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Lakecia Benjamin: "From my early days with Clark Terry, he told me 'they see you before they hear you'... I'm just not from that school of thought where I'm gonna wear my jeans and T-shirt on stage and that's going to be respectable." - (Jazzwise, February 2023)

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

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.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
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.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Rossano Sportiello: Live from the Flat #36 - June 15

(Screenshot by Russell)
Rossano Sportiello (piano); Pasquale Grasso (guitar)

Since October last year Italian-born, NYC-resident pianist Rossano Sportiello has been live streaming on a weekly basis from his Greenwich Village flat. Most weeks Sportiello has a guest musician with him, this evening fellow Italian, guitarist Pasquale Grasso joined him to play an hour's worth of choice standards.  

As our duo began to play Out of Nowhere it was striking how large Pasquale Grasso's hands are! Tal Farlow was noted for his wide span on the fretboard, Grasso appears to have a similar gift/advantage. Our host, Sportiello, exudes warmth, smiling all the while, a most elegant pianist utilising his classical background, a master of Harlem stride and other styles. 

 I Cover the WaterfrontHave You Met Miss Jones?, our duo weaving in and out of one another's solo lines, Sportiello with his back to Grasso, a trusting, telepathic pairing. Grasso's solo rendition of Have You Met Miss Jones? held the online audience spellbound - what a great player! Anything Mr Grasso can do...the ever-elegant Mr Sportiello treated us to a Neapolitan song from his youth. 

There's No You (recorded by Jo Stafford and Frank Sinatra), beautifully played, brought us almost to the end of a most enjoyable set. Almost...Sportiello thought it a good idea to go out on Sweet Georgia Brown. Boy! These guys can play!            Russell

Set list: Out of NowhereNostalgiaPennies from HeavenI Cover the WaterfrontSoonHave You Met Miss Jones?; a Neapolitan song; There's No YouSweet Georgia Brown

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