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Bebop Spoken There

John McDonough (reviewing Bright Red Dog’s In Vivo): “When you improvise on nothing, that’s what you get”. - DownBeat August 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.

Postage

13,508 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 926 of them this year alone and, so far, 90 this month (July 27).

From This Moment On

Wed 28: Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Assembly Rooms, 40 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3ET. 9:20pm. £8.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event (www.durhamfringe.co.uk).

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Sat 31: Lindsay Hannon @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Lindsay previews new, original material.

Sat 31: jaktar + Johnny Richards @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion.

August

Sun 01: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 01: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Leeds College of Music graduate guitarist (Masters, Jazz Performance & Composition).

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Rico's (Saturday) Popup Louis - June 19

(Screenshot by Russell)
Rico Tomasso (trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals); Will Barry (piano)

A Popup Louis on a Saturday? Yes, Rico Tomasso had been working up in Edinburgh for a couple of days and decided to delay his regular Friday evening session twenty four hours. What's more, Rico's journey home was delayed due to all trains south being fully booked...something to do with several thousand Scots descending on London for the little matter of a keenly anticipated sporting fixture. Joining Rico this evening, none other than Kansas Smitty's regular, pianist Will Barry.  

Rico and Will set about playing an hour-long set of standards which would include one or two numbers new to Will. You and the Night and the Music opened the show. A tune prone to quasi-operatic interpretation, in the hands of Rico and Will the Arthur Schwartz-Howard Dietz number escaped any such treatment. Rico singing Comes Love came as a surprise. Our host just about got away with it. Flugelhorn time...a brief conference: tempo agreed, 'from the top' etc...They Say It's Spring. You wouldn't know our duo had played no more than a couple of gigs together (Kansas Smitty's included). A Disney tune for Sarah Spencer kept Rico on his flugel, the number, taken at a snail's pace, When You Wish upon a Star. To close, Dearly Beloved. Russell
     
Set list: You and the Night and the MusicBaby Won't You Please Come Home?This Can't Be LoveComes LoveYou're Driving Me CrazyThey Say It's SpringWhen You Wish upon a StarDearly Beloved

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