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Veronica Swift: "I don't want to call myself a jazz singer anymore. I'm a singer and a storyteller.'" - (JazzTimes, December 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! --

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13837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 56 of them this year alone and, so far, 56 this month (Jan. 16).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Mon 17: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.

Sun 23 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 23: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 23: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Thursday, July 08, 2021

Album review: Gemma Sherry - Music to Dream to

Gemma Sherry (vocals); Paul Bollenback (guitar); Rick Germanson (piano); Eric Wheeler (bass); Joseph Doubleday (vibes); George Coleman Jr. (drums)

Gemma Sherry is not unknown to BSH. We reviewed two of her three previous albums earlier this year and liked them!

We like this one too not least for the way she overcomes the challenges that must have faced an Australian singer, based in La La Land singing Brazilian songs - a challenge that Gemma handles like a native of all three countries - good on ya Gemma (note how multi-lingual I am!)

There have been so many great vocal albums this year, not only from the States, but also from Europe and from the UK - even in our neck of the vocal woods - that it's difficult, if not impossible,  to draw up any kind of league table. We leave that to DownBeat. However, if you were intent upon ticking those DB boxes then Gemma Sherry should at least be on your short list.

So, what have we got? bossas, sambas and other Latin movers sung with an authenticity seemingly au fait with the culture of the songs.

In my previous review I made reference to Blossom Dearie and Shirley Horn as influences. The blurb adds Stacey Kent to the list but, whilst this is all true - up to a point - with each album her individuality emerges making her very much a player in her own right.

As on Gemma's last album, the band is, I quote courtesy of Cole Porter, Napoleon Brandy/Mahatma Gandhi - they're Cellophane. Great vibes from Doubleday. piano from Germanson, guitar from Bollenback, Wheeler on bass and, pause, is Coleman Jr. the son of legendary tenor sax titan George Coleman? Send your answers on the back of a Miles Davis CD.

A lovely album well worth checking out although I'm not sure about the title - Music to dream to. Who dreams about coffee?

Lance

Keep Talking; So Danco Samba; The Telephone Song; The Coffee Song; Bim Bom; Chove Chiva; The Telephone Song (acoustic version); Keep Talking (acoustic version)

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