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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Gelly: "I honestly think that Danish singer Sinne Eeg must be one of the best jazz vocalists alive today, although I confess I haven't heard them all." - (Observer, 28.11.21)

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

14743 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1362 of them this year alone and, so far, 78 this month (Nov. 24).

From This Moment On ...

November

Mon 29: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

December

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra @ Newcastle City Hall. Doors: 6:30pm. 1st night.
Wed 01: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00-9:30pm. In the bar.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Tom Ollendorff @ Café Cathedral, Owengate, Durham. 8:00pm. £5.00. A Durham Jazz Soc. event.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £22.00. Xmas lunch. Tel: 0191 691 7090.
Thu 02: Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra @ Newcastle City Hall. Doors: 6:30pm. 2nd night.
Thu 02: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Billingham Catholic Club. 7:30pm. Fundraiser for SVP. Tickets: £5.00. from 07757 062798.
Thu 02: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club, Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 03: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £22.00. Xmas lunch. Tel: 0191 691 7090.
Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Saltburn Community Theatre. 7:30pm.

Sat 04: Play Jazz! Workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Clark Tracey. £25.00., book at: www.jazz.coop. .
Sat 04: Hot Club du Nord @ St Cuthbert’s, Hebron, nr. Morpeth. 7:30pm. Festive Special! SOLD OUT!.
Sat 04: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Greenside Community Centre, Ryton. 7:30pm. £5.00..
Sat 04: Clark Tracey Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £15.00. .
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Red Lion, Earsdon, North Tyneside. 8:00pm. £3.00. Xmas party.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 05: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 05: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 05: Glenn Miller Orchestra UK @ Stockton Globe. 3:00pm. Ray McVay & co.
Sun 05: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 7:00pm.
Sun 05: Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 06: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Friday, August 06, 2021

Album review; Sean Gibbs: When Can I See You Again?

Sean Gibbs (trumpet); Riley Stone-Lonergan (tenor sax); Rob Brockway (piano); Calum Gourlay (bass); Jay Davis (drums).

I remember, back in the early days of the Side Café, situated in the shadow of the Tyne Bridge, climbing the stairs to the upper room. I'd been off the scene for a while and it came as a surprise to realise that a whole new generation of jazz musicians had arrived. Many of them the equal, if not better than some of the older musicians I'd revered. Bernard Shaw's famous quote came to mind: "Of course you're better than I am - you were born after me"!

The young pianist who sat in at the closing jam session didn't kick ass that night but you had the feeling he was polishing his shoes in readiness.

I'm talkin' Rob Brockway - those shoes must be rather worn by now!

That promise has well and truly come to fruition over the years and, on this album,  he meets his fellow A-listers on even terms.

Sean Gibbs, like so many, is a product of the Birmingham Conservatoire after initially making his mark with the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland. His solos, like his compositions, combine lyricism and fire with no lack of technique.  

Riley Stone-Lonergan, for those unfamiliar with his playing, threw his hat in the ring via various livestreams during lockdown and told the world that the UK probably has more top class tenor players per "unsquare" mile than anywhere in the world - yes, maybe even over there!

Jay Davis graduated from Leeds and has picked up many prestigious awards since. 

Calum Gourlay is a bass playing legend north of the border and, after graduating and subsequently teaching at the Royal Academy of Music, he soon became a first call bassist on the London scene.

As for Rob I feel proud and yet humble to have been in on the ground floor (metaphorically speaking) of this young man's remarkable growth and I'm pretty sure there's much more to come.

In the meantime, if you like your jazz to have a suggestion of Herbie Hancock about it then look no further. Lance

Released August 13 on Ubuntu Music (UBU 0083) with a launch at The Vortex on August 20.

Internal Conflict; Happy Hour; Mary; The Grand Parade; That's Your Lot; Camperdown; When Can I See You Again?

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