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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.

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.

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Live from Emmet's Place - March 1

(Screenshot by Russell)
Emmet Cohen (piano); Russell Hall (double bass); Kyle Poole (drums); Samara Joy (vocals)

A combination of reading (and believing) LL's rave review of Samara Joy's album (posted earlier this month) and noting in the current issue of Jazz Times that Emmet Cohen's March 1st live stream continues to be available to view on YouTube goes some way in explaining why this review arrived a tad late in BSH's inbox...near enough four months late! 

Live from Emmet's Place is pianist Emmet Cohen's weekly contribution to the now familiar world of the virtual gig. Emmet's Place is the pianist's rather swanky-looking NYC apartment. It just so happens a Steinway occupies centre stage (nothing unusual there, your Steinway is in the spare bedroom, isn't it?). Let's get things straight...Emmet Cohen is nothing short of brilliant, a piano player to die for. Cohen's regular working trio partners - bassist Russell Hall and drummer Kyle Poole - are similarly outstanding musicians. The attraction of this particular online performance? The participation of Ms Samara Joy! 

To open the show the trio loosened up with a couple of instrumentals courtesy of Ahmad Jamal and Cedar Walton. Superb. And then, Samara Joy...These Foolish ThingsDay by Day (as sung by Carmen MacRae), Star EyesSophisticated Lady and more. Samara, recently turned twenty two, more than met expectations. Wow! Samara knows Cécile McLorin Salvant, inviting comparison. Let's say Samara doesn't/wouldn't come off second best.  

Sarah Vaughan is an obvious touchstone. How about Ella? Scatting at that. Samara went for it on Oh, Lady be Good! The smiling trio spoke volumes, Emmet and the guys couldn't believe what they were hearing. A new star is in our midst. Oop-Bop-Sh'Bam! Emmet announced that in due course he would get back out on the road and he'd be taking Samara with him. True to his word, later this year they'll be in Europe*.  

There was a poignant twist to this March 1st stream. On the day, news broke of the death of drummer Ralph Peterson Jr. Emmet Cohen dedicated the performance to his friend and fellow musician.  

Samara Joy's appearance with guitarist Pasquale Grasso at Ronnie Scott's on July 6 has been cancelled. Let's hope it'll be rescheduled. Russell   

1 comment :

Ron said...

Russell a great review .coincidentaly I posted early March that this session revealed a great new jazz singer 'Samara Joy giving Emmets Vol no. I also gave another Two 'Vol numbers well worth watching with Veronica Swift and Cyrill Aimee. Like yourself Russell I am also a massive fan of Emmet Cohen Trio.
Ron Ainsborough

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