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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)

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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.
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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

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 + Knats @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. POSTPONED!.

Tue 25: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 10:00am - 12 noon. Rehearsal session (open to the public). .
Tue 25: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Murray Wankling, Paul Grainger, King David Ike-Elechi.

Monday, September 27, 2021

Earl Okin @ Ronnie Scott's - Sept. 26

Earl Okin (guitar, piano, vocals); Paul Morgan (double bass); Michèle Drees (drums, guitar, vocals)

Earl Okin is a singular talent. Musician, raconteur, wit, Okin performs on the international concert stage and comedy club circuit. This lunchtime engagement at Ronnie Scott's found him working with bassist Paul Morgan and drummer Michèle Drees. 

A near capacity audience - jazz fans, jazz fans with a sense of humour, luncheon types, others with nothing better to do - listened, laughed, laughed and listened to a master performer at work. James P Johnson's If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight) opened the show. Self-deprecation is a big part of Okin's stage persona: a would be, if not unlikely Casanova, a story teller. Peer behind the the facade and you'll discover a musician of not inconsiderable talent.  

This being Ronnie's, with Morgan and Drees on board, it had to be 'jazz', and it was, although the humour was never more than a semi-quaver from Okin's crafted vocal delivery and between-tunes patter. Okin quipped the only was he could get into a trio like this was to lead it! Corcovado then When I Fall in Love met with the approval of an attentive full house. Bossa nova is a big part of Okin's set, he likes the form and with Drees on the gig treated the material with due reverence. Drummer Michèle Drees, herself a bossa specialist, sang in Portuguese during a spotlight guitar-vocal feature. Paul Morgan's feature spot heard the bassist play a solo version of In a Sentimental Mood. Bass players throughout the land would love to possess such technique. Quite wonderful!

Okin played some ragtime and some stride, playing Black Beauty by, our man said: My hero (Duke Ellington). Reminiscing in Tempo by way of Mel Tormé, a fun, alternate take on One for My Baby sung, believe it or not, at precisely a quarter to three! Okin held the audience in the palm of his hand. To close a marvellous afternoon here at Ronnie Scott's, Earl Okin won huge applause singing a song (to the tune My Way) about the many duff pianos musicians encounter on their travels...I Want a Steinway! - Russell     

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