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Emma Rawicz: "I'm at a place where I'm really happy, but why stop there? Okay isn't really good enough." - (Jazzwise November 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! --

Postage

13,645 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1264 of them this year alone and, so far, 91 this month (Oct. 27).

From This Moment On ...

October

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 31: Spooky Jazz @ The Shed, Wylam Library..
6:00-7:30pm. Free, collection for Parkinson's UK.
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

November

Mon 01: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 03: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 03: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 03: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 03: Washboard Resonators @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Friday, August 20, 2021

Nubya Garcia @ The Proms - August 18 (BBC 4 broadcast August 20)

Nubya Garcia (tenor sax); Joe Armon-Jones (piano, Fender Rhodes); Daniel Casimir (double bass); Sam Jones (drums); Sheila Maurice-Grey (trumpet, flugel); Vula Malinga, Michelle Ndegwa, Ladonna Young (backing vocals)

Sir Henry Wood gazed down from above in wonder. Below him the Promenaders too gazed in wonder - and so they should - this was something special. We'd already had something special this afternoon at the Lit & Phil and tonight was also special albeit in a totally different way.

The jazz mags have been effusive in their praise of Nubya and her name is not unknown in some of our daily 'quality papers'. Even the New York Times rate her so the portents were ominous - had she been over-hyped?

Emphatically not!

What we saw is what we got. A tenor sax player who can play and play good - indeed very very good - Nubya's rating in the DownBeat Critic's Poll (winner in Rising Star Tenor Sax category) no longer a surprise. Blowing alongside her on several of Nubya's compositions, trumpet/flugel player Sheila Maurice-Grey was no mug either. What a great  pairing the two made. A solid rhythm section driven along by Sam Jones with outstanding solos from Casimir and Armon-Jones had me transfixed. And, if that wasn't enough the three backing singers provided some nice harmonies with Vula Malinga having a vocal feature on Boundless Beings.

The themes were all meaningful without touching on the moon and June mode. Perhaps the closest was Together is a Beautiful Place which was quite poignant -  Nubya remembering someone close who'd passed on. Lovely flugelhorn solo added to the emotive feel.

Difficult to pin down stylistically. The influence of Tomorrow's Warriors not far away, nods towards the jazz fringe but not close enough to hurt, the occasional disco feel and, if this had been the legendary last night, the Promenaders would have been shaking their booties as if they were listening to Frankie Knuckles (today is Frankie Knuckles Day!)

Little did Sir Henry know that what he started way back in 1895 would still be going strong and would include jazz which, in 1895, had yet to be invented by a chap called Jelly Roll Morton! Lance

SourceThe Message ContinuesPaceTogether is a Beautiful PlaceBefore us: In Deidara and CauraStand with Each Other; Inner GameBoundless BeingsLa cumbia me está Ilamando. 

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