompanying Ella on Georgia on My Mind. Our singer's ace band cruised along on Stars Fell on Alabama (comp. Frank Perkins, lyrics Mitchell Parish), Downes playing some dazzling piano as Ella sang (scatting), making it look and sound so easy.

September in the Rain featured top notch solos from one and all, great stuff. Our Love is Here to Stay swung ever so gently, Giacomo scarcely able to restrain himself from swinging it out the door, Kit comping like nobody's business. From September in the Rain to Ella's wonderfully expressive Autumn in New York. Superb! More next week, what a treat! 
Russell.

Set list: Under a Blanket of Blue; 'Deed I DoGone with the WindMy Heart Stood StillLover Come Back to MeGeorgia on My MindStars Fell on AlabamaSeptember in the RainOur Love is Here to StaySeptember in the RainAutumn in New YorkI've Never Been in Love Before

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